Vice-captain's blog 2013

Robert Hardie

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Day 14: Taking on the Pros


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.

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Day 13: Hello Fourth Hole, it’s been a while


A cheeky nine holes with Jo tonight, and the first time I’ve played the fourth or the seventh since October 2012!

Both were miles drier than I thought they were going to be and the greens were in great condition.

40 for the front nine and only 15 putts: happy with both.

VC Stats: 13 days, 300 range balls, 23 holes, 103 shots, 2 different members played with.

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Day six: And finally it begins!


Six days into my VC year and finally I’m out on the course! 14 very pleasant holes with Jo and Jonathan Knight.

After having to play wearing almost every piece of golf clothing I own and after a handful of snow flurries, the sun came out as we walked off the 16th. Typical.

Actually swung, played and scored ok: 63 for 14 holes, so possibly would have been an 81.

VC Stats: 6 days, 210 balls, 1 round, 63 shots, 2 different members played with.

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Day One: Things Can Only Get Better

Feb 18th, 2013

Day one of being vice-captain but sadly for everyone there’s no 18 Hole Course open to celebrate on. That said, eight holes on the Academy Course are open, the river’s down below bank level, the pumps have been going since 4pm yesterday and there’s way more grass visible than there has been for days.

The weather forecast is also great for the next five days or so and so hopefully we’ll be back on at least a loop of the main course in a week or so.

Last night was the AGM: 120+ members there and it’s now official. And exciting. Signing-up for the Drive-In at the same time as signing-in for the AGM worked brilliantly, looks like we could be as many as 150 on the 16th.

Did get to the range though for a lesson with Jake. It’s all about the angle, apparently. Sadly, I’m far too steep.

VC Stats: 1 day, 60 balls, 0 rounds, 0 shots.