One unusual feature of the day was the inclusion of Ponteland’s vice chairman in their team – unusual because she’s a she. Nicky Rose played, significantly lowering our average handicap, in the mixed group with Mike Robinson. I was pretty relaxed about this, (although it did cause comment at Ponteland) because the key was that as hosts we should welcome our guests. Golf clubs were one of the last Government’s targets when they introduced the new equality legislation and we have to combine common sense, the need to have good golf competitions and a respect for legal requirements.
The Drybrough Cup, the Saturday competition, was by the way notable for a full entry, my return to acceptable golf (36 points), a lot of birdies (by other people) and what must be a record number of disqualifications – all for not filling in cards properly. It’s a shame they didn’t: there’s a clear description of what to do by the start sheet and technicalities shouldn’t get in the way of the score. But.. golf is a game of technicalities.