In 2015 the name of this event was changed to ‘Glatton Open‘ and the old trophies for the Addison Arms Challenge were retired for a few reasons. First, the “Ladies” competition wasn’t that successful and the trophy figurine was falling apart! Second, the cost of engraving the trophies kept going up and it was getting pretty expensive.
So, two trophies were commissioned to be competed for annually and hopefully, with the change in format, make for a more enjoyable golf competition. There will be an overall “Glatton Open” winner, available for everyone to compete, and a 20+ trophy for those with a handicap of 20 or more to compete. There will still be a “Longest Drive” & “Nearest the Pin” but just one for everyone! (hole carefully chosen to give men & women an equal chance i.e. red & yellow tee distances furthest apart!). There will be no trophy engraving, rather, the winners will be placed on a “Glatton Golf Roll of Honour” which will be maintained on this website.
2016 Glatton Open
Due to bad weather, the 2016 Glatton Open was re-arranged for the following Friday. However, the 19 people who turned up on the 16th did enjoy coffee and a bacon roll!
The 23rd turned out to be a glorious autumn day and Terry Brignall reports as follows:
It was a beautiful day at Rutland Water for our annual “individual” golf competition. Martin Evans was the overall winner and, as well as having custody of the trophy until next year, Martin can also enjoy eating his way through the a la carte menu at the Black Horse in Elton. Nick Hill won the 20+ competition and his rewards were also custody of the 20+ trophy and a meal for two at the Black Horse at Elton. Mick Parkin won the “longest drive” and Lisa Smith and Martin Evans each won “nearest the pin” on different holes. Eric Burgess sank the longest putt of the day. A great day out all agreed. A huge thanks to all 16 participants who made the day the success it was.
Next up will be the “friendly/team” game next May!
Photographs: Terry Bridgnall.
The “Glatton Open” 2015 – Abbotsley Golf Club
It was with some foreboding that 20 “would be golfers” headed for Abbotsley Golf Club on the morning of Friday 18th September. The sky was a dull grey and it was raining steadily in Glatton: it didn’t look like it had the makings of a particularly enjoyable day. Nevertheless, when we arrived at Abbotsley Golf Club in time for coffee & bacon rolls before we started, there was no sign of rain, it was warm and still and even the odd patch of blue sky: things were looking promising!
We tee’d off and steadily zigzagged our way through the beautiful Abbotsley countryside. Lovely autumn colours adorned the course which made our amble along the fairways particularly pleasant! We had several new faces which was great to see, and everyone cracked jokes and poked fun at each other (this was encouraged!). After a couple of beers after the round, it was home for a quick shower in time for our evening meal and “prize giving” at the Addison Arms.
After the final reckoning, it was Ted Hill who proved the worthy winner of this year’s “Glatton Open” trophy, with 35 points, narrowly pipping Martin Evans by one point. Apart from having custody of the winner’s trophy until next year, Ted will enjoy a three course evening meal (for two) at the Wicked Witch, Ryhall for his victory. Newcomer Harvey Dhardwar was the winner of the 20+ trophy with 30 points and he can enjoy lunch (for two) at the Wicked Witch, as well as having custody of the 20+ Trophy until next year. Nick Hill won the “Longest Drive” trophy with a drive of 207 yds (many were longer but were off the fairway!). Terry Brignall was “nearest the pin” landing the ball just 18ins from the hole 138 yds away.
The day got warmer and warmer by each hole, so once again the Glatton Golfing Gods smiled upon us; it’s uncanny how we always have great weather for our competitions! Everyone now anxiously awaits our May “Fun” competition, there’s just the small matter of getting through winter first!
Author & Photography: Terry Brignall
Addison Challenge 2014
Glatton held its annual “Addison Challenge” on Wednesday 10th September at Rutland Water Golf Course. This is our individual golf challenge to find a men’s and a ladies champion. We always seem to be very lucky with the weather on our golf days, and this day was no exception with perfect weather conditions for the 22 golfers taking part. The course was in lovely condition, the weather was sunny and warm and the views over Rutland Water were spectacular. This year’s competition proved to be a bit of a “family affair” with Steve Smith taking the mans title and wife Lisa winning the ladies title; coincidentally both with 34 points. Jack Muir was runner up with 33 points and Keith Phillips won the 20+ Handicap Competition with 31 points. Each received American Golf Gift Cards. Terry Brignall won the mans “Nearest the Pin” and Steve Smith also won the mans “Longest Drive” competition. Jane Jones won the Ladies “Longest Drive” and Joyce Ward took the Ladies “Nearest the Pin”. Everyone agreed it was a fantastic day out and the “Prize Giving” in the Addison Arms that evening was a perfect conclusion to a great day. We’ll be playing our annual “Fun” Golf Competition in May so please do watch this space!
Author and Photography: Terry Brignall.
Addison Challenge 2013
Once again the golfing gods smiled on the eighteen intrepid golfers who competed in the Addison Challenge at Wyboston Lakes on Thursday the 5th of September. The heat was positively Mediterranean and everyone had a great day at the lovely lakeside setting. Afterwards, cold beer and cider didn’t stay in the glass for long at all, and everyone enjoyed a great evening in the Addison Arms for a meal and “prize giving”.
Awards were as follows:
Male Champion: Martin Evans
Lady Champion: Lisa Smith
Nearest the Pin & Longest Drive (man): Roger Allen
Longest Drive (lady): Lisa Smith
A special thanks to those who joined in for the first time.
Everyone is now looking forward to the “Fun” Paddington Challenge in May next year.
Author and Photographs: Terry Brignall.
Addison Challenge 2012
The annual Addison Challenge took place on Friday 7th September in lovely warm sunshine at Thorpe Wood, Peterborough. The annual event is a singles competition with both men and women competing for separate trophies which reside in the Addison Arms.
This year Phil Mason won the men’s competition and Jane Jones won the ladies.
We all enjoyed a meal afterwards in the Addison Arms. Any good, bad or aspiring golfers who frequent the Addison Arms are welcome to join in and it’s as much a social event as a golfing competition.
Here’s hoping for great weather again for next year’s “Paddington Challenge” in May (a team competition) and the Addison Challenge next September.
Author and Photographs: Terry Brignall.