Despite a brave single-handed display by 19 handicapper Bill Gill, our winter league championship went to Peter ‘Porky’ Edmonds and Dave Kent while Bill’s partner was sunning himself on a beach in Majorca.
Our winter league is a foursomes event for pairs with a minimum combined handicap of 20 and the match format is half the difference. But when one of the pair doesn’t turn up his partner has to give the full difference to their opponents — a draconian punishment but it encourages regular attendance.
Bill’s partner is Bob Edwards and are both retired solicitors. It’s amazing that when solicitors retire they don’t seem to play as much golf as when they working but that’s just a passing thought.
But they have been bang on form lately and were the only pair to storm through the post- Christmas session unbeaten which meant they would play the winners of the pre-Christmas session for the overall championship.
They didn’t seem to expect this because Bob had already booked a holiday in Majorca which mean he wouldn’t be here for the final.
Having been a leading divorce lawyer in the area Bob now seems to be hell bent on being Wales’s leading holidaymaker which is bound to have its inconveniences.
There was talk that he would fly back for the final but that proved to be impossible so Bill was left with a quandary because he was facing a suicide mission.
Porky plays off a hot-shot five while Dave is a bandit of 17 and Bill had to give them five shots. Was it worth the effort? Bill, never shy of accepting a challenge, decided to go ahead and with chief snake, Peter James, as referee and club captain, Leon Reece, in attendance, set off to play way above his handicap.
He lost the first, halved the second but won the third. He then parred the par-five fourth to go one up against his startled opponents. He was doing most of his damage with a rescue club that was flying long and straight.
It helped that Dave Kent was having a bad time and swearing at himself. Porky was assisting in this direction.
They halved the fifth and then Bill lost the sixth to go back to all square. On the short seventh he put his rescue club stone dead to retake the lead. On the par four eighth he hit two cracking rescues to get a half and go up the ninth one up.
But the pressure began to tell and he missed a couple of short putts to go two down after 11 and after 14 was four down.
The 15th is a long, uphill par four and Bill gained a magnificent par while Porky and Dave could only scramble a five. But they had a shot which made it a half and Bill lost 4 and 3.
Captain Leon said it was a great performance. ‘It just shows what a hacker with a deadly rescue club can do.’
Bill would have been the honoured centre of attraction at the prize presentation supper at the club tomorrow night. Unfortunately, he’s gone to Portugal on holiday. It is a lesson to all winter league golfers. Get your bloody priorities right.