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Merv’s as keen as ever to get back on the fairway

MERV Slocombe, a member of Enmore Park Golf Club for more than 60 years, is as keen now as he was when he first joined and throughout the lockdown his clubs have been beside the front door ready for the resumption, writes Richard Walsh.

Merv said: “My dad joined in the late 1950s and enjoyed it so much that he persuaded me to sign up and booked some lessons with Ivor Yard who was the professional at that time. In those days you had to be interviewed by the committee before being allowed to join and I remember nervously waiting outside the old clubhouse.

“I was accepted and joined as a junior which cost my dad six guineas – £6.30!

Over the years Merv has entered fully into the life of the club and held various positions of responsibility. He was on the management committee for 15 years, and has served on most of the committees in addition to which he was the Club Captain in 1981 and Club President in 2004.

Reflecting on his year as captain he said: “Looking back to 40 years ago I seem to remember it all came and went very quickly, there was so much to do and I really enjoyed it. In fact because I was spending so much time at Enmore we came to buy a bungalow near to the club, where we still live today.

“When I was in my prime in 1975 I won the Exmoor Stag as a result of which I played off a handicap of four, which was the lowest I ever got to. I still play as much as I can although I’m now off 21.

 “In those days we used to put on a pantomime and it was surprising the amount of talent that there was among the members. It was always very good and a lot of fun to be involved with. On one occasion Betty Edney and myself dressed up as Andy Pandy and Looby Loo, who were puppets on BBC Children’s television when we were growing up.

 How has he found the lockdown?

 “The thing I have missed most has been the golf and the chance to catch up with friends and chat out on the course.”

He added: “Enmore Park Golf Club has been part of my life for over 60 years now and its all down to my Dad persuading me to join – I am glad he did because I have had so much pleasure from it. “

Meanwhile Brian Stoneman who plays off level par was the winners of  Saturday’s Pro Shop Stableford, but only after countback edged him ahead of second placed Lorraine Taylor who plays off 29, after both returned with 39 points.

 There was a three way tie on 38 points but following countback Leighton Townsend off 8 was third, James Gilbert who plays off 13 was fourth and Rhys Morgan off 22 was fifth.

 Twos were recorded by Tony Deeble, Simon Freeman, Ben Green, Sean Jones, Kevin Lewis,  Malcolm McNairn, Andrew Merrick, Thomas Millar and Mike Rossiter.

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