Visiting Sidmouth to play our match versus Somerset was enhanced by the fact that today was Roy Smith’s 90th birthday. A remarkable age achieved by a remarkable man! Everyone was very happy to sign a card wishing Roy a very happy birthday. Our friends from Somerset arrived a little early, enabling a tasting of the local ales together with some very tasty sandwiches and chips.
In the absence of Graham Heaman, Vice Captain, Bob Webber was entrusted with starter and photographic duties which of course he is well used to. The weather was mercifully far better than the previous day, dry, warm and a little breezy. Those who had previously played the golf course were happy to point out the idiosyncrasies, to our guests, on each hole and of course the amazing views along the Jurassic coast. Local knowledge is of great benefit on virtually every hole and physical endurance is also an excellent contributor, fortunately there are a few buggies available to aid those of us requiring same.
Our Captain, now a member at the venue, was therefore very pleased to finish off his season at his home club and to play with his Captain, the ebullient Neil Holland these days with a one handicap. Their opponents, with Captain Steve Butterfield probably one of the most charismatic characters to lead our opponents this year and Paul Whitewood, a very good fourball. Sidmouth has of course produced many fine golfers including the Winchester’s, Kevin Harper and Damien Gee to name but a few, their obvious talents used to the maximum producing a variety of golf shots through necessity. The course in excellent condition, the recent rain helping all courses to recover from arid conditions, this also applied to the pace of the greens. The greens were as good as I have ever played the course, above the hole requiring a very sensitive touch.
As ever, much banter ensued both on and off the course and a very nice three course meal, accompanied with laughter and great humour from all speakers punctuated with a few jokes. For Brian a very nice end to his match season break until 2020, Brian also invited those not already playing in his Captain’s Day at Libbaton, September 12th, there is still time to enter, just! There were some close matches however, Devon managed to squeeze an enjoyable win thereby retaining the trophy. September 12th looms large for Brian’s Captain’s Day and still time, just, for some late entries I hope to see you there.