It was party time for the “Par-Tee Boys” at the christmas Scramble as they celebrated winning the last fixture of the year, aided by an long chip-in from well off the green by Captain Arsan Aryanpour from Mailbrands.
Having been postponed for two weeks from the scheduled fixture because of torrential rain that had, unusually, flooded the heathland course, over 60 players battled it out at The Berkshire on the tough Red Course.
Up against a strong field in the ever popular end of season competition, the crucial chip-in by Arsan just beat the “Christmas Crackers” team of Society Secretary, Garth Burden, to win the “Centenary Trophy”, donated by North Foreland Golf Club to mark the close links between the Club and Society.
The winning net score by the Par-Tee Boys of 59.9 beat the net 60.7 of the Christmas Crackers with just five points separating the top seven teams, and Team Snail lived up to their name in eighth place to claim the Wooden Spoon and Paxo stuffing by crawling along formidably.
“This really is such a fun golfing event, everyone looks forward to it and you only have to listen to all the laughter and banter between the teams to know how popular it is,” winning Captain Arsan said as he received the Centenary Trophy.
The top eight teams all won prizes of traditional Christmas fayre including Hampers, Champagne, Chocolates, Christmas Puddings, Wine, chocolate biscuits and Christmas puddings.
Presenting the prizes, newly elected Society Captain, John Morgan was joined by North Foreland Club Captain Mark Strand who had travelled up from the Kent coast with his “Lighthouse Flashers” team of next year’s Club Captain, Mark Harrop, Simon Grand and Steve Orrin.
Their score of 62.7 put them in fourth place behind the 62.6 of third place team “Business Services Fore Calling Birdies” of John Tucker, Barry Theobald, Terry Hawkins and Lee Terry.
Fifth were “Diamonds in the Rough” of Ian Sweeney, Reece Sutton, Brian Lamb and Graeme Rossiter with 63.4 and previous winners, “Hack Attack” of Society Captain, John Morgan, Ian McIlgorm, Roland Agambar and Adam Kemp in sixth with 63.5.
Seventh, scoring 65.4, were the “From Here to Korea” team of Craig Fawcett, Andy Kirwan, Will Claize and Louis Botting and the “Team Snail” of Ben Ellery, Ian Gallagher, Nick Craven and Ross Slater slowly slithered into the Paxo Stuffing place at the end of the field.
There were four winners in the “Back the Winner” competition with isa Heywood, Arsan Aryanpour, Ben Ellery and Graham Brown all winning £50 each with £55 raised for the Society funds. The Auction and Raffle raised nearly £6,000.