This week’s Thursday Society was a quiet affair in terms of competition but was attended by some very unwelcome guests! A real storm front torn across the course and heavy showers frequently tried the patience of the hardy bunch that played. The man who tamed the wind most successfully was Kevin Barrett(11). Kevin has been searching for that special something in his game recently and, now that his private back garden driving range is complete, he may just have found his holy grail – consistency. A steady eighteen for the front nine was his reward for patience in the difficult conditions and he added a further 17 on the journey home. A neat little downwind birdie at the swirling Par 3 12th, “Billy’s” gave him four points and more than compensated for the double-bogey, bogey at seventh and eighth. The overall effect was a 35 point score on his card and a first place secured.

A break-of-tie was needed to decide the recipients of other prizes on offer. After the calculation was done Ross Gamble(20) found that his back nine had just shaded that of Fred Stuart(22). Ross overcame a nasty blank at the downwind Par 5 3rd, “Longfellow but still managed 20 points for the opening holes. Steady play on the journey home just gave him the edge and he finished in second place. Fred Stuart’s swing of late has been a joy to behold. Low energy, low-ball flight, middle of the fairway ball placement – everything required of a golfer who is obviously not finding this difficult game too taxing! With 18 pints on the card for the front holes Fred added a further fifteen for the homeward leg and threw in a birdie two at the Par 3 12th just for good measure.

Results Clive/Pat/Martin. Competitions committee.

Report: Martin Doherty

02.02.17 Thursday Society wk 14






Kevin Barrett




Ross Gamble




Fred Stuart



NQ. *Break of tie.