Our annual Ryder Cup was held at Kibworth Golf Club.
26 members took part in the event on a well maintained challenging course, overnight rain had taken some of the sting out of the fairways and made the greens receptive.
Once again, we were blessed with excellent weather for golf.
On the day Bob Law led and outstanding USA team to a 7 to 5 victory over the EU.
Bob's Victorious Winning Team
The Score Board courtesy of Maurice Holloway
Stan being very humble in defeat but still good friends
The winner of the 1st nearest the pin was Lorraine Greaves.
The winner of the 2nd nearest the pin was Jan Stokes who was just camera shy.
Great to see the ladies taking the prizes.
The May Leg of the tour was at Birstall Golf Club on Monday 25th May the event was attended by 26 members who in a change from persistent rai endured scorching temperatures. You need to be tough to be on the EWGS tour.
On the day the winners were:-
Best lady Glynis Martin with a very impressive 30 points
First Nearest the pin Stuart Turner (the good run keeps on going)
Second Nearest the pin Ernie Francis (As Usual)
The May leg of the tour was held at Whetstone and guess what, the weather jinx followed us there.
However, despite the wet weather 29 hardy members attended and made a good showing.
The winner of the lady’s competition was Denise Cross.
The winner of the 1st nearest the pin was Paul Danvers (making local knowledge pay)
The winner of the 2nd nearest the pin with a ace was Stuart Turner.
He went on to win the Stableford competition with an impressive 35 points.
All in all a Great Day for Stuart
On the day the winners were;
The first leg of the 2018 tour was at Ullesthorpe Golf Club. 25 members attended and enjoyed a pleasant day with the weather and the course co-operating.
The winner of the ladies competition was Jan Stokes and Ernie Francis was on top form, winning the Stableford, Nearest the Pin and Nearest the Pin on Second Shot
The rest of us certainly need to try harder
Twenty-five members enjoyed playing this testing course, in dry weather for a change.
In addition to the integral hazards there lots of leaves and for those that found the rough the grass was long, thick and damp.
The winners on the day were
Overall Stableford Winner – Jeff Hing
Best Lady Golfer – Jan Stokes
First Nearest the Pin – Bob Law
Second Nearest the Pin – Kev Roberts
The winner of both the Birdie and Eagle draws was – Kev Roberts
All in all a good day for Kev.
The postponed Scraptoft event finally took place on Monday 2nd October when the EWGS tour weather jinks was beaten.
25 members enjoyed this very well-presented course in ideal golfing weather. The main hazards being a challenging wind and fallen leaves.
On the day the winners were;
Jan Stokes Best Lady
Ernie Francis Nearest the Pin and Stableford.
The winners of complementary vouchers for 4 balls at Scraptoft were Kev Roberts and Jeff Hing
The winner of the Birdie Draw was Kev Roberts and the winner of the Eagle draw was Paul Goadby
The August leg of the tour was at Forest Hills Golf Club, and following a historically hot August Bank Holiday it rained.
However, the members donned their waterproofs and had enjoyable day despite the weather.
On the day, the winners were
1st Nearest the Pin Scott Stevenson
2nd Nearest the Pin Tony Lepley
Best Lady Jan Stokes
Stableford Winner Scott Stevenson
Winner of Birdie Draw Kevin Roberts
Winner of the Eagle Draw Dave Maynard
The July leg of the tour was held at Kilworth Springs Golf Club that was home to our version of the Ryder Cup. In view of the Brexit vote we decided to take a step back in time to the days when Great Britain and Northern Ireland took on the USA with no help from the Johnny Foreigners from across the English Channel.
A full complement of 36 members bravely turned up despite a less than cheerful weather forecast. However, the forecast turned out to be true and it turned out to be a severe test of waterproofs as well as golfing ability.
Quite remarkably the course coped with the weather very well, with the greens and fairways running true, but the rough was a different matter.
The result was a stunning victory to Jeff Hing’s Great Britain and Northern Ireland team the winning margin being 10.5 to 7.5 .
Jeff and Tony still friends after the match
Jeff’s Victorious GB & NI Team
Keith Bacon winner of 1st Nearest the Pin
Paul Goadby winner of 2nd Nearest the Pin
Jeff Hing also donated prizes for a raffle to boost his chosen charity The Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust that we are supporting this year following his victory in the Memorial Cup. The raffle made £100, thank you to everyone who bought tickets.
The winner of the Birdie Draw was Andy Cooke.
The only member with an Eagle during the month was Bob Law.