Parents and Sons’ Golf Tournament

It may not be Augusta, but the Elstree 9 hole golf course offers challenges that even Rory McIlroy might find difficulty in overcoming. Benches, scoreboards, pavilions, cricket covers and even a shot put net provided some testing shots for the assembled field of intrepid golfers. Fourteen boys and their adult partners set off in beautiful conditions. The grounds staff had done a wonderful job in preparing the greens, though it was a tough choice whether to hit putts hard and straight or play for the subtle borrows.

Rumours of morning practice sessions abounded and clearly this paid off as the scoring was lower than ever before – with two pairs even managing to secure very rare birdies! The short game sessions with our visiting pro, Simon McGreal, has clearly raised the standard of the boys golf and they often left their more senior players in admiration of their skill and technique. The 7th hole saw the ‘Longest Drive’ competition. Fergus ripped one down the middle to claim the boys prize, whilst Mr Williams won the adults’ version with the last drive of the afternoon. ‘Nearest the Pin’ was at the picturesque short 9th. Guest player Mr Kidson won the adults’ prize, but even his effort was outshone first by Alvaro and then by Luke  who hit his tee shot to a fantastic 12 feet from the hole. His wasn’t quite the shot of the day, however, as Harry  hit his shot on the 1st hole over a bush to 1 foot from the hidden flag. Even Mr Murray couldn’t miss from there for a birdie!

When the final scores were in and handicaps considered, the results were as follows. In joint third were Oliver and his father, and Carlo with his father. Runners-up were Harry  partnered with Mr Murray, but they were beaten to the beautiful trophy by Fergus and his mother. So well done to them and to all the competitors for playing so well and making it such an enjoyable afternoon.