: The BOOTgolf
1st December 2016
real name is FootGolf but BOOTgolf
seems more appropriate to us.
may recall that two weeks ago, BB1640,
we did a recce at the Casterton Golf Club.
Let Battle Commence.
day kicked off with the "best-dressed" competition.
Well, actually it kicked off with bacon butties
but that wasn't competitive.
Somehow or other
Bryan won the accolade.
I thought my 1967/8 League
Champions Manchester City Red & Black shirt signed
by Mike the Buzzer Summerbee would have swept the board.
I can only think that the lass who had been
asked to be the judge was a Leeds United supporter!
was a conventional stroke play competition if "conventional"
and "stroke" are the right words. Put
another way, it was the least number of kicks to get
round the 9 hole course (the holes of course being super-sized
to fit a football).
Even "kicks" is
a bit of a misnomer.
We made some amendments to the
official rules to allow people on the tee to opt to
be goalkeepers who could kick from hand or spearchuckers
and throw the ball.
The contest commenced with a celebrity
kick-off from John PL whose knees, sadly, no longer
enable him to partake in competitive activities.
was very quickly clear that Bryan was significantly
the most competent footballer although Mike was a comfortable
second, the rest of us left trailing in their wake.
and peas (or burger) dissipated any disappointment arising
from the morning's achievements (or lack thereof). Unfortunately,
Pete had pulled a muscle and that, coupled with the
fact that Robin was unable to join us, meant that a
revised format needed to be devised for the afternoon.
hole was a longest drive (kick) competition. Tony's
was the longest but it was in the rough. Bryan's
was next but debatable as to whether it was on or off
the fairway. John's was definitely plumb in the
middle of the fairway but a touch less far. Triple
winners, it was decreed.
next seven holes were in a format that is a little difficult
to explain so let's just call it a BOOTboys
scramble in which, in order to reduce the chance of
Bryan winning everything, players were handicapped according
to their performance in the morning. 10 were whittled
down progressively to 2 on the final tee where Stuart
mistakenly played his second shot to the wrong hole.
However, Philip, in true Christmas spirit, allowed
him to retake the shot, thereby enabling Stuart to become
the 2016 BOOTboys
final hole was a nearest the pin shoot-out in which Stan
outgunned all with his supreme accuracy.
in the clubhouse prizes were awarded. I am not
sure that Bryan fully appreciated the pink sun visor
he received for being the best dressed but at least
we will see him in the dark with his main prize- a fluorescent
thought that some of the prizes should have been liniment.
Tony muttered something about going to see his
the evening, tradition was abandoned. Infusion
no longer being in business, we relocated the event
to the Strickland Arms.
the early days, our dinner was boys-only but the girls
one year we invited them to dine out on the same night
but at a different venue.
Again the girls objected.
for the last few years we have invited the girls to
join us at the same restaurant but at a different table.
Strangely some, but not all, still objected.
this year they were invited to sit at the same table
but at a segregated end (it was a very long table). However even this degree
of emancipation was not sufficient and after the second
course, Margaret led the charge to sit amongst the men,
turfing me out of my seat and sending me down the far end.
However, I have to concede it was a not-unpleasant experience
to join the ladies!
this emancipation can only go so far. I don't
think the BOOTboys
are quite ready yet to become the BOOTpeople!
Thursday 1st December 2016
those wondering about the result of the
Spot the Ball Competition in BB1640,
I have to confess that I cheated. My
apologies to the entrants but there was
no ball. So I win!!
aren't you impressed by how high I can leap? Not a problem
when you have Photoshop in your boots!
today's competition is for real. It is an unmolested
copy of action from today except that the ball has been
digitally removed. Place your cross on the picture
and send it to .
Just Walked Up Table Mountain
claims James but do we think that the walk
consisted of stepping into the cable car
and then out again?
do we believe him?
1st December 2016
climbed in feet:
John Hn, John PL, Martin, Mike, Pete,
Philip, Stan, Stuart, Terry, Tony
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