The OBA Golf Day – Held at West Lancashire Golf Club – Friday 9 June 2017
‘Handicap trophy winner, John Scutt, receiving his trophy on the balcony of the West Lancashire Golf Club, from the OBA President, Jeremy Myers, with fellow competitors Wayne Hawkyard, Michael Chambers and Paul Chambers looking on’
After a week of gales, rain and political storms, the OBA’s post-election golf day dawned bright and sunny, with just a hint of the West Lancashire breeze, albeit that an air of uncertainty surrounded the players and, indeed, the country.
West Lancashire was in excellent condition, with just the right amount of rough to challenge but not intimidate the wide range of skills displayed by the OC golfers and their guests.
22 players took to the links, grateful perhaps, to escape for a few hours, the ‘will she/won’t she be able to form a government’ debate, with 18 of the participants being Old Crosbeians.
As ever, some people played who were unable to come to the evening dinner possibly, it was rumoured, because they were awaiting a call from No 10, and thanks go to John and Duncan Scutt, John Sharman, Tim Worrall, Dave Tyson, Andrew Campbell and Andrew Byrne for supporting the event.
A snap exit poll suggested a plethora of high scores and very tight results for all the prizes, especially in the most golf played category. This highly sort after trophy was, in the end, narrowly retained by the holder Adam Walker but with a much improved points score which augers well for the future.
A spoilt ballot paper returned by Andy Byrne left Nick Jones as the unchallenged winner of the scratch prize with a creditable score of 74. The Handicap Trophy and sweep were won by John Scutt with 37 points and John Sharman won the Seniors Trophy with 35 points.
22 OCs and guests enjoyed the usual traditional summer menu at the prize presentation dinner, with notable attendees being Wayne Hawkyard and his wife Pam, who had travelled from their home in New Zealand especially, we would like to think, to be present at the event.
The prize winners, whose trophies were presented by the Association’s President Jeremy Myers, were:
Winner Runner Up
Guests Roy Barlow Paul Chambers
Seniors Prize John Sharman Ian Duckett
Scratch Prize Nick Jones
Handicap Prize John Scutt Graham Jones
Next year, the event will be held, as usual, in early June, at West Lancashire, anyone interested in playing should contact Ian Duckett on 01704 871863 or via firstname.lastname@example.org