Friday 24th September 2021 witnessed the arrival of the cricket club’s 9th Annual Golf Day. This event has run for nine consecutive years and has become a cornerstone social and fund raising event for the Nutters.
The venue was once again the wonderful Waterfall Course at Mannings Heath Golf & Wine Estate, the club’s lead sponsor.
Preparation gets you so far and, of course, the one thing you cannot guarantee is the weather. Well, someone was smiling on the 64 golfers who gathered for registration at 1015, because the skies were piercing blue, the winds ultra light and the temperature more reminiscent of Portugal.
MHGC’s terrace was the perfect spot for registration, the bacon roll and coffee breakfast. Old friends caught up and new patrons of the event were welcomed in. Jo and Jakki did a fantastic job selling raffle tickets to a fabulous table of prizes. These included a magnum of Nyetimber, a magnum of Bordeaux red, Lindt chocolates, a voucher for a sports massage, £50 towards a meal at The Green Man, specialist coffee treats from Henfield’s ‘The Barista Project’, a crate of 20 Stella bottles… and the list could go on. The generosity of all our guests was immense as wallets were lightened in support of these items and, of course, our traditional sale of mulligans.
Simon Mantell, Director of Golf, welcomed everyone with the form for the day, stableford scoring for the team and individual events and and invitation to ‘beat the pro’ at the 10th. Once all formalities were concluded, so the race to the tees began in time for the midday shotgun start.
Over the course of 4.5 hours our 16 fourballs battled it out on a glorious golf course (our compliments to the green keeping staff). One highlight during the round was the ‘beat the pro’ competition… Nick Scott, a local pro and ex county cricketer, took on all comers. For £5 entry, anyone who beat Nick to the pin won a bag of high grade specialty coffee beans from our friends at ‘The Barista Project’. This was a hugely popular event and Nick was beaten only 9 times. Our thanks to Nick for taking 4+ hours out of his day and entertaining our golfers.
From 4.30pm the golfers trickled back to the club house and retired to the bar, weary but mostly contented with their performance. As is this crowd’s want, the bar was mightily well attended to quench the obvious thursts in advance of showers and the two course dinner.
At 6.15pm, the golfers with a handful of dinner guests, made their way to the Latilla Campbell suite for a short welcome speech and a game of Heads & Tails. A splendid, short contest took place with Carole Baker winning a handsome pot, which she then wonderfully donated back to the club to help with the fund raising on the day. Our sincere thanks to Carole are due!
Supper was served by MHGC’s evening staff and what excellent service. Our meal of slow braised port, followed by lemon tart, was of the highest standard and washed down with the sumptuous Benguela Cove wines.
Once our puddings had been eaten, Jonny Willis took the floor and gave a short speech thanking the golfers and hole sponsors for their enormously generous support of our club. Jonny updated the patrons with the excellent progress the club has made with both junior and adult sections, and sketched out some of the plans for the coming years… for which funds are being squirrelled away. Finally, Jonny thanked John G, Jo and Jakki for their help on the day and in the run up to the event.
John Gleaves, former Club Captain of both The Nutters and MHGC, then took the floor and ran the prize giving event.
Congratulations to the top 3 teams:
1st place with 108 points - 'Pro bandits' - Jack Clay, Elliot Comelli, Gerald Manville and Dom Clarke
2nd place with 99 points - 'Badgers' - Dave Beesley, Mike Dancy, Tony Collins and Steve Collins
3rd place with 96 points - 'Rough Crew' - Nick Tidey, David Hughes, Graham Boswell and Tony Hemmingway
Well done too to Steve Collins who scooped the best individual score with an incredible 49 points.
Michael 'Beef Cosham collected prize for the longest drive on the 13th hole with a lusty blow landing somewhere near Partridge Green!
Last, but in no way least with those pin positions, enormous congratulations to Carol Baker for the 'nearest the pin' competition with laser like accuracy on the 5th 'Punch bowl' hole.
The day closed with a round of applause and, I believe, a group of people who had thoroughly enjoyed the fellowship created on the day. Afterall, that is what it is about. Getting out, being with people whose company you enjoy, playing golf on one of the UK’s top courses and supporting a great local cause. Fun and fellowship surely is the secret?
A few thank yous are necessarily. Darren ‘Deadly’ Williams was our photographer for most of the day and did a splendid job trying to capture most teams in action. Please click this link to access his album.
Mannings Heath Golf & Wine Estate – in particular our sincere thanks are due to Barry Anderson, Managing Director, Simon Mantell, Director of Golf and, last but not least, Mia, Chef Kelly and team for their support and presentation of a wonderful event. Our relationship is highly valued by the cricket club and long may our happy association continue.
Finally, The Nutters would like to thank the golfers, those who took a day off, who travelled from afar and brought good cheer and fun to this beautiful corner of Sussex. Your generosity led to over £3,800 net proceeds from the day. Without your support, we simply would not be able to achieve what we hope to deliver as our legacy – turning 190 years of history, into 290 years.
Here’s to next year’s event… and note the date – Friday 30th September 2021… same place, same time… but I cannot promise the same weather!