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At long last the rain had eased, and fluffy white clouds were scudding across an azure sky.  The promise of sunshine had encouraged several people to wear shorts for the first trophy competition of the season, the Spring Scramble on Saturday 13th April.

A slight chill in the air, and short-lived rolling fog, greeted the early starters, but it wasn’t enough to put them off their stride.  As the hours went by, there was some warmth to the sun (and to those bare knees) as all 32 groups on the course tried their best to record birdies and avoid bogeys

It wasn’t until the fourth group out that we had a score of 54 – the quartet of Matt Hale, Rich Alsop, Matt McVerry and Andrew Murphy would eventually finish fifth.

Two groups later, Leon and Ben Demicoli, Andrew Wilkes and Tom Smallman posted 51.7 and must have thought that they were in with a good chance of winning.  Sadly for them, within half an hour, Jordan Armstrong, Liam Tarplee, Jake Browning and Dennis Parkes submitted a gross 63 for a net 50.7.

As the day wore on, it looked like Lee Machin’s team – for reasons of propriety, I’m not allowed to record the name they give themselves – would take third place with a net 53.2.  But, as they do so often, Chris Alton and Dave Lippitt found someone to carry them around ; in this case, it was Ange Smith and Alison Dickson as the team scored a net 52.1 to grab the last of the spoils.

The full results can be found here Spring Scramble 2024 – results sheet

You’ll note that at the bottom of the sheet are four teams shown in lilac.  These four groups played knowing that they could not win the competition (or the prizes) as one or more of their group members had not submitted Acceptable Scores in the required minimum of 3 x 18-hole qualifying competitions in the 12 months prior to the closing date of the competition.  A lesson for us all.

Finally, there were many positive comments about the course set-up.  Challenging but fair was one that I heard on several occasions.  The success of the competition was primarily due to all 18 greens and all 18 tee boxes being open for play for the first time this year.  So, thanks to Mark Cunningham and his team.

Deryck Hall & Sharon Easton-Pollock

Competition Co-ordinators

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