The club was very saddened by the passing of Peter Mitchell, a two times club captain and six times club champion. Peter was a wonderful golfer, a farmer of renown and an acclaimed author. A shoulder injury brought an early end to his golf but Peter soon became an excellent bowler. RGC life member, John Laing, addressed the room after the round noting some of the many highlights of Peter’s life in and around Romsey. Peter’s cheerful and positive presence will be much missed.
The day’s golf. The weather looked ominous from the beginning of the round, rain threatened and the wind, 35 – 40Kph shifted violently between the NW and the SW making some holes play very long and pushing well played shots well off line on other holes. The rain fell in sweeps; it seemed to be semi-regular with spells of about 15 minutes between each downpour. Golfers were well tested as wet weather gear came out and umbrellas blew away. Forget even getting close to a Pair 3! The spring growth also made things difficult, despite many hours spent mowing even a few meters off the fairway could mean a ball well hidden in the dense rough. In the end one high class player was able to negotiate his way around the course with some imaginative driving and wonderful recovery shots and another “journey man golfer” was able to keep the ball straight to record the best scores of the day;
On a challenging and very sad day the results were;
Winner; Michael Squire – 82/5/77 from John Freestone – 99/20/79
NTPs; With that wind – no way!
Least Putts; Michael Squire – 28
Multiple RGC Champions; Ken Newnham & Peter Mitchell.