I couldn’t let the blog past without noting down my thoughts on my first attempt at the JAGPAR golf trip to the Royal North Devon course in Westward Ho! near Bideford. WTF is a JAGPAR??? That needs addressing first of all. It is simply a group of guys that have been going to the same place for 32 years and having the same week long competition – a true test of golf. The JAGPAR is simply an acronym of the first letters of the original 6 guys names who headed down on the long drive from Barnoldswick to the north of Manchester.
I came across the trip as my father in law had been raving about it in the six years I have known him. I finally got my invite last summer and have been looking forward to it for months. The group is very diverse, the youngest being around 30 going all the way up to Tommy who is 72 this year. Different characters and backgrounds, all bringing something to the mix as varied a 12 group golf society as you would find.
If you go back through the Instagram account of Twenty2Scratch – you will see a day by day account of how it went. The format is 7 days, 7 rounds of the Royal North Devon Golf Club which is well known as Englands Oldest Golf Club. Each day there is a handicap review where you can get cut by 8 shots or go up by a maximum of 3 shots on a daily basis. There are limits in both directions overall but he theory is that it keeps the field tight and everyone in the game. With a fines court every night, par 3 competitions, and a putting competition, it certainty is an action packed week and thoroughly enjoyable all round.
As far as the golf went if you read the Instagram you will know that it went well. Started off with a bad round struggling in the wet to get 28 points but after that went from strength to strength before taking the title with 36 points on the last day. My handicap officially was 15 but it started at 17 in Devon, went up to 20, got cut all the way down to 10 before finishing the week on 12.
Already looking forward to defending the title in 2019.