Sprowston Manor, 16/18-September: The 'Visualise' Weekender
So Weekender number 13 has passed in a haze of glory for the select few, and fuzzy hangovers for the rest of us. The new format of Texas Scramble, plus a 2-day Weekender competition, ensured interest was maintained until the final day with 4 scores of 30+ returned on Sunday.
A very rainy Friday welcomed the Texas Scramble, with 4x fourballs vying for early bragging rights. Despite a reasonable debate on the topic, the outcome remains shrouded in mystery, but we think that Smutley, Steve, Adrian and Charlie took the honours with their return of +4. It should be noted at this point that Rodders returned the best individual score of the day with 35 points. More on that later..
Saturday dawned with the inevitable hangovers (thanks to the previous evening's excursion to 'Madness Night' Brickmaker's Arms - that's the 80's band, not the mental condition) and better weather. The clubs and shoes had been dried (for most of us) and the pairings had been drawn, with Paul O and Steve defending their 2015 title. New boys Seb and MartinH were drawn with Committee Members Bully and yours truly (aka Uncle Albert) respectively, but the pairing of Ade and Woody caught the eye and were early favourites with the bookies. Despite a credible return of 59 points, PaulO and Steve were pipped by a single point by Bully and Seb. Ade and Woody were never really at the races, Woody evidently saving his best golf for Sunday (see below). Charlie took wooden spoon on Saturday. Well done to Bully and Seb on the victory.
On Sunday morning the weather seemed to be improving in direct contrast to the size of hangovers, thanks to the annual pilgramage to Chicago's the previous evening. 13 hackers made it onto the first tee, an admirable effort. Possibly the copious amounts of Red Bull which had been conusmed in Chicago's had had a delayed effect, as PaulO, Rodders, Seb and Woody all returned strong scores for the round. Seb was victorious on the day with a whopping 40 points, pipping Rodders by a single point. Woody's third-place 38 was enough to earn a rarely-applied -0.5 handicap award. Wooden spoon on the day (22 points) went to yours truly - it had been a long weekend! Joe Green took long drive and Charlie the near-pin. Well done to all who made it out on Sunday, and special congratulations to the winners.
The eagle-eyed amongst you (who were not present) will have worked out that Rodders therefore took the overall Weekender accolades with 74 points from his 2 rounds, 6 clear of Seb in runner-up, and a further 2 points in front of PaulO in third. Well done to all, especially Rodders - as Ade had tried to summarise his performance: phenomenal! And a pat-on-the-back to all who contributed to another memorable Weekender!