The Centenary Cup (aka 3 clubs and a putter) yesterday saw 6 intrepid golfers head out into the dazzling sunshine with – wait for it – only three clubs and a putter in their bag.
Having trusted my club selection to a random hands-behind-the-back selection in the car park – I was lined up and ready with a 4 rescue, 7 iron, pitching wedge and putter. Most people had some combination of favourite long club, a medium iron and a wedge. Though Kay, being iron-phobic, probably had 4 woods.
It got fairly gusty half way round, but conditions were dry with a fair amount of dazzling sunshine. This frequently made it a challenge to find the ball. Only because of the glare you understand. Nothing at all to do with not being dead centre in the fairway every time. Oh no.
Elizabeth, Elena and I set off briskly – Elizabeth starting strongly with an excellent 5 on the first. She also followed up with a terrific 6 on the 3rd – excellent scores from a newbie 🙂
My highlight (!) was nearly chipping in for a two on the 4th. Sadly for me it lipped out. All my dreams of tropical holidays, sports cars and champagne baths cruelly dashed.
The other group witnessed an actual, real 2 with Chris sinking a long putt at the 7th for 4 points and jackpot glory. Very well done indeed.
Nobody managed a blob-free round but in a rare burst of consistency I scrambled my way all the way round to the 11th before I had the customary meltdown and crashed to consecutive blobs. I know ‘one bad hole doesn’t make a bard card’ etc but two in a row certainly did for me!
And to the soothing sounds of a major rally competition next door, we danced round our 15 holes. And I felt I certainly got good value by ending up in places on the course I don’t usually get to visit (thanks to the restricted club choice). It’s certainly a fun format and despite the restrictions, several respectable scores were posted.
Over 15 holes, the results were:
3rd Elena (22 points)
2nd Gill (26 points)
1st Chris (27 points). A great round with the aforementioned 2 plus another four 3-pointers to chalk up an unassailable lead. Well done.
It was back to the clubhouse for lunch and cakes. I must apologise for being too busy eating Elena’s delicious apple cake to take any photos of it. Sorry!
We also had some visitors drop in in from Amsterdam Old Course. We couldn’t persuaded them to play (possible terrified by the sight of our hills?!) but they joined us for tea and cake. Their course has a beautiful thatched clubhouse and an elevated railway line running across it.
Perhaps an option for a club outing!