Beau Desert Society Day hit by freak weather!
The second of the Virgin Atlantic Society days presented some of the most challenging playing conditions any Flying Club Swinger is likely to face in their lifetime. The warning signs were there when the organisers arrived early morning to set up in a snow shower in mid May, but nothing could prepare for what was to follow.
Beau Desert in Cannock, Staffordshire is without doubt a stunning course, and given the recent weather it certainly held up very well, testament to its reputation as one of the top 100 courses in the UK. The field was of a particularly high standard and it was clearly going to be a very intriguing competition.
Amongst those playing was last year's finalist Mark Crossan who many have high hopes of for the future. Mark is hoping to head over to the States next year to play university golf and has recently been signed up by a management agency.
With Mark leading the way and completing his 18 holes in a mixture of sunshine and showers, the area was hit by a freak thunderstorm which saw the course submerged in hail, sleet and snow within a matter of minutes. With a multitude of lightening strikes, and a reported tornado seen from the 14th fairway, the decision was quickly taken to call all the players in, by which time the course was completely unplayable.
The result was called after 14 holes, the hole which the final group had just completed. The winner was Philip Wainwright who shot 29 points off a 13 handicap. Philip now qualifies for the Flying Club Gold Members day at Brocket Hall this month, where we all hope the weather will be slightly improved!(30 May 2012)
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