Our team matches started in late April versus the EPICS played at the lovely New Zealand Golf Club in Surrey. A closely fought match, the Club eventually won 7-5. Congratulations to Mark Jones for his hole in one on the 220 yard 7th.
The match against the NFU at Newbury and Crookham was curtailed by atrocious weather. Perhaps if all matches had been completed before the hooter was sounded because of lightning, our position of 4-1 down might have improved?
Our annual match with the BVAGS was this year played at Luffenham Heath Golf Club, Captain David Reading’s home course. We had a very enjoyable day on a challenging course and a rare victory over the Vets 5-3. Charles Wylie recorded a hole in one on the 152 yard 5th.
Next was our journey north to play the New Club of Edinburgh at Luffness and the Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers at Muirfield. Both matches ended in defeat, but we enjoyed great company and hospitality from our hosts.
Fourteen players represented the Club in our match versus the XL Club at Sandwich. Sadly, we couldn’t repeat the heroics of 2018, losing 8½ - 5½ in very testing weather conditions. As usual the catering at Royal St. Georges was exceptional and enjoyed by all attending.
Selby Golf Club hosted our match against the West Riding NFU which was halved 3-3.
The Club Championships saw 39 golfers play at Blackwell Golf Club near Bromsgrove. The course was in excellent condition and the greens very challenging. Mark Jones, with 33 points, repeated his success of 2018 winning the Farmers Club Putter. His wife, Janina, won the ladies competition for the Eric Wilson Trophy on 31 points. Malcolm McAllister, with 32 points, won the John Roberts Cup for men over 70. John Fordham won the visitors prize.
My thanks to all members who have supported the society so far this season and a welcome to all new faces who hopefully have enjoyed the matches and meetings and will continue to spread the word in helping our future growth.
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