Match vs AGS at New Zealand
Thu 20th June 2013

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Match vs Automobile Golfing Society
New Zealand GC- Thursday 20 June 2013

Match Report

This fixture, according to the engraved Vickers Trophy, dates back to 1984 so this was the 30-year anniversary of the match. However, some of the AGS team believed that there was a trophy played for between the sides before the Vickers and that in fact this contest goes back at least 50 years or more. According to New Zealand GC, their records would appear to support this view. Anyway, perhaps our society historian, Ray Fisher, might be able to come up with a more definitive answer if he can bear to delve back through our quill pen antiquities sometime when he has a week to spare!

Whatever the first date of this match, what was undeniable was that MTGS had not won the trophy since your humble match secretary had taken over this fixture – 3 years ago! So then, a lot to play for and a little added pressure in that we did not want to spoil our President’s unblemished match record thus far.

Even before the first ball was struck, there had been no less than 3 changes to the original MTGS line up with reserves in the shape of Rex Wilson, Steve Wright and Lionel Squire stepping up to play. Then on the day before an urgent call from AGS to report that they could only muster 7 players and could we help out by ‘lending’ them a player. The ever reliable Peter Featherstone stepping up at the last moment to save the day.

Arriving at New Zealand GC, the weather was rather on the dull side but dry and with hardly a breath of wind. Thus it stayed all day long. Basically, pretty good weather for golf.

A strategic decision by MTGS at the start of the match to ‘lend’ the untried and untested Steve Wright to the opposition rather than our ‘banker’, Peter Featherstone, looked to be a sound call in theory. However, as things turned out, that move courted disaster for MTGS and had a material effect on the day’s result. More of that in a minute!

Leading the team out in the morning foursomes, our President and Nick Lunn came home with a convincing win. They repeated that feat again in the afternoon to be the only MTGS pairing on the day scoring maximum points. A great display indeed.

Similarly, Lionel Squire and Peter Featherstone managed a good win in the morning and fought back from 3 down at one point for a great halve against the irrepressible Steve Wright and his partner in the afternoon. That halve was to have a decisive effect, as it turned out, on the whole match.

Roger Prowting and Tim Iredale had the misfortune of playing in the anchor role against Steve Wright and his partner in the morning. According to them, Steve was ‘awesome’, a view also shared by his AGS partner. AGS won that game comfortably and with a halve in the afternoon, Steve and his partner Syd Gillibrand were AGS’s best pairing with 1&1/2 points. Suffice to say that it is highly doubtful that Steve will ever be ‘loaned’ out again, whatever the circumstances. It would appear he has a great future in MTGS. Take note match managers!

That left Rex Wilson and Gerry Lynch whose match in the morning went to the final putt on the final green. They just missed out on a halve having come back strongly from dormy 3 on the 15th. However, they made amends in the afternoon with a fine win against AGS President, Peter Johnson and his partner Nigel Clay.

And so to the result. After the morning rounds we stood level with AGS at 2-2. But after lunch, MTGS pipped it 2 ½ to 1 ½ so with the final score 4 ½ to 3 ½ the MTGS triumphed and the Vickers Trophy is once again in our possession.

Our thanks go to AGS for a hard fought match: To Richard Pennell, the Assistant Secretary at New Zealand for his kind assistance and support: To the greenkeeping staff at the Club for turning out such a fine golfing track: To the bar staff and kitchen for producing such a great lunch: And to Peter Featherstone for stepping in at the eleventh hour and also for his recommendations for the table wines - the Macon Fuisse and the Marques de Caceres were excellent and must have spurred us on somewhat in the afternoon.

And our President remains unbeaten in the year so far – long may that last.


Gerry Lynch
27 June 2013

Motor Trades Golfing Society


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