A close match at Launceston but the Shield stays at home.

Published: 23rd August 2017

With a 6 ½ to 1 ½ lead the Saints were in hopeful mood as they arrived at a very warm Launceston for the away fixture. The day proved, happily, shower free, in terms of the precipitation, but also unhappily shower free in terms of the post-match showers (Boiler trouble at the club house!) so, apart from the temperature we all stayed dry!

Unfortunately, the first match, although possibly closer than the score suggests, went to the home team with Captain of the day Geoff and partner Nigel Thomas unable to match the superb performance of Captain Denis Scorey and partner Chris Jones.

With four matches in the clubhouse, hopes were high and tales of David Ramsbottom’s superb net albatross on the testing, par 5, 6th hole were keeping us in fine spirits. David holed his third fairway wood from 160 yards  and the partnership with Mike Lovett produced a welcome 4 and 3 victory. Sadly the second 4 groups yielded only one point from the last match and the boys finished 3 ½ to 4 ½ down.

Another notable performance was that of Kevin Birkett who came in with a gross 78 and thereby ensured the win.

Overall the aggregate score of 10 to St Enodoc and 6 to Launceston gave the Shield to the Saints and once again the trophy will remain at Rock! A great day with our friends at Launceston, may it continue for many years.

Such was the confidence of Captain of the Day, Geoff Matthews, that he chose to leave the handsome shield back at St Enodoc.

Geoff Matthews & Nigel Thomas lost 4 & 3

Frank Harper & John Russell halved

Mike Lovett &  David Ramsbottom Won 4 and 3

Steve Smith &  Roger Priestley Won 5 and 4

Mike Maberley & Graham Keeble Lost 2 and 1

Richard Parsons & Nigel Oleson Lost 5 and 4

 Paul Godfrey & Keith Willmott Lost 2 and 1

Kevin Birkett & Colin Earle Won 4 and 3