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Production Test Facility Golf Society

Our society was founded in 1991 by employees from the Production Test Facility (PTF) at Rolls-Royce Aero Engines in Derby.

2018 Mid-Season Review

2018’s busy calendar of events and Darren ‘Dash’ Ashmole’s year on the Captain’s throne was planned to start as ever at Morley Hayes over the Christmas break. However, torrential rain and frozen greens forced an abandonment of the event after just a few holes and saw an early return to the nineteenth hole. The weather relented slightly by mid-January for the re-arranged fixture with ‘Long’ Tom Donnachie just pipping Paul ‘PK’ Hind to the ‘Winter Warmer’ Trophy after back 9 count-back both finishing on 35 points.

The unseasonal weather took a further turn for the worst over the Easter weekend as 3 inches of snow in the Peak District forced the postponement of our first full day out of the season at the picturesque Buxton & High Peak. The re-scheduled event in late-April was played in miserable conditions and saw point scoring prove difficult with Joe Cullen winning the Spring Salver on his Society debut with 32 points.

A short trip to Chilwell Manor quickly followed in early May as at last we saw some sunshine to proudly show off our new and improved Society Golf Shirts supplied by Midlands Golf  Superstore (thanks to Ian Nicholson) and also sporting the Midlands Golfer magazine logo.

Sec Nathan rocking the new MG logoed shirt

Blustery conditions and tight, tree-lined fairways saw another low point scoring day but a solid performance from Todd Foster winning the Presidents Cup on 34 points

The PTF Invitational event took place at Ormonde Fields in early June with the Divisional prize pots shared evenly between members and guests alike but it was the ever consistent Rob Langley who triumphed overall with 37 points to win the Invitational Trophy for a second successive season.

The heatwave had well and truly kicked in by early July for our latest event along the A50 in Staffordshire at the impressive Newcastle-under-Lyme. Greens in great condition considering the ‘Mediterranean’ temperatures and scorched fairways with the ball travelling huge distances saw the highest scoring of the season with the ‘Alvaston Maori’ aka Ian Hickton storming to victory with 40 points to lift the Summer Vase.

PTF – In Scarborough

The upcoming ‘Weekend Away’ in early August was the highlight of everyone’s season and saw 24 of us travel up to stay in Scarborough for a third time where we played the ‘Friday Fiver’ at Filey, the main ‘Tourist Trophy’ event at South Cliff and Sunday’s closing event at Whitby.

The in-form Ian Hickton currently stands at the top of our ‘Order of Merit’ with 124 points however with the best four scores counting towards the Aggregate Trophy it’s still all to play for with the final ‘Order of Merit event taking place with our visit to nearby Burton-on-Trent in early September.

A close of season reoprt will be added very soon.

Please visit our website at the address below where you can find 2018’s full results and all Society news in PK’s newsletter’s which are a very entertaining read from the society jester. http://www.spanglefish.com/ptfgolfsociety/index.asp

For all enquiries please contact the PTF Golf Society Secretary: nathan.richards@rolls-royce.com 

 

 

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