Returning to Holsworthy GC meant that a few Cornish players lived closer to the venue than some Devon opponents. Always assured of a friendly welcome from the club, one of the owners was on hand to ensure everything ran smoothly. An earlier start ensured some benefit to those of us traveling from distance. A couple of late substitutes, Mike Badcock and Lew Easter, were paired together and provided a handsome win for the hosts. This however was not reflected throughout the rest of the team, matches one and two came in with a point each but Devon had to wait for the final match providing a welcome half.
The course varied considerably, in terms of ground conditions, some fairways extremely dry yet elsewhere green lush and occasionally wet, we do so need rain for most courses! The greens, cosmetically not terribly uniform, but putted well, so much for looks! This annual match with our neighbours is always played in a competitive but good humoured manner, as it should be. Several matches were quite close but on the day the ball ran well for the visitors, apparently.
The day ended, as always, with a hubbub of animated chatter evidence of an enjoyable day spent with good company. One result a little surprising, Ted Rockey and Mike Penlington going down 2 and 1, rumour has it that Ted had to lose to ensure a lift home with his two opponents ! When Brian made his closing speech he mentioned that it may well be difficult to include “Penners” again because it always rained when he makes one of his rare appearances.
Brian presented the home Captain Ian with a cheque for their junior section, much appreciated. Handing over to the irrepressible John Stansforth, the Cornish Captain, he managed to fit in a photograph of the Shield’s presentation between quenching his thirst with some local ale, a real character and tireless worker for their association and a popular Captain I’m sure ! Here’s to the next time in deepest Cornwall.
Is that Brian Rimes organising the getaway car??????