APL Golf Day Report
The annual APL Golf, kindly sponsored by our friends at Dalbergia, Macfarlanes and Gerald Eve (without their collective support the event would not have been possible – thank you!), was hosted at Foxhills Golf Club in Surrey on 21st September.
The weather gods were smiling on us and if anything it got a little bit too warm! Still we were not complaining as last year it was rather wet!
Around 60 people joined us for the day of which 10 went into the “Learn to Love Golf” clinic to help them get to grips with golf and understand what its all about and why people spend hours and hours and hours trying to get a small white ball into a slightly larger hole 18 times in a row in as few shots as possible.
The golf course was in great condition, very challenging and not for the faint hearted! The first fourball went off at 8.30am and last at 10.00am. There was much to play for, as there were a number of competitions, best individual score, best team score, longest drive and nearest the pin.
The halfway house proved very popular, particularly the sausage sandwich and gave players a chance to recharge their batteries (not for their iphones or blackberries I hasten to add), exchange stories of “what might have been” and probably “what should have been” and tot up the scores. Another 9 holes to go and a chance to make a “charge” and get a few birdies and get to the top of the leaderboard – alas it didn’t quite happen like that.
What was clear throughout the round was the green-keeper at Foxhills, was upset or had a major sense of humour failure, or both, as the pin positions on the greens were more akin to tournament golf, not a golf society out there to have a bit of fun. – and was evidenced by the scoring. “Brutal”, “challenging” and some rather more colourful descriptions were heard throughout the day. Never the less everyone battled on and completed 18 holes, in one piece, and all with the dignity in place and some good golf having been played and some excellent “scrambling”.
The clubhouse hosted a fantastic barbeque for everyone afterward and the prize giving showed how tough the course was playing. Only 2 golfers scored to their, or better than, their handicap – the winner of the day was definitely the golf course!
Individual winner – Robert Carney (SMBC Group)
Team winners – Robert Carney (SMBC Group), Daniel Marriott (Macfarlanes), Andrew Ingles (Barclays) and Edward Aldwinkle (Captia asset Services)
Nearest the Pin – Steve Penny (Aeriance)
Longest Drive – Neil Odom-Haslett (SLI)
Most improved golfer at the clinic – Stefanie Hansveit (Wells Fargo)
Thanks to all for attending and participating. Here’s to next year and to find a more friendly green-keeper!