Annual Club Day for Piltdown Golf Club

The X-Box Four, who won the afternoon competition: (left to right) Jason Partridge, Club Captain Simon Dougall, Shaun Annison (guest), Adrian Simons and Roger Osbon.
The X-Box Four, who won the afternoon competition: (left to right) Jason Partridge, Club Captain Simon Dougall, Shaun Annison (guest), Adrian Simons and Roger Osbon.

Piltdown held its annual Club Day on Saturday June 28th, and a roaring success it was.

Sharp showers drenched the morning players early on and the afternoon players in the evening, but nobody’s spirits were dampened, nor was their generosity diminished. Over £20,000 was raised, primarily to help pay for the new enclosed driving range, an impressive structure now nearing completion.

A great deal is owed to many people, the staff of course, and the sponsors and volunteers, all organised and inspired by our captains, Simon Dougall and Rosemary Burns, and our tireless secretary Phil Bonsall.

But of course the main object was fun and fellowship, and this was plentiful both and off the course.

Nobody won the car on offer for a hole in one, but the teams of four achieved excellent scores: the morning competition was won by The Police Young Boys (Mike Dunne, Mark Dunn, Iain Hedley and Andy Bennett – familiar names; I think these bandits won last year too); in the afternoon the X-Box Four won (Jason Partridge, Adrian Simons, Roger Osbon and Shaun Annison). In the evening the marquee on the front lawn was a delightful venue for a most satisfying buffet, then we went into the clubhouse to enjoy the versatility of Steve Pert, the well-known singer and comic.

Events earlier in the week seem distant and insignificant now. However, William King deserves a mention: in Monday’s stableford playing off 8 he scored a fine 39 points. David Fry was runner-up with 35. On Thursday the Ladies played another medal: in Div 1 Christine Brown had an excellent nett 74, which brought her handicap down to 16.

Sally Rawlings won Div 2 with 77, and in Div 3 Hilary Humphry-Baker romped away with nett 72 – and took two off her handicap in the process. The Blue tee competition was won by Liz Davies with nett 73.