Last weekend saw 24 teams, 96 intrepid competitors take to the course in all manner of different festive wear for the popular annual event known as the Turkey Trot. The weather gave the players a small window of opportunity to play the event in mostly dry conditions which was much appreciated by all who played.

Golf in early December is always made slightly better when a dash of some favourite tipple is made available by 4 volunteers out on the course delivering coffee, mince pies and whatever spirit took a player’s fancy with brandy, whiskey, amaretto and rum all on offer. Thank you to Anne Sharp, Susan Holland, Richard Snook, and Santa (alias Lee Wood), for making sure everyone got what they wanted!

The competition was as always highly competitive.

The best-dressed team for the occasion was, without doubt, the team of Helen Hall, David Hall, Tom Hall and Jacqui Cawley who, as you can see, clearly do enjoy dressing up!

With some incredible scores posted, gasps of astonishment went out when Chris Pritchard announced that the 3rd placed team of Mike Phelps, Adrian Jones, John Woods, and Andy Brunger came in with 153 points!!

Adrian Jones, here seen on the left sporting a flashing and bell ringing corker of a jumper, actually completed the ensemble with hot pants which he wore whilst playing too. Hats off to Adrian for really getting into the spirit!!

2nd place with a score of 156 went to the team of Zach Georgiou, Andrew Passfield, Jack Bamford, and Adam Passfield.

1st Place with a fantastic “it’s magic” score of 159 points went to the team of Fabian Napier, Dan Plested, Greg Ruffle (seen in the photo on Jamie’s smart phone), and Jamie Raven.

Great hats too guys!

Other prizes winners were:

Straightest Drive:

  • Men – Fabian Napier,
  • Ladies – Jo Woodham

Nearest Pin:

  • Men – Chris Maddison,
  • Ladies – Helen Hall

One other trophy was presented on the day. The Birdie Trophy goes to the person who records the most birdies in the birdie book. The birdie book season runs from September 1st to the 31st August. This year an incredible 1360 birdies were recorded, up 400 on the previous year. The proceeds from birdies recorded (£1 each) is split equally between prize money for 3 players drawn each quarter, and the Captain’s Charity. The Birdie Trophy winner this year with an incredible 104 birdies was Chris Pritchard. Congratulations to the indomitable Chris Pritchard and a big thanks to Chris for his role in organising this year’s Turkey Trot.

Finally, thank you to everyone who bought Insurance Balls. Your generosity raised £440 for the Captain’s Charity – Oakleaf Enterprise, and to both Mick Archbold and Cliff Conway for their winning bids for car park slots, together raising £545 for the Junior Charity Trust fund.

Cliff seen here wearing a carrot on his head:

And Mick seen here wearing 3 profiteroles on his head:

A great day, looking forward to next year’s Turkey Trot already!