MTGS v Scottish MTGS May 10/11th at Worplesdon and Woking
The annual needle match between the MTGS and our Scottish counterparts took place on 10th and 11th May under blue skies and fine weather at Worplesdon and then Woking golf courses.
Both are magnificent venues but there was one small but vital difference: Woking was in the process of preparing the course for its Spring Meeting and the greens were lightning fast. We also encountered some very challenging pin positions, one or two of which made a three-putt a fine result! We thought the greens were fast but, as we were finishing lunch at around 4pm, the greenkeepers were out cutting and ironing once again ... God help the Woking members the following day!
Day one at Worplesdon saw the MTGS taking a fine 31/2 - 1/2 lead. Dinner that evening was one of noise and banter thanks mainly to the industrial-level consumption of the fine wines that sommelier Peter Featherstone had chosen!
At least one of the Scots failed to get to bed at all that night and was found slumbering in a chair in the hallway the following morning and, on balance, the Scots appeared a little more subdued than the MTGS team at breakfast time, which boded well for the second day's matches at Woking.
First out was President, Martin Derrick, ably supported (carried at times!) by Roger Prowting. They squeezed a narrow 6 and 5 win over the Scottish captain Walter Bryson and Ken Smith which meant that the stunning Rolls-Royce Trophy would be returning south this year.
In the event the rest of the MTGS team came up trumps too, with a second overall 31/2 - 1/2 result, making it 7 – 1 over the two days. So, very well done to the MTGS team – the others were Vip Khanna, Ray Fisher, Don Baynham, John Smith and Peter Featherstone plus David Warren who played on Day One and Gary Denham who took his place on Day Two.
Commiserations to the Scots but thanks to all of them for their great company over two days of fun competition. Many thanks also to Peter Featherstone for making all the arrangements. He did a fine job once again.
12th May 2018
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