16 intrepid (mad) seniors took to the golf course on Friday March 8th,for the first match of the 2019 season. Opponents - Bowood Park- in receipt of 60 shots handicap allowance - were confident of taking a victory for the first time for 3 years. However a hard fought match ended with victory for the home team by 4.5 to 3.5 matches.
Strong winds and rain made for a very uncomfortable round of golf and with four of the matches going to the 18th, a warm shower followed by good food was most welcome. In difficult conditions for all, special mention must be made of a) Steve Smith who won the Nearest the Pin competition with a "9" iron to 2 feet.( actually a rescue but a good story.!!) on the 15th ) and b) the golden couple: Neal Jolly and Mike Maberley who bettered last years winning margin !!
The Bowood Captain and Secretary were very appreciative of the quality,variety and quantity of food and the excellent service offered by the catering team. They acknowledged that they will need to raise their game for the return in all areas !!.
The results were as follows:
Des Kelly & Andy Farrant - halved
Martin Wilson & Garry Cooper - halved
Steve Smith & John Robinson - won 4 & 3
Neal Jolly & Mike Maberley - won 8 & 7
Kevin Birkett & Paul Godfrey - lost 5 & 4
Kevin Burton & Colin Earle - won 4 & 3
Keith Hawke & Nigel Thomas - halved
Geoff Matthews & Roger Priestley - lost 1 down
Nearest The Pin - Steve Smith.