In often challenging conditions with heavy showers and strong wind this years Frank Ruffles Memorial Golf Day was yet again an unqualified success and once again thanks go to Badger for organising and arranging the whole event.
Teeing off at 12:08 the first tee resembled more a brewery’s canning factory with cans of lager and John Smiths a plenty. The golf soon got under way and it appears without incident too.
The 1st trophy was soon up for grabs at the par three 3rd and congratulations to Mark Furness who just edged it.
The longest drive, so often the property of Jim Meryick this year went to Dave Cowan who hit a perfect drive straight down the middle of 11th fairway.
The next trophy up for grabs was again a nearest the pin but this time there was a twist. Badger had acquired an antique hickory shafted 6 iron that it is believed once graced the golf bag of the great San Snead! In order to be in with a shout of the trophy you had to use this club. Jim Meryick wasn’t to be denied having lost out to the longest drive and despite not actually hitting the green it was still nearest the pin and was allowed to stand.
So with all the trophy snow decided the question now was who was going to win and after last year who was going to be the bandit.
3rd place this year was last years runner up Neil Ready who squeaked ahead of Ernie on count back although earlier Badger had disqualified Ernie for harbouring an illegal club in his bag.
2nd Place went to Paul Stevens who has competed in every competition to date and earned his 1st top three finish
1st Place with 39 points went to Dave Cowan in what was described as a flawless round of golf and will surely see his handicap cut for next year.
Congratulations to all our winners and we look forward to seeing you all next year.