Match Report MTGS -v- President’s Team
President’s Cup Match Report: September 2nd, 3rd & 4th
Once again, the annual President's Match was played at St Enodoc and Trevose in North Cornwall.
Sunday evening dinner at the Cornish Arms – Rick Stein's pub in nearby St Merryn – was enlivened by Ian Wilson's inspired choice of a most acceptable white burgundy, of which a modest number of bottles were consumed.
Next day we played four ball better ball at St Enodoc, one of the most picturesque but also one of the toughest golf courses around. Some needed copious supplies of ammunition as balls were lost in the rough, but most managed OK. An hour or so of persistent drizzle was a pain but eventually the weather front moved on and we finished in bright sunshine and a modest wind - perfect golfing conditions.
Day One saw the President's team take a 4-1 lead but, in fairness, the MTGS team was hampered by being a man short as Paul Newman had had to withdraw at short notice due to illness. That left Oliver Harris on his own having to take on John Wake and David Downes and understandably that resulted in a win for the President's team.
On Tuesday at Trevose it was David Warren who got the short straw, playing simultaneous matches in a three ball against Martin Howes and David Downes – again resulting in a pair of wins for the President's team.
Your President had a good round at St Enodoc but the golfing Gods were not on his side at Trevose. Playing Oliver Harris in the singles he managed to go 5 down after 5 holes and narrowly avoided a Dog Licence by 'only' going down 7 and 5. Congratulations to Oliver who played well, though it had cost him £60 before reaching the first tee as he had left his golf shoes in the locker room at St Enodoc the day before and had to commission a taxi to go and collect them. £60? Should have bought new shoes in the Trevose Pro shop Oliver!
At the end the President's team won 10-5. In normal circumstances your President would have claimed much of the credit on the grounds that it's all the leadership. In the circumstances (that thorough spanking from Oliver), he rather more modestly congratulated the whole of the team for their fine support.
As the grand silver Trophy was handed over at lunch, he also thanked Ray Fisher for his fine organisational skills. It has not been easy this year, with numerous changes to teams over the past couple of weeks but in the end a great couple of days was enjoyed by all.
Thanks to all who took part.
September 5th 2018
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