The Committee Away Day was held on Wednesday August 28that The Royal Ashdown Forest West course. The ladies of the committee, plus two previous Presidents, and three of the Captains pick, played a ‘Hidden Partners’ stableford competition with double points on the 3rdhole, the only par 5 on the course.
The West Course at The Ashdown is tight and demands some degree of skill trying to place the ball and to stay out of the heather, the ditches and the various undulations as well on the side of the sloping fairways. Many of the ladies claimed that they had hit good shots only to find the ball had rolled off the fairway or bounced into thick heather. Accumulating a decent stableford score therefore was not found to be easy.
Over a light lunch and a glass of wine afterwards it seemed that the highlight of the day was not the golf but our President getting her buggy stuck in a ditch on the 10th. The ladies she was playing with were unable to lift it out, nor were the 4 ladies behind who were called in to help. In the end it was the 2 groups of men behind them who prised it out with some strength, a couple of logs from the forest to lift it up and bouncing on the front to get some traction for Sylvia to eventually drive it out. The fact that it had taken 7 ladies and 7 men to free the buggy caused great hilarity and the ladies all seemed delighted with the new friends they had made whilst on the course!!
The ‘Hidden Pairs’ had been selected randomly the night before. Anne had bought the prizes at Portrush in July so were souvenirs of The Open.
The winners were:
Nearest The Pin – Carol Hall
1st– Janis Kinnear & Nannette Meetens – 64 points
2nd– Janet Garbutt & Rosemary Barford – 57 points
3rd – Sylvia Huggair & Lil Cummins – 55 points (ocb)