Keith wins at the Worcestershire
The Worcestershire is an excellent and mature golf course established in 1879 and is the oldest club in Worcestershire and one of the oldest in England. The Worcestershire is a challenging and well-presented course that is nestled in the picturesque Malvern Hills which provide a stunning backdrop.
The Worcestershire GC provided an ideal setting for this CGS event. In the ten years that this society has been in existence, we have brought our flare, laughter and love of life to varied setting and places we may never of visited. The strength of the CGS is our collective capacity to remember the important things in life that sometimes are obscured by the difficulties and challenges we all face from time to time. The CGS never fails to bring with us our sense of humour and our ability to laugh at most things and even ourselves on occasions. A visit by the CGS therefore guarantees, fun, jokes, laughter and usually some good golf. The reputation of the CGS is now well established and whenever we visit golf clubs, we are always appreciated and welcomed back.
Since the turn of the year the weather has been dominated by persistent rainfalls across the region and as most golfer will tell you, many of our courses have felt the effects. We’ve been forced to play our golf on generally wet and heavy fairways and very soft and slow greens. However, when we rolled up at this delightful course 30 brave souls came ready to show how much of the winter rust they had removed from their games and to what extent we have progressed towards regaining our peak performance on the fairways. On this occasion, we were competing for the captains’ trophy. The weather on the day was fair for the most part but for those playing in the later groups, well let’s just say the waterproofs were required as the rain forecasted for the afternoon duly arrived on time.
In spite of the afternoon rainfall the course played very well and the greens were very receptive. I thought the greens were very good for the time of year and the amount of rainfall during the month. I heard no complaints on the day and I would imagine that the CGS family will be keen to revisit this impressive course.
Keith Riley had the misfortune of aggravating an old injury while attempting to gouge his golf ball out of some thick rough and was forced to retire after only five holes. We all hope he makes a swift and full recovery.
The days format was the usual stableford scoring stroke play with prizes also on offer for the longest drive on the 6th, nearest the pin on the 8th and nearest the pin in two on the 18th hole. Long drive winner was our chairman Junior Harris while the nearest the pin was won by the much-decorated Ian Higgins with Elford Douglas taking the nearest the pin in two.
The standard scratch for the day was 70 (CSS 34 points). Rhucha Ford achieved the highest score of the day. Unfortunately, Rhucha signed for the wrong score and was later disqualified. The official winning score was held by Keith Salmon with a score of 36 points. In second place was Junior Harris with a score of 35 points. In third place was Emrys Karemo with a score of 34 points. We congratulate these three for achieving the best scores on the day.
The hospitality of the Worcestershire GC was of a high standard and the meal went down very well without any sound of discontent. Finally, thanks to the professional and the bar staff for providing an excellent service on the day. I suspect that the Worcestershire is likely to become one of the CGS’s favourites in the coming seasons.