Match vs SMTGS at Hindhead
Thu 8th to Fri 9th May 2014


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Match Report – MTGS v Scottish MTGS May 8/9th 2014 at Hindhead/Old Thornes

This annual needle match was played on May 8th and 9th and at stake was the coveted and magnificent Rolls Royce trophy. The 16 combatants turned up at Hindhead golf club for a welcome lunch and the draw.

The first nine holes at Hindhead are reckoned to be the most beautiful in England but unfortunately, due to low lying cloud, the vision of beauty was limited to around the distance of a well struck five iron. The weather did improve somewhat through the afternoon.

A few hours later all players had arrived back in the club house and, despite the limited visibility, were enthusing about those first nine holes of the course and agreeing that the first nine holes were definitely one of the best nine holes of golf in the country. As an aside, all MTGS members will have a chance to experience those wonderful nine holes in 2015 as we will be holding a Member/Guest day there.

The MTGS came in with a superb 3½ to ½ lead, achieved as follows: -

* Eamon Bradley & Gerry Lynch Halved
* David Warren & Oliver Harris Win
* Peter Featherstone & Vip Khanna Win
* Ray Fisher & Nick Haigh Win

After a few drinks, all adjourned to the Old Thorns Golf Resort nearby where accommodation had been arranged. A couple of matters were resolved before dinner: -
• That prestigious trophy was retrieved, having been left at Hindhead!
• A problem with the wine was resolved by the MTGS’s resident wine expert (Vip)

The dinner was a very convivial one with the players’ table taking prime position in the Kings restaurant: there was a lot of banter and copious amounts of wine were the order of the evening. Our President made a
minor change to the pairings from Hindhead before the second draw was made: this proved to be a shrewd move.

Eamon gave an amusing welcome speech which was responded to in kind by Hugh Sutherland for the Scottish team. The pairings for the next day were announced and all retired to the bar.

Despite the alcohol intake of the night before, everybody appeared on the first tee at the appropriate time for an early start on day two at Old Thorns. Equally surprisingly was the fact that the weather was dry. The outcome of the second day was a repeat of the 3½ to ½ triumph of the previous day: the individual scores were: -

* Eamon Bradley & Nick Haigh Halved
* Gerry Lynch & Oliver Harris Win
* Peter Featherstone & Vip Khanna Win
* Ray Fisher & David Warren Win

The remarkable winning margin of 7 to 1 was a little flattering to the MTGS as every match was closely fought.

At the presentation lunch our President, Eamon Bradley, received the trophy from the opposition’s captain,
Hugh Sutherland. The latter threatened to reverse the score next year and would be researching the best courses in Scotland to bring this about!

The match manager, Peter Featherstone did a great job in making the arrangements for the two days.

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