After what seemed an eternity, full competition and cart golf returned to Woodford Island last week.
Apart from couple of shortened holes, the course is in magnificent condition and enjoyed by returning members and social groups finding that courses all around the area were either closed or taking walkers only.
First to shine on the opening weekend competition (with a healthy field of 84) was our very own PGA Pro Paul King. In A Grade, playing off his handicap of four, he made the limited fairway run irrelevant as his driving was long, high and fairway splitting. His 43pts including an eagle and numerous birdies was a full three points clear of the normally top scoring 40 points from Zeke Huish. A very creditable third was Coby Tabor on 39 points.
In B Grade Jack Silalack with his 38 points was good enough by one shot to pip the ageing master Mark Williams returning from injury, with the ebullient Alan Weick on 36 points keeping the early starters regularly in the honours. Even though scored on one of the shortened holes the seven eagles on the 15th hole was outstanding.
NTP on the second was Jackson Wright with Greg Dickinson making light of the lack of run on the seventh to be just past the hole.
Wayne Hinchcliffe conjured a cunning shot on the 11th which pulled up marginally short to take the NTP on the 11th hole. Rob Imeson sailed well clear of the water on 17 to land adjacent to the hole.
After a considerable lay off from shoulder surgery Phil Mcguire wasted no time in getting back amongst the prizes with a gear second shot to take out the Thistle prize (newly sponsored by Sanctus Brewery) with the anticipated release of the clubs’ special brew Sanctus ‘Thistle Lager.’
Club ball prizes down to Phil Mcguire – again on 32 points.
The Thursday field of golfers coming out of hibernation almost blinking their eyes at the condition of the course bathed in sunshine, found the slightly heavy ground a challenge. After their long layoff the smiles (even after some extremely rusty scores) were a delight to behold.
Two golfers who obviously found the layoff to their liking were Fraser Marsh with 42 points and David Bruton just one back on 42 points.
The field were too excited to even record nearest the pins and the ball rundown hovered around anyone who could play to their handicap.