Presidents Match at Thorpeness
Thu 3rd to Fri 4th September 2015
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Match Report MTGS -v- President’s Team
President’s Match Report: Thorpeness Golf Club, September 3rd/4th 2015
The format of this annual event is that the President selects a team of 10 to play against a MTGS team: tradition has it that the President’s team should contain no more than 5 MTGS members. On this occasion Roger Prowting selected a very strong team including Martin Howes, John Smith, Ray Sommerville and Paul Williams as his picks from the ranks of the MTGS. The organiser of the event and Captain of the MTGS team was Ray Fisher: his team was made up of Derek Allen, Butch Ash, John Callender Steve Drewitt, Mike Evans, Neal Fox, Nick Haigh, John Warren & Terry Wills. On day one there are five four ball better ball matches followed by ten singles on day two.
Roger chose Thorpeness Golf Club as the venue – an element of revenge perhaps for many years of commuting from his Chelmsford home around the M25 for early morning starts at MTGS competitions in Surrey! In reality it was a first class decision as the hotel on the golf course was excellent as was the course itself. The course was laid out in 1922 by James Braid, one of the greatest golf course designers in history. Thorpeness is regarded as one of the finest coastal heathland golf courses in Britain and it winds its way through heather, gorse, pine and silver birch trees – a thinking man’s course where driver is not the automatic weapon of choice from the tee.
Was it significant that the village of Thorpeness was a fantasy creation (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thorpeness ) in the early twentieth century by the very successful businessman, G.S. Ogilvie? Would the quality of the golf match the surreal setting with the course overlooked by the remarkable “house in the clouds”?
This is in fact an old water tower concealed to look like a house rather than an eyesore and for about £3000 a week (http://www.houseintheclouds.co.uk/index.php?pid=1), you could rent this along with several of your friends and family! OK I digress! Back to the event….
Remarkably all twenty players turned up in good time for a healthy lunch of ham, egg and chips. After welcomes from Roger & Ray, the pairings were announced and the fourballs finished up as follows: -
Fisher & Haigh beat Prowting & Sommerville by 3 & 2
Callender & Drewitt lost to August & Welton by 4 & 3
Allen & Ash lost to Standish & Warmington by 7 & 6
Evans & Warren beat Howes & Williams by 2 holes
Fox & Wills lost to O’Donnell & Smith by 1 hole
This meant that the President’s team held a 3 – 2 lead and was well placed to claim back the trophy won in 2014 by the MTGS. After drinks in the bar, we went to the restaurant and enjoyed a very good meal accompanied by several bottles of wine and unlikely tales of exploits on the golf course. Returning to the bar, a lot more alcohol was consumed with scant regard to the important matches to be played the following day!
Breakfast the next day was an occasion for quiet talking after the night before! For a second time, we managed to escape the showers in the vicinity and the excitement mounted as the results came in: -
1. Fox halved with Howes
2. Haigh lost to August by 2 holes
3. Warren beat Prowting 4 & 3
4. Ash lost to Warmington 4 & 3
5. Callender beat O’Donnell 5 & 3
6. Evans beat Williams 6 & 5
7. Fisher lost to Standish by 1 hole
8. Allen lost to Welton by 2 holes
9. Wills halved with Smith
10. Drewitt lost to Sommerville 3 & 1
This all amounted to a 9 – 6 overall victory for the President’s team and Ray presented Roger with the trophy. Roger was quick to point out that the four members of his team who were not MTGS members had a 100% record in both the pairs and singles contests whilst he, on the other hand, had not contributed even half a point to his team’s cause! A group photograph and farewells rounded off a very successful day. Congratulations to Roger on his choice of venue and to Ray for his organisational skills.
Terry Wills, Sept 4th 2015
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