MEETING – THORNEY PARK GOLF CLUB
WEDNESDAY 31ST MAY 2017
The day was just breaking, the dew sitting proud on the ground.
The Thorney Park Golf Club course was damp and had not yet been
whipped over by the green staff.
The sound of the machines could be heard clearly as the staff worked
their magic in preparation for today’s play.
Meanwhile, the 21 players of the Middlesex Masonic Golf Society
were enjoying their bacon roll and coffee in the relaxed atmosphere
of the club house prior to battle commencing.
Step forward Captain Terry Turner who was limbering up prior to
entering the virtual reality Academy in the professional’s
Here, he was joined by the other players who all tried their best
to achieve nearest the pin whilst avoiding any water hazards and
bunkers. Some had success where others failed. At this point Dave
Goff (who is a member of Thorney Park) was duly disqualified, as
he has 3 years’ experience of using the Academy.
Then along the way a Champion stepped forward and struck a mighty
blow to the green. This Champion was in the form of Richard Love.
After he threw down the gauntlet, none could match him. Well done
Everyone then made their way onto the first tee. It was to be played
off full handicap, whilst adhering to Stableford rules.
There was a mixed bag of players of all standards with members of
Thorney Park joining in the fun as guests. A big thank you is extended
to all these players.
First out was Chris Johns, our Secretary, with Len Worsley, (old
Master of all golf courses), playing with 2 guests.
And so the day began.
The sun came out and the sweat began to appear. Shots went awry,
putts failed to drop, and the atmosphere became intense. The local
birds and wildlife could be heard to sigh as shots went in all directions.
Then, in the distance a lone voice could be heard. “I do not
believe it”, this was coming from Scott Lowson!
The achievement of the day must be awarded to Len Worsley , at a
youthful 92 who got 27 points in total. Congratulations Len for
showing us all how to do it!
Four hours later, following a shower and much welcomed pint of the
amber nectar it was time to dissect and discuss the days play.
The course was now at peace, and it was time to sit down and tuck
into roast beef with all the trimmings followed by deep filled apple
pie and custard, which was devoured and savoured by all.
The Captain rose to thank all those taking part, the club house
staff, and the resident Club Professional, Matthew Potter for making
it such an enjoyable and memorable day.
And so to the results:
Nearest to the pin on the Academy: Richard Love
Nearest to the pin on the 8th: Dave Goff
Nearest to the pin in two on the 13th: Harry Slessor (guest)
Guest results, runner up: Martin St John, first prize: Luis Martinez
Members results, runner up: Dave Goff, first prize: Chris Johns
A special thanks
must go to Mark Heyburn who was busy sorting out the finances for
everyone. He put a lot of work in behind the scenes both on the
day and prior to the event.
An auction was conducted at the end of the day, and a signed copy
of a print of Nick Faldo was purchased by Matthew Potter. This and
all other proceed gained on the day were given to the charity chest.
The next meeting will be at Old Fold Manor GC on Friday 7th July
2017. Please contact Chris Johns (Secretary), or Mark Heyburn (Treasurer)
if you are interested in playing. More information to follow.
In the interim, Middlesex has submitted 3 teams to the Ter Centenary
event at The Lambourne GC, which is being played on Thursday 8th
June 2017. We wish all teams and players well (especially Middlesex!!).