Match v SMTGS at Burhill
Tue 13th to Wed 14th May 2008

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Match v SMTGS at Burhill

The forecast rain failed to materialize and the two courses at Burhill were in exceptionally good condition, for our annual match against the Scottish MTGS.
At the last moment both teams had a player withdraw , so it was decided to play 7 aside.
My first thoughts on seeing the opposition arrive at Burhill proved to be correct. They were much younger , fit young men with mainly single figure handicaps , the match would be difficult to win and so it proved to be.
Our ploy in getting Nick Kingsbury to reduce them to quivering wrecks when he collected them from the airport and drove them to the course , failed miserably.
The match on Monday afternoon was very close and the resulting loss of 3 1/2 to 1/2 , did not reflect the fact that two matches were decided on the last hole.
Both teams enjoyed an excellent dinner and fellowship at the club , before retiring to the Hilton Hotel in Kingsbury's bus
The next mornings matches were equally close , but the golfing gods were with us and we won 2 1/2 points to 1 1/2. Sadly , this meant that the Scots retained the trophy for the third successive year by a margin of 5 to 3.
Our thanks go to Paul Richmond for organising the whole two days , to Nick Kingsbury for supplying the bus and for driving everybody everywhere and to Burhill Golf Club for excellent courses , great food and attentive service.
If you are looking to impress your dinner guests why not follow Nick Kingsbury's example and cover your desert with a liberal helping of fresh mayonnaise , it gives it that extra bite. (See Photo below)
Lastly , if we really want to win this match in the future we must field some of our better golfers.

Results

MONDAY Eric Cross v Fraser Millar Lost 6 and 5

Stan Thompson Alistair Russell

Neil Smith v Alec Thompson Lost 1 down

Peter Featherstone Colin Nicholson

John Smith v Hugh Sutherland Lost 1 down

Nick Kingsbury Gordon Hardy

Ray Fisher v Walter Bryson Halved

TUESDAY Stan Thompson v Alistair Russell Won 5 and 4

Ray Fisher Colin Nicholson

Neil Smith v Hugh Sutherland Lost 3 and 2

Peter Featherstone Walter Bryson

Nick Kingsbury v Fraser Millar Halved

Eric Cross Gordon Hardy
John Smith v Alec Thompson Won 2 and 1

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