We all arrived bright and early and were surprised by the dull skies and the cooler temperature in North Cornwall compared to what we were used to of late.
Equally surprising was that the initial main topic of conversation wasn’t about our upcoming match or even about the England match taking place later that evening, it was about the various routes our Satnavs had used to get us to The Point at Polzeath.
Upon seeing the teams we saw that 2 of our DGC colleagues were playing for the opposition, Tim Aggett and Mike Penlington, it was especially pleasing to see Mike as he had been missing for some time due to family issues.
The matches started with improving weather with the sun eventually coming out, we were led by our Captain, Ben Lynch ably assisted by Steve Spicer playing SW Secs Captain Alan Creber from Launceston GC and Graham Dymond.
The course had, obviously, suffered, as others have, from the prolonged hot dry spell we have had and was particularly yellow, hard and bumpy causing some strange and inconsistent bounces of the ball.
The SW Secs adapted more readily to the conditions than DGC did and won the first 6 matches, the best score being 6 and 4, the best DGC managed was a 2 and 1 loss by the Captain.
Roger Cooper and Ian Bulpin saved DGC from a whitewash winning their match against Brian Rimes and Jon Mills 1 up.
Brian Rice and John Barnard, in the final match, managed to drag defeat from the jaws of victory, they were 4 up after 6 holes and lost 3 and 2.
So, DGC lost 7-1.
Tradition was waived due to people wanting to get off to see the football, so we all ate as we came in and the speeches took place as the final 2 matches were having their dinner. It was a little difficult as we had to eat in a public room with lots of noise and commotion but a good day was had.