Monday 27th March
The St Enodoc Seniors made the lengthy journey to Saunton on Monday to play on their Championship East Course. Their Captain, Richard Beer, had over 40 enthusiastic Vets from whom to select his team so the Saints knew they were in for a challenging day. The course looked in superb condition with its undulating greens and finely manicured fairways. The weather was that of a fine early Spring morning with the hint of a chill breeze reminding us that it not yet Easter.
The first match began promisingly with Nigel Thomas holing his bunker shot on the first for a birdy, but the opposition, Graham Davidson, sank a long putt from the back of the green to produce a half. Later Derek Daniels holed his second shot on the short par four for an eagle. However, as the match proceeded, results were looking less promising and the home team began to exert their greater familiarity with the terrain. It was noted from their Honours board that the Second World War had continued through until 1953. It was explained that the Americans had used the course for battle training and the landscape had taken a long time to recover. Clearly hostilities were still part of the battle ground. As the matches came up the 18th groups began to assemble on the patio to witness the unfolding drama. The match stood as 3 all when David Elliott made a par on the last to halve his match. So it was left to the last pair, Richard Parsons and Frank Harper, as reliable as ever, who made a par, with a four-foot putt, to halve their match and the result.
Their Captain confided that they rarely lost at home so this was an excellent result for the St Enodoc Seniors.
Nearest the Pin (17th): Nigel Oleson