On Monday 3rd June, the Seniors welcomed their near golfing neighbours from Trevose to the match on the Church course. The day was fair, the fairways lush with the recent generous downpours, and the rough beginning to reach that condition which severely penalises any wayward shot.
The guests were in cheerful and confident mood, unsuspecting of what was to befall them, whilst the hosts possessed that quiet inner calm generated by the dismantling of China Fleet on Friday last ! As usual the matches were played in good spirit with some of the Trevose pairings being surprised by the speed of our enviable greens. There was only a slight hint of desperation on their part by having to recruit Tony Flood as a late replacement when he was standing on the first tee at Trevose. He rushed across at the last moment to partner Bob Wyatt, but his hasty journey proved fruitless.
Another moment that perhaps hinted at the visitors’ anxiety was on the 8th where there was a loss of control over an electric trolley. Its wayward acceleration was only halted by an abrupt collision with the right hand bunker. Trolley, bag, clubs spilled into the sand which had to be carefully sifted for the contents of the bag.
Captain of the day, Keith Hawke, spoke generously about the opposition and included an anecdote about the Two Ronnies and wallpaper which amused and baffled his audience. He had chosen the 17th for nearest the pin and there was much pleasure to note that Pat Bradbury's wintering in Florida had proved beneficial to his golf, as he was one of the few actually to land on the green.
Trevose will surely already be in training and looking forward to the return match and the opportunity to avenge this heavy defeat by the Old Saints 7 – 1.
Keith Hawke & Keith Willmott won 2 & 1
Steve Smith & Harry Gliddon lost 2 & 1
Richard Parsons & Geoff Matthews won 3 & 1
Kevin Birkett & Derek Daniels won 4 & 3
Nigel Thomas & Jim Crouch won 4 & 2
Mike Maberly & Derek Rushton won 2 & 1
John Westlake & Pat Bradbury won 5 & 4
Bill Comyn & Ken Metcalfe won 2 & 1
NTP: Pat Bradbury