It was a great pleasure to be able to proceed with the rescheduled QSPA Golf Day at Upton-by-Chester Golf Club, after its postponement from June. After an extraordinary six months when so many events have been cancelled, it was fantastic to be able to continue with our annual golf day to raise some funds and support The Queen’s School community, which we all value so highly.
Golf is the perfect activity for social distancing and whilst we could not gather for a formal prizegiving and there was no meal together afterwards, everyone appeared to thoroughly enjoy an almost ‘normal’ QSPA Golf Day.
Twenty-five golfers took to the course at Upton in lovely golfing weather – far better than some of our recent summer soakings! The weather was dry with some sun and a nice breeze, which made conditions quite testing on this narrow tree-lined course. Not surprisingly, our numbers were slightly diminished this year, but despite everything we had a very good turnout, including some new competitors and more promises to return next year. We were sorry our regular staff players could not join us, but we look forward to them returning next time.
The standard of golf on Friday was high, despite some participants having played very little golf over recent months and the competition for the Shaun Mason Trophy was extremely close. Beau Dees ran out our winner with 37 points, with Simon Kay close on his heals with 36 points and then three players tied on 35 points - a countback placed Derek Jeavons just ahead of Louise Bryce and Seb Gardiner. There were also a good number of other players with scores in the 30’s and, as with all good golf competitions, many tales of what might have been!
Simon Kay picked up the long driving competition with an impressive whack of over 260 yards on the 13th hole and Steve Rigby was nearest the pin at the 4th with a shot to just over one metre.
All competitors thoroughly enjoyed themselves celebrating the Queen’s community on the golf course and we are already looking forward to our next outing – hopefully in the summer with a full range of social activities.