Match Report – MTGS v Scottish MTGS May 7/8th 201 at Blairgowrie
News and information from this event
This year, the Society’s annual match against the Scottish MTGS was played on May
7 and 8 at the delightful Blairgowrie GC near Perth in Scotland. Guided by Match
Manager, Peter Featherstone, 6 travellers set off from Heathrow early Thursday
morning to meet up with the other 2 Team Members en route to Blairgowrie. This
delightful Golf Club has hosted many professional and prestigious amateur
competitions over the years and boasts 2 Championship courses, the Rosemount
and the recently upgraded Landsdowne.
The 2 teams assembled at lunchtime on Day 1 and over lunch the draw was
announced. There was much excitement and anticipation for the contest ahead and
renewal of old acquaintances. Prior to lunch a count of the prior years’ results on the
Rolls Royce Trophy had shown the Scots to be leading by 6! There was much
determination expressed to reduce this to 5 this year.
Day 1 was played on the Rosemount course and provided the MTGS with a
significant lead by 3 matches to 1. The President and his partner Godfrey Hall led off
and came back victorious by 4&2. Other winners were Ian Wilson & Brian Lowe and
John Smith & Ray Fisher. Unfortunately Vip Khanna, who was dosed up with
painkillers to mask a hip injury, & Peter Featherstone suffered a 3&2 defeat.
On the evening of Day 1, the 2 teams gathered for a convivial dinner where there
was much debate about the impending general election results, the current state of
the motor trade and the matches for Day 2 were announced.
Day 2 was played on the Landsdowne course and the Society was again victorious
by 3 matches to 1 leading to an overall win for the MTGS by 6 matches to 2. The first
3 pairs all won their matches with wins for John Smith & Ray Fisher, Vip (the Hip)
Khanna & Ian Wilson and Brian Lowe & Peter Featherstone. The result was therefore
already settled when President Roger & Godfrey Hall lost on the 18th.
Following play, a leisurely lunch was then taken at the end of which the Scottish
MTGS Captain, Mike Kirk, presented the Rolls Royce Trophy to MTGS President
Roger Prowting. After lunch the 2 teams bade farewell and went their separate ways.
Many thanks to all the team members for their commitment and efforts over the 2
days and particularly to Peter Featherstone for his organization of the match on
behalf of the Society and Brian Lowe for chauffering the Trophy to Scotland and
MTGS 6 Scottish MTGS 2