Fortune favours the brave. We ventured back to Imperial after a self-imposed exile, and were enthusiastically welcomed back. We braved the contours of the course and the unpleasantness of the rain, which was heavy enough to make life difficult but not enough to stop play.
Well…..for most….. some, including James, Geoff and his new found prodigal son, Craig (the least vertical of the Craigs), decided to cuddle up in a shelter and discuss fashion and whatever else they discuss; Mick left them to it. We survived to finish the round and all went to Climaxx together.
Thanks Gimmy for inviting us to Climaxx, your new restaurant bar, a spacious multi-level entertainment venue behind the Maxx Box mall, 400m from the course. Built for when things get better, in the meantime brave Tee Setters got to enjoy the open space and excellent modern food, along with some quality acoustic music. The Spanish Gin shared generously among friends contributed to a wonderful night, and some Monday morning no shows. We’ll be back Gimmy, probably more than you will like….
Welcome to newcomers, Hanafi, Rika and Matt and a huge welcome back to Don after 61 weeks, with honourable mentions to cigar twins, Jochen and Aaron.
As a few of us found, Imperial has a tendency to test the spirit, and there were no lights out net performances. Among the bad shots, the course always draws out some highlights that bring us back. The 40 foot putt for birdie, the approach through the cleavage of Madonna, the finishing hole that can make or break a round.
In his first outing with Tee Set, Matt captured Low Gross with a fine 77 and was quickly snapped up by Captain Sam “Cannonball” Westen for the interleague squad…I can hear those cloggies a’clickin. Matt was closely followed by Richard with a 79, that could have been better if he was able to talk those putts in, and Andy also with a 79, continuing steady form . Rav never fails to win something, and he picked up Low Net A with a solid 71, joined by comeback kid Mark, who followed 3 triples with 6 straight pars to scramble a 72 to win B Grade, and Dimitri taking C Grade with a 74.
Prize giving was relocated to Climaxx and understandably some did not follow, so some discretion was taken by Ric in the awarding of the cash….but not to himself, yep he is photobombing. Bas and Mark were good sports posing for the skirt photo, without the normal skirt and wigs, which were wisely left in the car.
Next Up: Sunday 17 January 2021, Modern Golf & Country Club, 11.45am, 870k including cart
Designed by 5 time British Open and 5 times Australian Open winner, the late great Peter Thomson, Modern presents generally wide fairways but a challenging test of golf. For the first time, the tee box will be personal choice. Please nominate your preferred tee box (blue or white) in the comments box when you register here. Your handicap will be adjusted accordingly.
This follows mixed feedback on the choice of tees in our survey, so for now. you have the freedom to choose. Low gross will be awarded based on the lowest score regardless of tee box: so play to your preference.
Modern has lots of open air space for after match, so bring the gin, and we’ll hope for clear skies. We can’t leave the Peter Thomson reference without sharing a quick story, when he was commentating late in his life. A fan had asked him how to make the ball spin backwards. He asked the fan for his handicap; the reply, 28. “I suggest my friend that you may be better off working on hitting the ball forward first.” See you on Sunday!!!!