Match vs BMW at West Byfleet
Tue 22nd October 2013
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MTGS v BMW DGS
West Byfleet Golf Club
Tuesday 22nd October 2013
This is our last match of the season and in the run up to to the event on Tuesday we all had misgivings about the weather as the long range forecast, and even the forecast the day before said heavy rain. It was so depressing that BMW even contacted me the day before to say is the course open ? Should we delay or even postpone the match ? Again it just goes to show how wrong the forecasters get it sometimes, I turned up in wet weather trousers and all the gear only to have to peel layers off as we went round, yes we had a little drizzle but in the main it was dry. We had all tee'd off by 10 o'clock after coffee and bacon rolls, then stopped off at the excellent halfway house at the end of the 7th hole, courtesy of BMW, and once refreshed continued the battle. Our first pairing of Ray Fisher and John Smith came in with a 2 & 1 win, followed by Graeme Hunt and Jerry Horwood 3 & 1. Brian Lowe and Derek Allen struggled valiantly against the strongest BMW pairing but unfortunately BMW took their first point, the following three pairings of Mike Bell and James Crickmay, Nick Haigh and Steve Wright, and Martin Howes together with Butch Ash, winning their matches, the last match securing a dog's licence 7&6 win. So overall a great result for the MTGS and the first win against BMW for five years with a 5 - 1 victory.
The match was celebrated in style with an excellent three course carvery dinner, and our thanks go to the generosity of BMW who covered the cost the wine on the table and pre dinner drinks. The BMW team was made up of half BMW employees and half from the dealer network, so there was plenty of banter and some valuable discussion going on round the table. The trophy which we played for also has some very interesting history as it was presented to us by BMW following the Williams/BMW win by Juan Pablo Montoya at the Italian F1 GP at Monza. It consists of one of the brake discs from the car, which was then mounted by Mike Evans, and later had a wooden base made up for it as we ran out of space for engraving. A picture of it is attached, and it will now sit in pride of place on my mantlepiece until we play for it again next year.