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Friends Summer Challenge a great success

On the College Golf Course
20 Jun 2022

Planning for this new event was considered two years ago and finally found a date in the calendar in 2022.  A meeting early in the year with the golf club captains, Mike Goodwin and Celia Rose, quickly agreed a friendly and sociable format and an appropriate name for this inaugural event. The College kindly agreed to provide a suitable trophy, a complimentary lunch and prizes.

However, the week leading up to the event was not trouble free!

The Golf Clubhouse was effectively closed due to a burst water pipe flooding the interior.  It took several days with humidifiers on full to dry out the building and for the plumbers to ensure water was restored to the facilities.  Happily, by Friday, permission was given to use the building again.

Last minute revisions to the planned catering resulted in a satisfactory lunch being provided at the last minute.  Both issues were proactively solved by men’s Captain Mike Goodwin who, fortunately, had a good knowledge of the College staff and who to approach.

The day itself was dry and sunny and the course was in excellent condition.  Approximately 10 men and 10 ladies arrived in good time for the initial briefing of the format for the day, the allocation of teams and a chance to see the very fine Trophy to be awarded to the the winning team!

This inaugural event was played using individual Stableford scores - added together for a Team winner and provided two separate individual winners.  Further prizes for longest drive and nearest the pin were also included.

A shotgun start on time at 9 am and the five teams teed off.  It was clear that the players were enjoying the mixed format and a friendly banter ensued around the course.  Overall good results were achieved and the winning team had a particularly good day!

By a large margin the Team winners were Steve Pack, Pam Virgo, Keith Jardine and Jill Tyrrell - scoring a total of 153 points!

Best individual scores were Allan Crichton  and Jill Tyrrell.  Longest drives won by Mon Shah and Jo Bedwell.  Nearest the Pin won by Mike Goodwin and Carol Smith.

The buffet lunch was taken under a marquee in 'rough grass’ - no lost balls were found! The golfers were keen to thank the College for this new competition and for the complimentary lunch. All clearly looked forward to next year’s event.

Bradfieldian and Friend of Bradfield Mike Gush (B 62-67) thanked Club Captains Mike and Celia for their enthusiasm, support and their promotion of the day. Thanks also to Al MacEwen, Karen Ward and the team in the Bradfield Society office for their encouragement and help in facilitating contact with various departments in the College.  On the day it all came together!


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