Sunday, 3 July 2011

Non-playing Captain

There's something very relaxing about not playing golf.

It was a fantastic weekend for both the Club Championship and Lady Captain's Day and all I had to do was watch. I usually like to play in the club championship, although I usually increase my handicap by 0.2 as a result, but this time thanks to Goodwood I couldn't. However, I did get back in time to sit in the sun by the 18th and watch the competitors come in - all the way from early clubhouse leader Jonathan Cawthorn to the final group.

One of the winning putts

Watch their approach shots, their demeanour, their putts, the way they handed their cards in. And watch the competition managers deal with them.

It was pretty exciting - at the half way stage, only two shots separated the top five in both the gross and net competitions so the result was wide open. And in the end, only two shots separated the top three in both competions - who were the same, showing I suppose the fairness of the handicapping system.

All three - Graham Forrest, Johnny Moffet and Peter Sanderson - had the same net score and Graham won on countback; gross, Peter was 2 shots clear at 131 to be Club Champion for the 8th time.

Then Sunday also involved sitting in the sun, this time with a Pimms at the 12th tee, with Nicky and her family and friends celebrating Lady Captain's Day, watching some high quality golf taking place in the background.

The Ladies focus on what's important while the Men gossip. Or the other way round.

Yes, there's a lot to be said for not playing golf.

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