MANY members braved the weather for the inauguration of the first nine-hole competition at Datchet Golf Club, 127 years in the making after the club was founded in 1890.

The competition is designed to encourage more members to take part in events throughout the year, enabling more opportunities to submit a card so that their handicap can be adjusted.

Mark Grieve is secretary at Datchet and said: “Importantly, it will enable members, who for many reasons are unable to compete in existing 18-hole competitions, the opportunity to have their handicaps adjusted up and down.

“This is an event competed under the England Golf rules. Standard scratch for the competition is 69 and a new scorecard was designed by our tireless handicap secretary, Bob Bussley, specifically for the event.

“If this proves popular, than there is a chance that more will be increased in number from its current planned once-a-month activity.”

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