Geoff Matthews, Captain of the day for the Launceston home fixture on 23rd March, approached the event with some trepidation. A glance at the team sheets revealed a significant handicap difference between the two clubs with Launceston fielding some low handicappers in a very strong team. It promised to be a very challenging day. Not only that, but it had been noted that Derek Ratcliffe, Launceston Seniors’ Captain, under the guise of a ‘Captain’s Away Day’ had sneaked in for practice round on the links a couple of weeks ago!! (Only joking Derek!)
With this challenge in prospect we were pleased to welcome our old friends in the true spirit of the game and a great day was enjoyed by all. Captain Geoff and John Russell held on until the 16th when Derek Ratcliffe managed a superb ‘sand save’ from the right hand bunker to go one up which proved to be decisive in what had been a great contest. Fortunately, the next three pairs performed rather better, including a couple of big wins and by the time the first four matches were in, we were looking good at 3 to 1. The fifth match was very close and Tony Mindel and Paul Godfrey just squeezed home with the benefit of a shot for Tony on 18. From here things went downhill a bit and we were relieved to see Seniors’ Captain, Richard Parsons and Charles Rayment scrape a very important half. Overall a great competition and very much closer that we had expected with the Old Saints managing a 4½ - 3½ victory.
The 2015 fixture is now finely poised with another brave effort needed in the away fixture on 17th August to retain the Launceston Shield, which we currently hold – does anyone knows where it is ?! Your correspondent understands that one tall player who shall remain nameless, (PG !) declined the tips to carry his waterproofs with the result that when he returned to the clubhouse ‘proper leaking,’ he overdosed on towels to dry himself and his Volvo boot leaked water all the way home !
NTP: Richard Parsons