The Stags Christmas competition and lunch was held on Monday 6th December. The weather was not particularly good with intermittent rain and a cold wind which meant not everyone played in the annual competition. However quite a few hardy souls braved the elements and played a "mystery competition", with one club each on the Par three course, in teams of three. Everyone enjoyed the competition and and awaited the results with much anticipation. Lunch was taken, punctuated by some derision at the standard of questions in the annual quiz, all about 2021, this did not take away the attention from the traditional Christmas lunch and anecdotes about Stags golf, matches, individual shots and the normal rubbish spoken of when Stags gather together. No table managed all the correct answers in the quiz, which is not surprising as they were all about 2021 which is hard on our memories. Fortunately all of the non players returned for lunch so we were 49 in total. Before lunch the results of the competition were announced and prizes awarded. In last place, and probably the slowest, were Ron "Dawdlin" Maudlin, Robin Cathcart and Wilf Feely. In first place, eventually after an administrative slip by the ageing and increasingly incompetent Competition Secretary, were David Gibbs, Tim McDonald and David Spillane. Well done to all who played. Lunch was followed by the presentation of trophies for the summer. Before these were presented a special presentation was made to Peter Manger and Tim McDonald who had won the Winter League in 2019 and 2020 without receiving a trophy. A special trophy was forged for them to stop their complaining and presented to them by past Captain Paul Steward. Trophies were then presented to Nigel Palmer , for winning the Stags Nett Championship and the Order of Merit, to Dave Lole for winning the Stags Summer Singles and with David Templeton, the Winter League, to Rob Deeth for jointly winning the Summer Eclectic, David Spillane for coming third in the Order of Merit and to Keith James for winning the Autumn Away Day.
A well deserved presentation of flowers and chocolates was made to Louise by the Stags Captain and Derek Ridley presented the ageing and increasingly incompetent Competition Secretary with a couple bottles of fine wine. It is wondered by many how long incompetence can sustain itself in power.
In spite of all this a great time was had by all.