Team Rest of the World
Clinton Heap (Captain)
Welcome to the Team Rest of the World Page.
As we count down to the S14 final, this is to place to hear all the news from the Rest of the World captain, Clinton Heap, together with profiles of his team as the Rest of the World try to keep hold of the newly named Pedlar Trophy after their triumph in S13.
Captain's blog - Friday 13 October
“Golf is the most fun you can have without taking your clothes off”. Chi Chi Rodriguez
“I’m a golfaholic, no question about that. Counselling wouldn’t help me. They’d have to put me in prison, and then I’d talk the warden into building a hole or two and teach him to how to play”.
Accurate quotes, I certainly think so. I don’t believe I’m the only ‘Swinger’ participating in the Virgin Atlantic Golf League that would concur. Whether you are a scratch golfer, a solid B-div swinger or a social beginner, this is a league for you. Camaraderie, competitiveness and passion for the game encourage new participants annually. The proof as they say, is in the pudding. 2017 has seen an increase in the number of golfers participating in the respective leagues, across all regions, resulting in a record number of scores recorded. Special praise must go to all Swingers for the ongoing support shown to the league, and for the spirit and integrity that encompass what the league stands for.
However, lets not forget the driving force behind the golfers, Milestone Events. Each week golfers submit scores then wait for them to magically appear in the league table, so concerned with where the new score will position them, they forget the effort it takes to verify that score. A combination of planning, co-ordination, strategy, time management to name a few, coupled with patience to liaise with a motley crew of golfers - both gentlemen are to be commended on an outstanding job. Whether it is the league, a society day, a Gold Flying Club day, their approach is the same – utterly professional! Thank you Paul and Luke for a job well done. Finally the sponsors (too many to list), thank you for the generous support, without which our league as we know it would not be possible.
The reason you are hearing from me is that Paul and Luke asked me if I would accept the appointment of ‘Captain, Team ROW’, and if yes, to please share a few words with my fellow Swingers. “Who wouldn’t?” I explained, it would be an honour to lead Team ROW and attempt for the first time, a successful defence of the trophy. Making the team is something special, being asked to lead it, even more so. Congratulations to my 11 fellow team members, lets enjoy the experience and give our best. Team EUR, congratulations on being selected, I speak for Team ROW in saying we look forward to a closely fought encounter. The 3 challenging courses of Streamsong will certainly provide the perfect backdrop for a duel in the Florida sun. I was fortunate enough to have participated at last year’s Sun City S13 final, sportsmanship and camaraderie to the fore - replicate that and we’ll all do ourselves proud. Cliché aside, Golf was the winner!
Fellow finalists, a parting shot:
“Go play golf. Go to the golf course. Hit the ball. Find the ball. Repeat until the ball is in the hole. Have fun. The end.”