David Beer-Phil Pascoe-Tim Aggett- Peter Jones
Driving to Staddon Heights in heavy rain and having played before at this venue in similar conditions, pleasure was not on the agenda! Typically, in Wimbledon fortnight, the weather improved dramatically. Early starters soon discarded waterproofs and some, with an each way bet, revealed shorts with legs of all descriptions and colour attached. A glorious day ensued with blue skies and of course the quite remarkable views from the golf course. Phil Pascoe, Staddon Vice Captain standing in for the club’s Captain, reminded all that if one’s golf was not up to par then take in the sights on offer. The Brittany ferry docking and two Naval vessels arriving in the Sound, one a particularly sinister looking Fast Attack Craft, were particularly noteworthy.
So to the golf course, the Captain’s home club, was in good order and likely to have benefitted from the rainfall earlier. The greens, of moderate pace, were like most clubs currently firm and welcoming the rainfall, albeit meagre. Remedial work is currently being carried out on the 15th but we were able to play 18 holes, on an eclectic course utilising the club’s extra hole, all very satisfactory. With several players fulfilling requirements to play for either side, the Secretaries were “On a course” for the benefit of anyone interested!
This annual match is always keenly contested, I don’t know why, and so it was on this occasion with several matches potentially going either way. This match was for some a dress rehearsal for Captain’s Day on September 17th, make a note in your diary. The meal was very good and for a change lamb, rarely served in matches these days, together with generous vegetables and potatoes. With some of our guests having significant journey times speeches and the Trophy presentation were kept short and sweet. Our usual donation to the Staddon Juniors was received by Tim Aggett. Another good day ended we all drove home on a lovely July evening, some regretting missed “Gimmes”