On Thursday 9th May, it was an early start for the team: we travelled from three airports, all meeting at Glasgow airport and then on to Prestwick St Nicholas Course.
After meeting and lunching with our opponents and the usual exchange of new and old stories of wins, losses, people and places, the pairings had been decided and we knew who we were up against.
The first tee time was 1.36 and we enjoyed reasonably good weather although a little chilly. Playing 4-ball better ball, the result for the first day was 2-2 all square.
That night we were invited back to the Club’s private dining room for dinner and we learned the pairings for day two. We then took a most refreshing walk along the sea front to our hotel bar to continue the pleasant evening, I think most got to bed at a reasonable hour but not before some quantity of fine single malts were dispatched.
Day two continued after a good Scottish breakfast and transfer to Troon (Barassie course). Our first tee time was 10.36 and we were feeling quite comfortable in the knowledge that we only needed to repeat our first day performance to retain the ROLLS ROYCE TROPHY.
Both sides had decided at dinner to jiggle the pairings and the order of play: unfortunately, the way the bones dropped was disadvantageous for the south with day two results being 3-1 to the Scots
Overall Result 5 points to 3
We then retreated to the club bar to lick our wounds and also congratulate our fellows from Scotland who had the stronger team and deserved the win. Over the trophy presentation lunch, I stood in for our President and presented Ray Fisher’s iPhone to Walter Bryson (Scotland’s captain), which was displaying a very nice picture of the Rolls Royce Trophy that had been left down south! Walter and his team took it well: we all then got on with the wine and banter.
11th May 2019
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