Course Open (updated 26 September at 06:04)

The Captain’s Away Day was held at the Berkshire last Friday. The day started with pulled pork baps and a healthy nip of something strong to bolster the 28 players for the coach journey on their trip to the area we know as Middle Earth (i.e. south of the river). The morning round was played over the Red Course in glorious sunshine with just a smidgen of dew on the velvety fairways and about a tonne of sand on each green (we all have maintenance weeks). The fairways were as wide as you like but any radical shots were probably lost deep in the heather and Jem managed to rack up 22 provisionals, beating his previous record on count back. Skip enjoyed the company of James Wood (no “s”), Julian Jones (no duffed chips) and Matt Davies (no chance) in the Hollywood Group. This magical match up couldn't stop the juggernaut that was Baker, Carey, Edwards and Gislason (more of whom later - or less, depending how you look at it) who collectively took the morning spoils. Jackets & Ties (interpreted in his own way by Chaplin), aperitifs of cold lager on the terrace and a hearty lunch quaffed down with a decent red set the group up nicely for the afternoon round over the Blue Course. Skip was drawn with Knott, Chappers and The Viking, boasting that as the fittest man on tour he would see his team home as everyone else flagged. 4 hours and 16 points later he was left wondering where to look for a swing in time for his season’s highlight this coming Sunday (Capt and Pro walkover?). Carey made it a freezer full of (still just in date) steaks as he shared the afternoon team prize with Duignan, Jones and Kemplen. Before it all got a bit messy there was time to celebrate the combined stableford score of 76 by Charlie Nicholson who took top singles prize. The day finished late at MHGC over pizza and whatever else was available. Top day and no one got hurt.