For our November competition Los Amigos Golf Society were going to Roda. Well, we were, but COVID-19 restrictions struck once again and we played Camposol instead. Monday 2nd November was a nice warm sunny day and we were all psyched up for an Individual Stableford Competition. Well, most of us were ready for the game, but one particular person, who I know quite well, took until the back nine before he realised there was a game to be played! 

Winner - Gerry McRobert
Winner – Gerry McRobert

All was going to plan until one group, when playing off the 13th Tee, spotted a snake close to the Tee box. Initial reports indicated it was a 50 feet long Boa Constrictor which explained why that bold knight of yesteryear, Sir Roger of Emseeseeland, demonstrated his climbing prowess and landed on the top deck of a buggy. However, help was at hand. An equally bold knight of the realm, Sir Ian of Jorvik Ost, came to the rescue in true fighting spirit. Yes, after climbing down from his gleaming white buggy charger and brandishing Excalibur in his right hand (9 iron), he came charging into the fray and chased the reptile away with a roar that only a John Smith’s fan could emulate. As the situation eased, Sir Roger descended gracefully from his lofty perch and said, “I wondered how you would solve the problem”.

NTP Hole 13 - Willie Crosby
NTP Hole 13 – Willie Crosby

Willie Crosby demonstrated how to get Nearest the Pin by dropping his drive short of the green, deflecting it off a wooden sleeper, waiting until it reappeared spinning out of the semi rough, then watching as it continued in a planned(?) semi-circular motion towards the flag. 

Back to the golf club terrace and the results:

1st – 34 points – Gerry McRobert 

2nd place - Geoff Ewings
2nd place – Geoff Ewings

2nd – 34 points – Geoff Ewings (on count back) 

3rd – 34 points – Dave Baxter (on count back)

4th – 31 points – Arthur Anthoney 

Nearest the Pins:

Hole 3: at 6.1m – Roger Olorenshaw 

Hole 5: at 2.68m – Dave Wainwright 

Hole 11 at 8.1m – Sandy Bayne 

Hole 13 at 2.62m – Willie Crosby 

Nearest the Pin in 2:

Hole 8 – Arthur Anthoney 50cm (corrected result).

Incidentally, the snake was only five feet long and escaped uninjured.