It was still dark when some of us arrived at Woking on Wednesday morning and despite what the weather forecast had predicted it was raining! Everyone was checking various weather apps and it was likely the rain would stop at 10 - but it never really gave in until early afternoon.
The course was playing long and the early players got the worst of the weather and conditions. For a long while it looked like 75 would be the best score (SSS is 70). Then Ian Attoe came in with an impressive 70. As he told us later, he sat in the bar with a comfortable five shot lead for over an hour before Keith Morris came in with a 73 which included his third hole in one in six weeks!; only to be followed shortly by Phil Bramall with another 70. The Competition scratch moved to 72.
Day two dawned brighter and drier, though the course team were working hard to prepare the course (handcutting and ironing the greens) in the amount of light available to them before our 08.00 start. The sunny day showed Woking GC off in all its glory. A nicer day for golf but still the CSS went to 73 today.
The last group out (Ian Attoe, Phil Bramall and Keith Morris) played impressive golf but local boy Ian Attoe managed to triumph, securing his win with a birdie on the final hole therefore taking the gold medal by adding a second round of 69 to his 70 of the day before (139), with Phil Bramall pushed into second place with a 71 on day two (141). Unfortunately Keith Morris didn't manage another hole in one today and was pushed down to fourth place by Simon Dymoke who took the bronze, adding a 73 to his day one score of 75 (148).
Keith's 149 (73 + 76) did however see him take the Seniors' prize. The Masters went to Neil Hughes with 160 (79 + 81); Super Seniors to Chris Reynolds with 154 (73 + 76) and Jeff Robinson took the Handicap prize with nett 136 (69 + 67) off a handicap of 8.