On Wednesday 27th August the Seniors held the return match against Saunton Seniors. The two clubs enjoy a similar reputation as prestigious courses within South West Golf. So there is always an extra edge to our meetings. We had achieved a notable victory in March as the first match of the season, so they were eager to exercise revenge.
Richard Parsons, our Captain of the Day, had struggled to assemble a team after some late withdrawals. The weather forecast had predicted constant rain but fortunately most of the afternoon was dry, if very blustery. It might be suggested that our old boys handle wind better, but that could be misinterpreted. However the team went on to win 5 1/2 to 2 1/2.
Keith Hawke’s drive on the 13th had hit a bird. The poor thing had ceased to be, gone to meet its maker, was bereft of life, it had shuffled off this mortal coil. Keith was grumbling that this had prevented some 30 yards off his drive. He was not comforted by the claim that it was unusual to get a birdie on the 13th. Keith Willmott, advised that he might go for an eagle next time.
The two clubs play for a bugle. It is nicely mounted on a board and it is appropriately inscribed. We have not won it in eight years. Saunton Captain, Harry Richardson, claimed that he did not mind the loss because he had run out of Brasso. Nobody believed him.
As the teams left the club, Tony Rounsevell and David Elliott were overheard discussing what they might do with the bugle. Answers to Richard Parsons please.
Richard Parsons/Les Spong won 1 up
David Elliott/Keith Willmott won 4 and 3
Paddy Graham/David Barber halved
Nigel Thomas/Paul Godfrey won 1 up
Keith Hawke/Mike Kent won 3 and 2
Tony Mindel/Ken Metcalf lost 4 and 3
Geoff Matthews/ Stuart Sandercock won 3 and 2
Pat Bradbury/ Dick Leivers lost 4 and 3
Nearest the pin – Tony Mindel