Our Summer M4 Cup team were unfortunately knocked out by Oak Park at the quarter final stage by 2.5 to 1.5. The match was played at home on a baking hard course on Wednesday 18 July with conditions very much favouring the higher handicaps. Commiserations to our lower handicap players Brunsden, Carvill, Madeley, and Drummond who had to give away respectively 15,12,11 and 11 shots – tough call. Well done to Messrs Reseigh and Armitage for their well fought win against more comparable opponents. Other than the captain, a good effort all round.
Another day in paradise, the sun beating down, this time at The Springs. The course is in the throes of being changed from a club course to a championship course, with holes being brought in and out of play. Every day a new score card seems to be issued. The new bunkers, of which there are legions, are lined with about 4 inches of black rubber. Without sand in them, they look fairly ominous but the ball bounces brilliantly out of them; perhaps we should have some at DG. The individual matches were either won fairly easily or were a close run thing. Unfortunately DG lost 2 games to 4 and over the 2 legs of this 3 Counties League fixture, 5½ to 6½. Well done those who won and better luck next time those who lost.
Seniors will be seniors. One Temple member went on holiday and forgot to check his emails so did not arrive, despite frantic phone-calls as to his whereabouts and safety. And on the question of safety, never try to drive a 5ft 6in buggy under a 5ft branch of a tree. The result was a canopy and windscreen destroyed, a lucky escape for Alan Ravenhall who had just vacated the passenger seat and a bit of a shock for Mike Lewsey, the driver. Seniors!!
The match itself was played on superb greens, and desert-like fairways, resulting in a win for Donnington Grove, 4½ to 1½, and over the 2 legs, 8 to 4. We tried a 2 tee start from the 15th for 2 teams which proved to be successful. Well done everybody.
Our friendly match against Newbury & Crookham was played under scorching conditions, with the fairways like rock, making the course altogether shorter if you could hit a straight ball and keep it on the fairway. Despite the drought the greens were in superb condition, running straight and true. The result was 2 halved, 2 won and 2 lost, or 3 – 3. We look forward to our return match on the 23rd August when jackets & ties will no longer be required!
The seniors had a hard fought home win (4 to 2) against the current champions in the Three Counties Seniors Summer League. It was a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon against engaging opponents and with excellent weather and course conditions. This takes our aged stalwarts to equal top having played and won three home games. The hard work away is yet to start!