Telegraph Golf Challenge 2012: Reunion sparks senior pair to runners-up spot
THE finals of the 2012 Telegraph Golf Challenge threw up a real surprise for two of the competitors – one from the Grimsby area and one from Scunthorpe.
They found themselves enjoying an unexpected reunion 48 years after last being together at school.
They are retired teacher Bob Parr from Waltham Windmill and retired solicitor Stuart Cranidge from Holme Hall.
"The last time we saw each other was when we were 17-year-old pupils at the old Brigg Grammar," said Cranidge.
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"While we were all having coffee before the start of the Telegraph finals I saw someone sitting at another table whose face I thought was vaguely familiar.
"Before the start of the golf I went over to talk to him – and found out it was Bob. Then, even more remarkably, we found out that we and our partners had actually been drawn to play together in the seniors competition."
"It's amazing, I have been to Briggensians reunions and played golf at Waltham Windmill, but never bumped into Bob."
Parr too was equally surprised. He said: "I was a PE teacher before I retired. If I had been a maths teacher I might have been able to calculate what were the odds of meeting up again after all this time."
It went on to prove an extra special day for Parr and his partner Ed Tippett, who carded a round of 33 points to finish runners-up in the seniors competition.