Report on Christmas Meeting 3 December 2018 at John O'Gaunt Golf Club

Hello everyone
On Monday 3rd of December we held our Christmas Meeting for this season at John O’Gaunt Golf Club.

We all arrived in good time for a Bacon Bap and Coffee, in the magnificent club house at JOG.

This year the club kindly gave us a 10am shotgun start on the Gaunt course, and last year we also had a 10am shotgun start on the Carthagena course, so in our last two visits to JOG for our Christmas meetings we have had the best of both worlds.

The weather on the day was quite mild but it did contrive to rain on us for the first few holes, after the klaxon sent us on off from our various starting holes. The rain soon eased off, and I played 13 holes in a short sleeved shirt and society slipover, (speaking of slipovers, I do have plenty in stock if you wish to look as suave as I do on the course, enough) we proceeded on in such glorious weather until we came and commenced to our last two holes, and the rain returned to do its usual soaking just as we hoped we might get in before the second soaking of the day.

As you are reading this from the comfort of your own home in the dry, you may think we got what we deserved, but let me tell you have missed out on a great day’s golf!

With 51 players we had a great turnout, the boys form Leighton Buzzard came in a bus, so that they could enjoy the dinner, and shall we say the beverages as well! We had three new members who came along to their first meetings. The current Captain of JOG, Stewart Gardner had the misfortune to have to play in my three ball, a fine gentleman, Colin Smith Captain at Abbotsley GC in 1989/90 who is now a 20 year longstanding member of JOG, and Peter Robb, possibly the last man who will ever be Captain of Abbotsley GC, it was my pleasure to welcome them into our society and present them with a society badge.

I must thank all the staff at John O’Gaunt for their superb team efforts, all the departments of the club made us most welcome. Michal Grace in the office is our key contact, he has made the process at JOG smooth and easy for myself, and now our new Secretary Bob Roberts, he does a great job for us and the club, I must thank Simon Davies The General Manager, for allowing us to hold our event there, and the young lady Sue in the accounts office made paying the bill painless.

Nigel Broadwidth and his team of Green keepers presented the course in good condition for us, I am aware it was the 3rd of December and it is winter golf but no temporary tees or greens, a great credit to JOG and how well the course played thank you.

The lads all had a small beverage in the bar after the golf, and prior to our main meal, my thanks to Jo and her team for keeping us all well watered.

Head Chef Marcus and his team in the kitchen provided us with superb food, from our bacon rolls through to our three courses for our main meal, then a mince pie and Coffee no wonder I had to struggle to stand for the Royal Toast, my thanks to Dawn and her two girls Jody and Melina who served us so efficiently to enable us to get to the prize presentations.

With such a good turnout we had 5 Prize’s and nearest the pins on all par 3’s. Our winners were

1st ANDY STEPNEY 33pts on count back,
2nd MIKE SHAW 33 on c/b,
3rd PHIL FARROW 33 on c/b
5th RICHARD KENSALL 30 on c/b.

The Nearest the pin winners were On the
4th Carlo Vergari,
10th John Simpson,
16th Simon Kimber.

My thanks to Bob Roberts our Secretary who has made this day happen, and even down to doing the score cards and providing me with the list of the winner of the “Socks”.

It just leaves me to tell you of one or two small slip ups, firstly I must inform you if you were not at our AGM, I was not suitably attired at our AGM at Leighton Buzzard. I had managed to leave our Chain of Office at home, and I could not be presented with it there. Barry Page therefore rectified my error and as I had brought it to JOG he took the opportunity to present it to me. I went on to explain how I had managed to leave it at home on the day in question, it did raise a roar when I went into my explanation about where I had hidden the chain.

Speaking of which I continued on from last season’s captain Barry Page who asked the guys who wanted, to come along in a Christmas Jumper, I put up some prizes of bottles of wine, and our Immediate Past President Dave Thompson took First Prize with his “outfit” I also gave a bottle to Graham Tate, and Phil Farrow, gentlemen it was great to see the guys turn up in such great jumpers and it is a tradition that I hope our following captains will prolong, see the photos of just some of the lads who participated.

Just one last thing to mention – I have not written a report about our AGM, I shall do this as soon as I can, as I do want to pass on to you all the, changes (not big or drastic) that we decided upon at the AGM.

It just leaves me to wish you all and your families a very happy Christmas, I look forward to some good golf with you all in 2019.

Keep well, kind regards , Chris Foster - Captain 2019

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During the round, one of our members experienced a touch of wind! No not that kind, but a sudden gust took his trolley completely into a bunker see the photo, what with one thing and another I failed to mention dear Malcolm Waters during my speech, my apologies Malcolm! Although I suspect you were quite pleased to think you had got away with no mention! I am told he managed to get out in one, and he was none the worse for his adventure; I am indebted to Steve Holloway for the photographic evidence.

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Hansal & Gretle were close runners up

Tony Widmer and
Mike Firth

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