ML STRIKERS FALL EVENT 2017 @ OSPREY VALLEY
Friday Sept 29th…it was not looking promising to play golf this day as the rain was coming down very hard on the drive up, but the skies cleared up in time for us to tee it up. We were playing the
Toot Course, a parkland style setup. We got to the 3rd hole and the heavens opened up again for about 10-15 minutes and it also brought wind, actually more like a gale. All the players figured it was at least a 3 club wind and gusts probably took it to a 5 clubber. This was just a practice round with the winner taking home some cash. I was fortunate enough to tie a great player, Greg Finkle, for first place with 38 points. We had dinner that night at a local restaurant, the Black Birch, a very enjoyable meal. Bill Marshall and Bill Gillespie were kind enough to open their doors for the fellows who stayed overnight and avoiding renting a room at the Best Western in Orangeville. A couple of members, who shall remain nameless, did enjoy the hotel`s accommodation.
Saturday Sept 30th…This morning was brilliant with sunshine although there was a slight frost delay but we still teed off in time. We were playing the Heathlands Course, lots of fescue, for the Singles competition.There was a breeze but it was nothing compared to yesterday. I believe most of the players preferred this course over the other two. The finishing hole is a very picturesque par 3( picture in our gallery)except for the Canada Geese that hung around. Philip Rostron was the eventual winner of this event, the Captain`s Cup. He played smart, conservative golf, usually the driver stayed in the bag.
The results were….1st place…Phillip Rostron…38 points…2nd place…Colin Fraser..34 points 3rd…Paul Gorrie..30 Points
The afternoon Foursomes event found us on the Toot course, a combination of a parklands course with fescue. The weather was perfect for this competition, which usually gets cancelled due to inclement weather. It was a very tight battle, but again conservatism won out. Phillip and Bob Bass were able to keep the ball in play off the tee and putted extremely well to take the Preston “Pooh” trophy in this alternate shot format.
The results were…!st place..Phillip Rostron & Bob Bass..35 points 2nd place…Dennis Simm & Mark Russell.. 34 points 3rd place…Paul Gorrie & Peter Langham 30 points
I think everyone enjoyed this venue, playing 3 good golf courses and its proximity to Toronto. There was the usual verbal jousting but the comraderie for the 2 days was outstanding.
It was a pleasure to serve as your Captain for the last three years and the incoming new Captain, Dr Ori Rotstein, will no doubt have some exciting new venues to challenge us.
May the Golf Gods be with us,