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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 Golf Centre.
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 Richard.
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!!).

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