Captain’s Away Day Report

Lovely, great, smashing – look what you could’ve won!

So, the weather behaved itself yet again for us all and we were treated to a lovely day of sunshine throughout – with a bit of a generous breeze in the afternoon.

After a warm and friendly greeting from the General Manager at Muswell Hill Golf Club he proceeded to tell me that they had a championship taking place on the Saturday and that the greens had been ironed so they would be high on the stimp meter! He wasn’t kidding – I have seen more friction on glass!

Suffice to say that they were in excellent condition as was the course and all of the facilities too.

After a hearty bacon roll and a cup of tea first thing (with a lot of rules explaining too) we got started with a 9-hole Texas Scramble to get a feel for the course.

As expected, the greens were a challenge and that meant that the scoring was quite standard with most groups at or around even par for their rounds.

The team with a healthy handicap and a score of 1 under gross for their 9 holes took the prize in the end – well done to Toby Hall, Mike Steele, John Hall and Kevin Wright.

A return to the clubhouse saw us have a healthy lunch of Ham, Egg and Chips washed down with a variety of beverages depending on how well people were thinking of their game at that point!

Then came the afternoon singles stableford and various hole prizes over the full 18 holes.

As a weary group of ageing men dragged themselves round 18 holes the scoring for the earlier groups reflected this with a few odd exceptions. Anything above 30 points was an excellent score on the day given the conditions and anyone achieving that deserved to be among the prizes.

Before the prizes were handed out, we were treated to a lovely evening meal, enjoyed by all.

OK so the afternoon prize winners were:

Nearest the pin on the 5th hole went to one of my Guests from up North – Jason Bullock. Well done JB.

Nearest the pin on the 8th was John Hall but as it is a one prize only event this prize was passed on to our Best Guest on the day – Marc Smith. Well done Marc that is a prize at both home and away days – I expect you to be joining soon!

Nearest the Pin in 2 on the 10th hole went to our own Don Johnson – well done Don.

Nearest the pin on the 12th hole went to our own Simon Bell with a great shot to get inside what was already leading at the time. Well done Simon.

Nearest the pin on the 14th hole actually went to me! Cannot believe that wasn’t bettered as it was quite a short hole.

Longest Drive on the 17th Hole was John Hall but again he couldn’t take an extra prize, so it was rolled back, and the recipient was another of my Friends from the North – Ian Jenkins. Well done Ian.

The runner up on the day was the already mentioned John Hall with an excellent 35 points. Clearly, he had a good day as his name was on most of the hole prizes too at some point. Well done John.

However, as always, there can only be one winner and the black cab mafia again take the main prize at a Captains Day – this time with a great score of 36 points it was Kevin Wright. Terry has probably cut you already!

That just leaves me to say my thankyous to those that helped me in getting the day to run as smooth as it did:

Peter Lawrence for helping me in getting the cards done
Terry Rymer for collecting cash off players not paying in to the bank
My Friends from the North for supporting me on the day
ALL of the team at Muswell Hill who were excellent throughout

I will be clearing off on holiday next week, but my thoughts are already turning towards the Dinner Dance as the next main event so watch out for some communications about the function in terms of prices, food choices etc. Hopefully I shall see as many of you there as possible to end the year on a high – don’t forget it is Saturday October 19th.

Thanks again for all of your support.

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