Viscountess Clifden Mixed Foursomes

Published: 22nd August 2016
Winner Ruth East (playing partner Simon Marquis not available) with Captain David Elliott
Winner Ruth East (playing partner Simon Marquis not available) with Captain David Elliott

Sunday 21st August made a promising start but turned grey and drizzly for start of the Viscountess Clifden Mixed Foursomes competition. This didn’t deter a good field from turning up to play in this popular fixture and they were finally rewarded with some fine weather later in the day.

Mixed Foursomes is without any doubt the hardest form of play in which to score well and stories of partners putting each other in some interesting places around the course were to be heard in the clubhouse after the round. Evidence of one such situation can be seen below although ‘well out’ could be heard from all when Norman managed to send the ball hurtling down the 18th fairway from such a tricky position! Another aspect of foursomes is the challenge of remaining calm under pressure and not ‘losing it’. A certain player who shall remain nameless (but is occasionally known as Tetley) appeared to lose the plot on the 7th when his club rapidly followed his ball up the fairway after his shot. He was quick to reassure his startled playing partners that all was well and he had simply lost his grip in the wet conditions. The jury is still out on that explanation!

Norman Hawkey demonstrating the 'St Enodoc Rough' shot with admirable style

The results of the competition were very close with 3 pairs all coming in with 31 points. This gave Captain David Elliott something of a headache as he had to work back to the back 3 holes to determine the places.

Congratulations to the following winners;

1st Ruth East & Simon Marquis 31 pts (c/b back 9)
2nd Lynn Ashcroft & Joe Cruse 31 pts (c/b back 3)
3rd Bev Vann & Kevin Brenton 31 pts  (c/b back 3)