Playing golf in the South West is, at the moment, somewhat akin to living and playing in California or similar, waking in the morning and becoming accustomed to every day being the same hot, dry and sunny. However, most golf courses in this country are just not equipped to deal with these conditions. Arriving at the usually lush Stover golf club it was not surprising therefore to discover somewhat arid conditions. Good husbandry by the greenstaff meant that the greens had recently been top dressed and not quite as pacy as one would normally expect. Our visitors were on their way home after having played Cornwall the previous day at Bowood GC, several of their players had not previously played the Stover course but were most impressed on their first visit and predicted wishing to return in the future. A bonus for all concerned was our Secretary Roy Smith was able to join us for lunch and dinner at his home club.
Unfortunately the Devon side had to call upon seven (7) reserves to field a full complement on the day, allow me to appeal to all members who have requested team selection in future matches to become proactive in this manner, IF YOU ARE NO LONGER AVAILABLE FOR A MATCH, CONTACT THE CAPTAIN OR VICE PRIOR TO TEAM SELECTION. We have all, in our roles as Captains, experienced the frustration this creates. Having said this all Captains of DGCs welcome more new and older members to join these matches which are hugely enjoyable and entertaining. The eventual team however all thoroughly enjoyed their friendly rivalry with our friends from Dorset, renewing friendship and acquaintance. One of our visitors however had experienced trauma on both days, at Bowood his pull trolley inadvertently parked on a slope drifted into a pond, in trying to recover his beloved clubs he himself found it impossible to extricate himself from the said pond with its very slippery plastic liner, he was successfully rescued, Having survived this experience and recovered said player experienced further drama by way of slipping into a ditch at Stover and reappeared somewhat mud stained and crestfallen, sometimes golf just bites one on the backside.
The day concluded with a very good three course meal and the usual speeches thanking all involved for a very enjoyable day and safe journey home.