Pandora's Box 2017

Published: 16th December 2017
Winners of Pandora's Box 2017: l to r: Julian Darnell, Keith Hawke, Club Captain Tony Mindel, Ian Day and Paul Honey
Winners of Pandora's Box 2017: l to r: Julian Darnell, Keith Hawke, Club Captain Tony Mindel, Ian Day and Paul Honey

Pandora's Box is a cross country event and one of the most popular in the Club's golfing calendar. The designers take great care and pride in presenting a course which is both challenging, interesting and simultaneously fun. This years designers were Bob Cruse and Andy Bunt and whose course featured some old favourites together some new. The new included one hole which started at the 14th green and ended on the 12th green, a hole of at least 700 yards and with an impossible pin postion to end with, into a stiff Northerly today a rather straightforward par 6 ! Another required a blind shot from the 11th blue tee to the 10th green right over Sir John Betjeman's grave.

The scoring in this competition is traditionally very close with the victors often winning by a tenth of a shot, however this years victors won by a tidy margin having putted with some skill and no little luck. Those in the prizes were

1st Julian Darnell, Keith Hawke, Paul Honey and Ian Day    47.8

2nd Nigel Connolly, Mark Arrowsmith, Geoff Jones and Dick Bentley  49.5

3rd Andy Bunt, Stuart Morley, Ken Perring and Marc Knight  51.2

4th Russell Combellack, Paul Clemens, Stuart Fleet and Wayne Mitchell   51.4

PS: Pandora's box is an artifact in Greek mythology, taken from the myth of Pandora's creation in Hesiod's Works.  The "box" was actually a large jar given to Pandora which contained all the evils of the world. Pandora opened the jar and all the evils flew out, leaving only "Hope" inside once she had closed it again.