Golf: Old Kingstonians Autumn Texas Scramble
KCS Old Boys fielded two teams of three for this event, the first comprising David Cross, Micky King and Phil Wilkins, and the second made up of Peter Taylor, Paul Brooks and Peter Grant.
The event at Hoebridge was played in extreme weather conditions, with 60 mph winds, blessedly without rain, howling across a fairly hilly course, the tail end of Hurricane Gonzalo. Crampons were almost needed on hole 17, which was more akin to a climb up Box Hill than playing a golf course. An additional hazard were the flying leaves, twigs and acorns, which often deterred accurate putting and finding balls.
Readers of this report will no doubt be thinking that these comments were made after abject failure in the competition, and their suspicions are partially correct. Team One managed a very creditable score of 76, or four over gross, considering the conditions. They were unlucky not to feature in the prizes. David Cross was expected to win a Nearest the Pin prize on hole 12, but was edged out by a later group, much to everyone’s surprise. Team Two got off to a great start with a birdie on the hole 1, but could not repeat the success later, and failed miserably with their chipping and putting, finishing with gross 84.
A fun competition played in arduous conditions. Our thanks to Old Kingstonians for their organisation and hospitality.
We now look forward to the 2015 season, with an increased number of fixtures at Royal Wimbledon GC, including our Spring Meeting on May 6th, and a new fixture against Old Cranleighans on August 5th. We also play away at Kingswood GC on June 4th against Old Paulines. A full fixture list will be circulated shortly