Pro's day at Sidmouth Golf Club
With the weather for the last two years being atrocious on Pro's Day, a keen eye was watching the weather forecast, writes Chris Haigh.
With the weather for the last two years being atrocious on Pro's Day, a keen eye was watching the weather forecast. Fortunately we were blessed with superb weather and it even, at one point, resembled a summer's day!A field of 140 turned out to support me and I am very grateful to all the competitors. The format for the day was a Greensome, which basically means that in teams of two both tee off and then you argue amongst yourselves (one reason why I chose not to have mixed teams) who has hit the best shot. Then the team play alternate shots from the best positioned drive. The format is a break from the norm and allowed players to taste a different aspect of the golfing format and the feedback I received indicated a good choice.The first tee time was 7.30am and, as usual for big events, Dennis Williamson was on the tee to start the first group off and he stayed there till the very last and my thanks go to him for doing this. The Ladies' section made the first tee look especially nice with matching colour flowers to represent the tee markers and again thanks to those involved. As for the scoring, I heard a score of 44 points at the halfway stage and thought that had to be the winning one but, come the end of the day, one better - 45 points - took the honours and this was the young and not so young pair of Matthew Brace and Brian Leach, with John Rockey and Harry Baden just missing out with 44 points on a count back.First up to collect prizes were my Sunday juniors, Dan Corrick, Fran and Tom Hill.The evening's entertainment was provided by Le Jazz, a local group who can play anything from a one piece all the way to an eight piece, and I can fully recommend their talent. The evening also raised a lot of money for The Wooden Spoon and a considerable bulk of this was provided by a certain bidder for a prize that money could not normally buy, but on this occasion it did, and it was bought for £252. I would like to thank all involved and one person I forgot to mention at the prize giving was David Pepperell, who works tirelessly for the club, especially on these social events. Again thank you to everyone whom attended and helped to make it such a great day.