Following the tragic passing of Felix Roper (Isis
CC) recently, the Golf Trophy was rebranded in his memory and up for grabs
for the first time in the fall of 2022. Felix may not have been a regular on
the cricket pitch, but he certainly was a familiar face on the links and also
a present at the previous two tournaments between these teams. He will be
‘I. Van de Veld’
Part I – Course,
Format and Particulars
Part II – The Day
With players from both teams
dropping in and out of the eventual line-ups, teams were settled on the day as
thus, with the unregulated handicaps in brackets. Mr Whiter then introduced a
few rulings on certain holes to benefit the more handicapped to make them
less of a handicap, or something like that….
all the finer details of the day read the blurb below (v268.05):
Part III – Captain’s Report
Despite recent days being
given over to biblical deluges and high winds, Saturday revealed itself to be
bright and sunny in Didcot and ideal conditions for slapping a ball into
hedgerows and losing a good few more amongst a surfeit of autumnal leaves.
This artform The MAD proved far more successful at than their hosts and therefore
got stuffed in the front 9 pairings by 3.5 trophy points to 0.5 (please see
Part IV for details below).
Paddy considers shooting himself in the eye.
Undeterred, The MAD started
better on the back 9, with Williams and a combo of Bob & Howarth managing
to secure trophy points in the first two singles (Bob’s 10-foot putt a thing
of beauty at the last … just ask Mr Whiter). Alas, that was as good as it
got, and despite the team thinking it was Geoff’s fault for losing in the
finale, it was nothing of the sort and only crap
maths on behalf of The MAD for thinking otherwise (no, Russ was not scoring).
Timms throwing a 3 shot lead away with 3 to play seemed to sum it all up to
be honest (that was Geoff’s fault somehow….)
Thus, it was the better team
lost. Scores on the doors at the conclusion were Isis CC 8.5 to the FFTMCC’s 3.5. Isis won!
Bob hits a
ball at the last without arms or a club….
Howarth somehow oblivious to the three hundred trees directly in
front of his drive….
Part IV – Final Results
Please Note: one amusing statistic
from the day was that of the ‘Nearest to the Pin’ competition. In total,
sixteen players managed to miss the green on hole 9, and then seventeen
players managed to miss the green on the follow-up hole of 17. Hopeless.
Truly hopeless. The small trophy was therefore kept by Mr Ponsford and will
be recycled for the following year (or the next competition between the
teams). At least it makes the day cheaper (eh, Mike?)
Beer-stained notes from the day above…. Also, love the misspelling of
Geoff’ surname! Haha.
A smug Mr Whiter enjoying both winning the Felix Roper Trophy and
Part V – Summation
A thank you to both Keith
Ponsford and Whiter for organising the course and the day. The weather was of
course a winner, sandwiched as it was between severe Oxford flooding, as were
the Isis CC who were … well, better than the FFTMCC at both maths and golf.
They can loan the Felix’s Trophy for a short while.
the next time!