On a lovely day for golf the seniors team felt full of confidence of achieving a result. However once we saw what we were up against we became a little less confident as the opposition looked like they outgunned us in al but one match. Off first were Len Collin and Peter Hill against their Match Captain, Peter Connor and his partner Stuart Halliday. The first cause for concern was seeing Peter trundle up in a buggy, still suffering a little from a muscle injury in his back acquired during the recent trip to Bowood in Cornwall. We feared the worst as we both started tentatively and went 1 down at the second! However Peter proved to be in excellent form and only played a handful of bad shots from then on as we slowly established a lead we never gave up. Len did contribute here and there with his highlight being a "hole in 1" on the par 3 15th, well it was a 2 net 1 in truth, that sealed the win 4 and 3. Unfortunately that proved to be the first of only 2 wins as the Dorset team tightened the screw. Dave Harfield and Robin Ewbank came up against it playing an 11 handicapper who should probably have been on half that, returning as he did a gross 36 score on the front 9 for par! They lost 7 and 6 despite playing well! Gavin Baker partnered by Jimmy Quinn did not have the rub of the green losing out 3 and 2. Phil Bowditch and Peter Champness stopped the rot hanging on for a 2 and 1 victory, with Phill winning the nearest the pin prize on the 17th.
At this point the match was all square and I had high hopes of Dave Manning and Chris Hockey , our 5th pairing. In Chris's own words: " Dave Manning and myself got off to a poor start going 2 down early on as we both found ponds, ditches and bunkers, lots of bunkers! We fought back to all square after 9, but lost the match on the 18th. The post match beer was good however! " Chris always sees the bright side! The final pair of Andy Elphick and newcomer Andy Grayson were always going to be up against it playing a pairing which included 9 handicapper Geoff Plant, playing on his home turf; and so it proved, with them manfully going down 8 and 6.
The day was none the less a very pleasant one and I hope everybody enjoyed the experience. This was a difficult course not in the best of condition after heavy recent rain, and I would like to thank all the members of the team for their support and their efforts whilst looking forward to hopefully reversing the result in the Home Match on the 15th July.
Seniors Vice Captain