Golf Day 2021
The forecast was indifferent at best, and the numbers were down for a variety of reasons - from damaged thumbs, to falling down stairs, to driving a support van for a charity walk along Hadrian's Wall - but the Strollers' annual golf day at Hersham went ahead nonetheless.
Tom Salvesen made the long journey down from Northampton (and back the same day) in his usual display of dedication to the cause. Peter Wood, on debut - and playing his first game for about six or seven years - found that getting to the wilds of Surrey from Camden was also something of a trek.
In the end, six played, and found that the weather forecast was largely incorrect. A bit of mizzle on the first cleared for a very pleasant round.
The golf itself did not particularly sparkle, it has to be said. No one managed to find the green on the 12th for nearest the pin, and the longest drive on the 16th was won by Richie Stubbs with a five iron after everyone else failed to find the fairway.
However, there were some minor triumphs: Alastair Macaulay recovered from last year's somewhat unfortunate 9-point display by leaving his driver at home and scoring a very worthwhile 25 points this time. Wood, after a sketchy front nine, improved to 28pts (alongside Stubbs) while Salvesen had a solid 33 to take third place.
But the winner was Maurice Brett, playing as a guest of Evan Samuel, who timed his run perfectly with a four-pointer on the 16th as Samuel only managed one, and then hung on to claim the victory on the final green scoring 36pts to Samuel's 35 before rehydrating beers were enjoyed on the terrace.
Hersham were extremely welcoming, taking the changing numbers in their stride and providing bacon rolls, coffee and burgers with aplomb.
Thanks to van driver Tom Wood, as ever, for organising the day. Let's hope we get a few more next year!