Daily Mail Foursomes (select your own pair)
21st Sep 2019
1st Len Keeling & Mark Keeling (14.5) net 62.5 (£62.40 @ £31.20 each)
2nd Rich Adcock & Adrian Tinker (14) net 64 (£41.60 @ £20.80 each)
3rd Martyn Aylieff & Kieran Sherlock (22) net 65
4th Pat O’Mahony & Shaun O’Mahony (16.5) net 66.5
The, now incorrectly named, Daily Mail Foursomes was played out on a beautiful late-September morning that was also blessed with light ‘balmy’ breezes that helped keep the players cool without majorly affecting ball flight. However, the competition, for most, was anything but a breeze as the majority of players find this particular, alternate shots, format to be somewhere between ‘tricky’ and just plainly ‘barmy’. For players that like to get into a swing-rhythm the staccato foursomes game causes individual disruption, team frustration and usually brings about the regular use of some unprintable ‘golfing parlance’ as players can often find themselves visiting parts of the golf course that they’ve never visited before. And, as the resultant scoring showed, today’s outing was no different with pairs battling their own ‘demons’ as well as trying to remain 'buddies’ with their (sometimes errant) playing partner. That said, there were a few very decent scores returned, none better than that of the father and son pairing of Len & Mark Keeling who, demonstrating true family spirit, posted an excellent net 62.5 playing off their handicap of 14.5. With eleven pars on their card, Keeling & Son only really erred once, on the eleventh, when they carded their lone bogey of the day. Having recorded net 31 on both sides of the course the Keelings came home 1.5 shots better than their closest rivals to snatch the win. Pushing the winners hard was the pairing of Rich Adcock & Adrian Tinker who, playing off 14, returned net 64; three birdies, on the second, fourteenth and eighteenth, and five pars probably deserved a better reward but eight bogies and two double bogies, on the eighth and sixteenth, left the golfing friends just short of the leaders and having to be content with second place. Martyn Aylieff & Kieran Sherlock teamed up well and used their 22 handicap to great effect, managing to post a third place finish with net 65. A birdie on the second and nine pars were a decent enough haul of positives but unfortunately they also erred too often and also carded four double bogies, two triples and two horrible quadruple bogies which took them out of the frame and left them in what will probably feel like a disappointing third place. Another father and son pairing, Pat & Shaun O’Mahony, brought in net 66.5 playing off 16.5 and finished in fourth place. Birdies on the sixth and thirteenth plus seven pars went a long way to securing them a podium finish but the O’Mahonys will surely rue the three double bogies and two triples that also went into the overall mix.
This tough golfing format once again tested the skills and patience of the 29 pairings that took the challenge but most managed to get their ball around the eighteen holes without actually falling out with their playing partner and once again the format encouraged plenty of questioning banter and vocal exchanges out on the sun-bathed patio well into the afternoon. On a slightly different theme, if there had been a prize for the best turned-out pairing today I’m pretty sure Keeling & Son would’ve also walked away with that one as they appeared (from a distance at least) to be sporting matching outfits of smart grey shirts and crisp white shorts – a uniform display all round; uniformity of apparel backed up by uniformity of play!
In the 2's competition, 53 players entered with 5 2's being carded as follows : Chris Williams & Paul Lovegrove on the 5th & 16th, Steve Bellinger & Julian Tibbetts on the 16th, Duncan Fredericks & Val Williams on the 5th and Rich Adcock & Ade Tinker on the 14th with each 2 earning £10.60.