Texas Scramble – 4th April 2013
On yet another mid-winter’s day in April, sixty stalwart Grey Nags ventured forth on the first competition event of the 2013 Golfing Season to contest a very close fought Texas Scramble.
Despite a bitter wind and intensive snow flurries, which at times threatened to seriously settle on the greens, the standard of play was excellent with the leaders trading various birdies, and pars being the norm throughout.
The new captain’s team of David Cowan, Tony Munton and Gerry Robbins headed the field with a winning gross 71/61.4 net, from Tony Burgess, Andy Burlace and Maurice Jackson with a 69 gross/61.7 net in second place with Peter Baker, Bill Hedley and Frank Passantino filling third spot with a 69 gross/63.0 net.
A very good time was enjoyed by all and we now look forward to the first Grey Nags’ Major on 25th April for the Sydney Grimwood/Alan Upwood Trophies
FIRST : Cowan/Munton/Robbins 71 – 9.6 = 61.4
2nd : Burgess/Burlace/Jackson 69 – 7.3 = 61.7
3rd : Baker/Hedley/Passantino 69 - 6.0 = 63.0
4th : Davis/Labrum/Marshall 77 – 13.0 = 64.0
5th : Garratt/R.Smith/T.Smith 73 – 8.7 = 64.3
6th: Gascoyne/Meakin/Standbridge 74 – 9.6 = 64.4
7th: Fourtees/Oliver/Thorpe 75 – 10.3 = 64.7
8th : Moffatt/Pipitone/Spencer 74 – 8.0 = 64.0
9th : Abrahams/Ballinger/Syms 76 – 9.7 = 66.3
10th: Allan/Haynes/Hudson 74 – 6.5 = 67.5
11th: Furnival/R.Morris/Preston 80 – 11.9 = 67.9
12th: Allen/Compton/Mitchell 75 - 6.9 = 68.1
13th: Britain/Fearn/Halsall 75 – 6.7 = 68.3
15th: Dale/Gupta/Morris 80 – 11.3 = 68.7
16th: Doble/Harban/Palin 82 - 12.9 = 69.1
17th: Dineley/Falconer/Rowley 83 - 11.8 = 71.2
18th: Plowman/Russell/Strangward 82 – 11.1 = 71.9
Gerry Robbins – 4th April, 2013
Captain’s Report - Grey Nags’ Matches 2012
Weather-wise it was of course a most disappointing season. We had to cancel 3 home matches and 1 away match due to waterlogged courses - but the good news is that they were all rearranged.
As captain I was able to play in all 24 matches, with different playing partners, and my thanks go to the 53 Grey Nags who supported the team selection during the year, especially those few members who kindly turned up as late replacements.
For record purposes we won 7, lost 3 and halved 2 of our home matches but only managed to halve just 1 of the 12 away matches. Many of the matches were closely fought but all were competitive and friendly, the true spirit of senior golf.
However, the stated ethos of the Grey Nags is that we are senior members of Leamington & County Golf Club who wish to socialise by playing golf and to this end I feel we have had a successful year, albeit extended to the end of October because of the inclement weather.
The hospitality and conviviality of all the teams we have played home and away, have been excellent. The experiment of starting 2 groups of players off the 17th tee for our home matches has generally proved successful; the lunches have been enjoyable and I have managed to arrange games for the majority of members who have entered their names on the selection list.
Once again, I thank you for your support during the season.
Brian Ballinger – Captain
Grey Nags Triathlon
After frustrating fog and rain induced abandonments, the Grey Nags’ Triathlon was eventually played on a wonderfully crisp and brilliantly sunny morning, with the exceptional light picking out the superb, freshly hand-mown greens.
Although understandably wet underfoot off the fairways, the tremendous condition of the course, despite the recent weather battering, invited good play and many of the Grey Nags responded to the call !
In this Olympic year, it had been decided to play a Triathlon in pairs, the special competition comprising the following:-
six holes of 2 Ball Better Ball, six holes of Greensomes, rounding off with six holes of Texas Scramble.
Rumour had it that several pairs had been spotted in local gymnastic venues and been seen early morning jogging around the course in the run up to the encounter, not to mention the all important work put in by the various sports psychologists .
The preparations certainly reaped dividends for Peter Baker and relative new Grey Nag Jeff Holt, who amassed 47 points from their aggregate handicap of 22 to sprint away from the field and win the Gold Medals.
Picking up the Silver Medals two points adrift, playing of 14 handicap on the day, and having displayed considerable spring of step in the chase, were Rod Collerton and Bill Hedley.
Frank Passantino, paired with another welcome new arrival, Roger Smith, were just one point back, on 44 points, off their 10 handicap, to take the remaining medal places on the podium.
So, as the brilliant sunshine nostalgically set over Mount Olympus, the Grey Nags were able to reflect with satisfaction upon their extreme efforts expended to the very last putt, and the very last glass of red, in striving for athletic golfing glory and a well deserved place in the record books.