Another good week for the Piltdown ladies: on Wednesday they won the first round of the Morrice Fours against Hill Barn by two-and-a-half matches to a half, and on Thursday they produced some fine scores in a sunny stableford.
Christine Brown won the Silver Division with 35 points, and Sue Gould-Davies was runner-up with 34; in Bronze the winner was Rosemary Burns (39), showing what captaincy does for your golf. The Blue Tee competition was won by Liz Davies (37).
In the afternoon 36 ladies took part in the end-of-season bridge session, a very enjoyable occasion, thanks yet again to April Surridge and Rosemary Hutson, who have organised bridge every Thursday during the winter.
The men’s activities have been mainly social. On Friday the Winter Pro League held a prizegiving black tie dinner, at which the winning team sang triumphantly and the bottom team lamented rather more tunefully. The star of the evening was the new Club Captain, Simon Dougall, who made his audience laugh until it hurt.
Saturday afternoon’s lovely weather graced the opening of the newly constituted Generations League, which brings together the young and the not-so-young in a mixed greensomes team stableford competition. There will be nine such events throughout the year in school holidays, and at the end the pair with the best four scores will be declared champions. Anyone can join in, and guests are welcome. Evidently the standard and speed of play and course etiquette were a credit to all who took part. The winners this time were Alex and Andrew Crickmore with a remarkable 43 points, from Jay and Tsol Keoshgerian on 41.
Finally on Saturday some of the more macho male members demonstrated their culinary skills in a competition which had to be tasted to be believed. Bite-size samples of the many dishes produced were laid before the sixty-strong congregation, who then gave marks for each one, aided by witty commentary from Charles Lewis, Lizzie Harman of the kitchen staff, who knows what she’s talking about, and Jason Partridge the Club Pro, who doesn’t. (Of the blanquette de veau Jason said the veal melted in his mouth but he couldn’t taste the blanket.) These “experts” awarded special prizes to the Bondi Beef Balls, a spicy and distinctly Australian creation by Alan Coulthard, who hails from that region, and to George Hammond’s delicious South African Surprise. The main course prize went to the delightfully conventional Chicken Tikka Masala from the club secretary Veeraswamy Bonsall. The best dessert was Roger Osbon’s White Chocolate Cheesecake with Raspberries. This enterprising evening was energetically organised by Ken Bulteel, and everyone left feeling very well fed.