Coronavirus restrictions caused the postponement of earlier Golf Society events so this favourite venue and the prospect of reuniting with chums attracted lots of interest. Those facing longer journeys from Yorkshire and Norfolk hesitated when they saw the forecasts of torrential rain but 24 members and guests gathered under tented awnings and umbrellas to take on this challenging course.
Inevitable comparisons were drawn with similar wet days at previous Society events at Le Touquet, Wimereux, Royal Troon, Prestwick and even worse at Western Gailes – but that goes with our 26 year history! Traditionally the weather at Hankley is great and the colourful heather is normally an attractive feature but, in the wet, it became a curse for many of us! Nevertheless everyone completed their rounds, dumped their sodden kit and enjoyed the comradeship, networking and excellent hospitality of this famous Club.
Conforming with the Covid-19 restrictions has presented a challenge to all golf clubs but the management and staff at Hankley Common GC could not have been more helpful. The course drains well and was in excellent condition, the attentive starter helped with ball-spotting and the Club ensured we were able to enjoy a top quality lunch in the clubhouse.
Afterwards the Chairman, Paul Symes, and Captain, Bob Harper, thanked Peter Wood, the meeting organiser and Hankley Common GC for an excellent day. John Maguire made the presentations on behalf of our loyal sponsor, Flexi Narrow Aisle.
Prizes were awarded for the Longest Drive to Paul Ritchie; for Nearest the Pin to Phil Reeves and Mel Hughes; to the Winning Guest Phil Reeves with Al Richardson second. Scoring reflected the challenging conditions but the Spring Meeting Trophy was won (once again) by Cameron Grant (31 points), from Bob Harper (30 points), Paul Ritchie (28 points) and Eddie Cox (27 points).
Undaunted by the conditions, the overall feedback was of an excellent day and an eagerness to return to this event at Hankley Common Golf Club next year.