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Westminster Hotel Spa

Westminster Hotel & Spa - Le Touquet
21st-25th May 2018

Twelve BGS golfers were due to take the Shuttle on Monday 21st May to enjoy five days at the Hotel Westminster Le Touquet, our venue two years ago, and four rounds of golf including some courses we had not played before. Unfortunately Ivan had to cry off with family medical issues - all on the mend now - so we were eleven. Rona was hopeful of playing some golf despite being in recovery mode from her nasty skiiing collision; a fractured pelvis is a severe golfing inhibitor. Meanwhile, Rita's hopes of getting back to her earlier level before the sciatica that ruined last year proved optimistic.

Rona BarfordSo nine for golf, but, remarkably, all eleven were capable of striding downtown each evening and eating and drinking to a very good handicap standard. The half-price happy hour (actually two hours), once we had convinced the hotel it was valid, set us off in a good mood and the usual great BGS sociability meant that we had four marvellous evenings.

But, it was supposed to be a golfing event, of course.

On Tuesday we played a course new to all of us - Wimereux, which required a return drive north of Boulogne and proved to be a pleasant links course with panoramic views of some David Tullochmagnificent beaches and dunes. Dave Tulloch and his guest Eddie Siemak were clubhouse leaders on 32 and 34 respectively until Peter Barford and Terry Wall came in with 40 and 38. Meanwhile Maggie Scougall and Carole Ollington shared the lead in the Ladies' Championship, and both Rona Barford and Rita Wall were able to get round to the 15th before the call of the terrace and tea got the better of them. The BGS handicap award rule had to be applied for the trip, so Peter took a two-stroke handicap reduction, Terry one.

Wednesday to Le Touquet La Foret, last played on our first French trip in 1999, and the leaders took a dive with Dennis Ollington surging to a splendid 39 points, Eddie second on 34. Terry led on 70 after two rounds, Dennis 69, Eddie 68, and Carole had a commanding 31 to surge ahead in the Ladies' stakes. Allegedly, Rona and Rita visited every shop in Le Touquet!

The ShadowNext, Thursday, and grim weather all morning, mist and drenching rain. Fortunately a late morning tee time meant just a light drizzle for the first few holes then improvement to sunshine. Unfortunately no available buggies so yesterday's leaders Dennis and Carole dropped out and the remaining six enjoyed the magnificent Belle Dunes course, definitely one to return to in the future. Peter recovered from his temporary lapse to post the best score again (and gain another two stroke reduction!) with 34, Eddie on 29 for his second 1-stroke cut. Overall it could hardly be closer - Eddie and Terry on 97, Peter on 96, David needing a great round on the last day trailing on 91. Rona completed her first full 18 since the accident with a very commendable 24.

So, last day at Le Touquet La Mer. Once again, a dull start clearing and improving to give very good golfing conditions. Dennis's return was rewarded with the best score, on 33, with Peter on 30 and Terry 29. Eddie's 27 slipped him marginally back and David's expected challenge didn't materialise.

Peter BarfordJoint best totals were Peter's & Terry's 126, with Peter taking the choice of the prizes having won two events and having the best final 36 and 18-hole scores (and probably 9, 6, etcetera) while suffering a two then four stroke handicap reduction. Dennis had second choice as his performance against the "median" was the best total despite being accumulated over one round fewer, very impressive. Eddie was third overall, and Carole cruised to the Ladies' Championship, with Ian and Gordon in the middle of the pack. Prizes were awarded and all departed in the sunshine to catch the pre-Bank Holiday Friday evening shuttle. Fortunately late enough to miss the worst of the traffic, hopefully for everyone not just yours truly.

Here's to next year. Rumour has it that Peter might enquire about those attractive lakeside houses at Belle Dune....

Rita and Terry Wall


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