Vice-captain's blog 2013

Robert Hardie


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Day 28: Clubs away, camera out. Again.

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The way it’s going I’m taking more shots OF the course than I am ON it!

Popped in to see how it was bearing up after the weekend downpour saw off the Incoming Captains’ Texas Scramble and the sun came out just as I arrived!

14 holes are open and we’re still teeing-up. Sadly, the weather forecast for the rest of the week’s not too bad (although freezing) until we get to the weekend, when it’s set to rain yet again. Can’t begin to say how frustrating it is not to be playing.

VC Stats: 28 days, 570 range balls, 41 holes, 183 shots, 5 different members played with.

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Day 26: Disney needn’t worry too much

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And finally it arrives: sadly I mean the rain, not the Captains’ Drive-in.

It had been a fairly dry week and then Jo and I are halfway down the A38 without giving a thought to whether or not the golf would be before we spotted a facebook update – it turns out I’d cleaned her clubs in vain.

The course being closed wasn’t going to stop the ceremony going ahead though so it was on with a dwarf costume – Sleepy, to be exact – and into the supporting cast as Phil and Bec played out their Snow White and Prince Charming routine.

The Charity Launch Dinner in the evening went really well too – including my debut as an auctioneer, raising ¬£60 for the Captains’ Charity for a donated cake!

VC Stats: 26 days, 510 range balls, 41 holes, 183 shots, 5 different members played with.


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Day 21: Snow play

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Off for another lesson with Jake – spine angle this time – but not before turning down nine holes with Jo and Jane Winn.

A week after we were playing in shirtsleeves, the thermals were out again – and they were even battling against a blizzard on the 8th!

VC Stats: 21 days, 420 range balls, 41 holes, 183 shots, 5 different members played with.


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Day 15: Get in there, sun

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Another day, another nine holes: this time with the ever-persuadable Jo. Disappointingly, it’s the last day of sunshine for a while.

38 for nine holes, best of the year so far: and I still only managed to beat 21-point Joanne by a single point!

VC Stats: 15 days, 300 range balls, 41 holes, 183 shots, 5 different members played with.


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Day 14: Taking on the Pros

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Another hastily-arranged nine holes late on, but this time with a tough school: Paul Ashby (Scratch Team Captain), Will Harvey (playing professional) and Joe Docksey (playing professional and Academy Manager)!

No time to warm up and just two practice putts, both of which I missed, but for the record Paul and I won one-up – although of course I was getting shots from all three of them!

42 shots for nine holes: that’s playing to handicap, so no complaints.

VC Stats: 14 days, 300 range balls, 32 holes, 145 shots, 5 different members played with.