This year 13 teams took part in the Golfing Society Autumn meeting & Company Cup, with 11 players taking part for the first time.
A big thank you to Jeremy Penn, as the Baltic Exchange kindly sponsored the hole-in-one cover again this year, which was very generous.
Having had a warm up 9 holes in the morning, it appeared most players posted better scores for the afternoon round. The only event worthy of mention from the morning was a sweet ‘Nature Watch’ moment. You might not be aware of the lesser known fact that a goose relieves itself every 17 minutes. The Opus team will confirm this fact as during the round they were attacked by a flock of geese in a standard attack formation who successfully dive-bombed Duncan from about 40 feet with the contents of its bowels onto his shoulder with some velocity. He completed the round with a hint of eau de oie around his cheeks and headed for the showers.
We saw our closest attempt for the main prize Mini Cooper for a hole-in-one at the 4th with Andy (the Undertaker) Underwood missing out by about 1 foot.
Prior to his attempt, Andrew Williams had his ball hit the cup and lip around to finish about 5 foot from the hole; surely an ace beckons for Baltic golf soon?
Riding an adrenalin rush from the resulting birdie, Andy managed to follow it up with a real “birdie” as his drive on the 5th nailed a seagull leaving a pool of feathers in its wake as it moved out of the line of fire.
Unfortunately we had a casualty on the 4th hole as Ian “Mackie” McIntyre’s back gave out, forcing him to retire hurt and Malcolm to think about what their team score ‘cudda been’ … On the plus side he had paid his green fee earlier, so a tricky situation was narrowly avoided.
As we approached the halfway stage, there was further commotion near the 10th green when Andrew Pearson was felled by incoming fire from his team mate Trevor, right in the solar plexus. Fortunately Andrew’s regular trips to the gym paid off as saw the ball bounced harmlessly off his six pack, whilst Trevor approached worried about what sort of lie he would have for his next shot.
As the afternoon round approached is culmination, the final grouping were ruing the decision to only pack their rangefinders and not include their night vision goggles. In true Baltic fashion they stoically completed their round and only complained about the disadvantage a half a dozen times hoping for some extra points in lieu…nice try!
David Webb was the best afternoon score of the Baltic Exchange Golfing Society participants and wins the Autumn meeting with a score of 34 pts, which was a single point better than Gavin Morecroft and Jonathan Woodman who both achieved 33 points.
Well done to all the winners. The Shire looked after the group extremely well and the course was in great shape, providing a suitable challenge.
Here is the full list of the runners & riders:-
Winners Holman Fenwick Willan II 70 pts
Runners up Howe Robinson 61 pts (count-back 31 versus 25)
3rd place Holman Fenwick Willan I 61 pts
4th BarryThurlestone 60 pts
5th EDF Man 59 pts
6th PB-MOL 57 pts
7th Baltic (rtd) 54 pts
8th Nomikos II 52 pts
9th Hartland 50 pts
10th Baltic 48 pts
11th Nomikos I 45 pts
12th Opus 43 pts
Retired hurt Diabolical Duo 26 + ??? pts
DNS Ocean Agencies –
Longest drive: Jonathan Woodman
Nearest the pin: Andy the Undertaker
Longest drive in the rough: Guy Robson
Autumn Meeting winner: David Webb (34 pts)
Best YBA score: Jonathan Woodman & Gavin Morecroft (33 pts)
Nature Watch award: Duncan Jeffcock
For anyone wanting to join the Baltic Exchange Golfing Society, it is very simple. Complete a standing order for £35 and that’s it.
Please email James Pendered for bank details.
It would excellent to have new members take part in other matches (e.g. YBA, Lloyd’s, Stock Exchange, London Shipowners, Cardiff Exchange, as well as the Spring , Summer & Autumn meetings.)
The Baltic is very supportive of the society and assists with a contribution to Baltic members green fees for the matches.