Tuesday, December 27, 2011

2011 review, 2012 preview

Yet another successful year in the history of Jiggers Dubai has come to an end.  With 12 games having been played at courses around the UAE, as well as a most successful away tour to Scotland, arranged by David Green, Jiggers Dubai remains strong.  As ‘Big Vince’ mentioned during the annual dinner on 9 December, Jiggers is like a family in Dubai, and allows for great golf on the course and great socializing off the course.

The final game of the year was held at The Els Club.  Unfortunately this conflicted with my responsibilities as a TV scorer for the Dubai World Championship (see here) so I have no match report for that game.  During the evening of 9 December 2011 the annual Jiggers dinner was held at the Mina Seyahi Hotel close to the Dubai Marina.  During the event, final fines were ‘awarded’ for various infractions during the year, to boost the drinking kitty for the evening, followed by the prize giving to those Jiggers who managed to ‘Outwit, Outlast and Outplay’ (to borrow a term from Survivor) their opponents during the year.  The winners of the prizes for 2011 are as follows:

Player of the Year – Peter Hedley
Most Improved (in terms of handicap reduction) – Sean Drury
Eclectic Scores – Jean van Loggerenberg
Matchplay Trophy – Vince van der Bijl
Matchplay Plate (for those eliminated during round 1 of the matchplay trophy) – Brian Schofield

During the dinner, Bill Collins announced his resignation as captain after three years in charge of Jiggers Dubai.  Ernest ‘Nest’ Hosking kindly volunteered to take over the captain’s role for the next three years.  The full committee for 2012 may be found here.  Rob Edgecombe remains the Jiggers Chairman.  All Jiggers agreed that Bill has done a great job of running Jiggers for the past three years, with the support of some more than capable cohorts, all of whom have kindly volunteered their time to ensure the continued success of the golfing society.  We wish Nest all the best for his reign as Jiggers captain.

As we move into the seventh year of Jiggers Dubai, members are assured of yet more fantastic golf at the best courses in the UAE, as well as some off-course banter bound to keep us coming back for more the following month.

HAPPY HACKING into 2012.

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