Saturday saw the staging of the annual captain versus vice-captain team event at the KP golf course.
This is always a keenly-fought event as it enables the victor to claim the bragging rights for the remainder of the season.
The first four-ball out was the captain, Erik Sologub, with his playing partner Richard Daniells and vice-captain Gary Tavender and his partner, past captain Morgan Allan.
After nine holes the scores were close, with Gary going out in 16 stableford points, Richie and Morgan on 17 and Erik leading on 18.
As can often be the case in golf, the back nine can see a turnaround in form and Gary picked up six net birdies to finish with a two under par score of 38. Richie also had a good final nine holes to finish with 37 points.
Erik finished third with 35 points and Morgan finished fourth with 31, giving the captain’s team an early three-point advantage.
Next out were Steve Jackson for the captain and Tim Lester and Brian Courtney for the vice-captain.
The captain’s team were looking for a good score from Steve to maintain their advantage and Steve certainly managed that.
Playing off a handicap of seven, Steve managed a fantastic round of 70 gross for a net score of 43 points. It would be difficult for anyone to match that score and Tim and Brian could only manage scores of 32 and 33 points respectively.
The third group out were Tony Martin and Grant Pearce for the captain and John Anderson for the vice-captain. A steady round of 36 points for John was more than matched by scores of 34 for Grant and a magnificent 45 points from Tony. The only downside for Tony is that he scored a two on the par three third but had decided not to pay his £1 for the 2s club.
With only two more groups to finish it was looking like an uphill battle for the vice-captain’s team.
Alastair Jozefowicz and Dave Pitchers were up next for the vice-captain, and last year’s captain Paul Weaver stepped up to the tee for this year’s captain.
Alastair and Paul will probably want to forget their rounds of 27 and 30 points, but Dave was happier with his contribution with a score of 35.
So, could the vice-captain’s final pairing of Paul Palmer and Paul Walker turn it around against the captain’s pairing of Deryck Dobson and Mal Cashmore?
With Mal and Deryck playing off handicaps of 22 and 23 respectively it was always going to be a tough ask, but Paul Palmer certainly gave it a go.
Paul equalled the second best score of the day with a terrific score of 43 points. Paul Walker was also looking good at halfway but had a poor back nine to finish with 30 points.
Meanwhile, Deryck and Mal played their usual steady rounds to come in with scores of 33 and 36 points, which looked good enough to carry the day.
To cover absentees, the two lowest scores for the vice-captain’s team were discarded to leave the final score captain 334, vice-captain 311.
So, it was handshakes all round and off to the bar to swap tales of what might have been and look forward to the next event at the KP which will be the Pro-am Qualifier on Sunday 30 March.