Invited by the host club Royal Ashdown Forest, as something of an 11th hour replacement, Crowborough Beacon sent a team of four to participate in the Hector Padgham Trophy, an invitational Club 36 hole Foursomes event on Monday 22nd June.
Our team comprised myself and Club Chairman John Burke as one pair on the West Course, our other pair of Richard Hall and John Holmes playing on the Old Course in the morning. We both managed to return a pair of 34 point scores on what had deteriorated into a very rainy morning, where the greens eventually flooded and strictly speaking were virtually unplayable by lunchtime. So the prospect of a 36 hole event being reduced to 18 was very much on the cards although the sun finally came out over lunchtime and the threat of abandonment slowly subsided. With the home Royal Ashdown team lying just one point ahead of us at lunchtime, the continuation of play gave us the opportunity to close the gap and lift the trophy. Even after a typically hefty Royal Ashdown lunch.
In the afternoon we had a quick start and a fine front 9 on the Old Course with the Chairman hitting it out of the screws all day long, but was followed by a few wobbles coming home and a disappointing finish to the round left us with a score of 32 points which left us ruing a missed opportunity of shooting a really good score. So we waited anxiously for Richard and John to appear off the last green of the West Course in the evening sunshine and despite them also limping over the line, they had played solidly enough earlier on in the round to card a fine 38 point card. So, rounds of 66 + 72 totalled 138 which had overtaken the home team, so we waited to see whether Tandridge, still on the course could beat our total.
Well they couldn’t, and we found ourselves the winners of the Trophy by 3 and 5 points respectively. So, it was a considerable pleasure for the four of us to receive the Hector Padgham Trophy from Royal Ashdown Captain Trevor Rudd and we were not in the least bit sensitive in taking the trophy home as an 11th hour invite. Particularly pleasing for John to receive his prize from the Ashdown Club Secretary David Holmes, his nephew.(Click to enlarge)
A very pleasant drink on the clubhouse balcony ensued in the evening sunshine in the company of the RAFGC Captain and Secretary which proved most enjoyable and interesting and a great opportunity to foster some renewed relationships between the two clubs.