Charles Dickens in “Great Expectations” wrote - “It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade.”
And so it was today on our famous links when brave souls ventured out onto the Church Course to compete for the Bray Bowl. This event, occasionally dubbed somewhat unkindly the “Divorce Open” is a fiendishly difficult format viz Mixed Foursomes Medal and made more difficult today by a testing breeze from the North West.
First held in 1902, one hundred and fifteen years ago, the Bray Bowl is amongst the oldest of all trophies and certainly the most coveted amongst our mixed golfers requiring as it does patience and acceptance that one's partner is going to make the inevitable mistake. Today, and making one assumes the minimum of mistakes, the winners were
1st Sue Roworth & Russell Combellack net 75
2nd Bev Vann & Kevin Brenton net 76
Playing together both pairs managed birdie two's on the 5th hole to help the scores along. Sue Roworth is of course the current Cornwall Ladies Captain and has not played a lot of golf in recent months but clearly has not lost her touch – well played Sue & Russ !
In parallel to the Bray Bowl but on the Holywell Course there was a Mixed Foursomes Stableford competition and picking up the money in this event were
1st Gloria & Jim Crouch 39 points
2nd Caroline & David Ramsbottom 38 points