HONITON GOLF CLUB 13th JUNE
Match Result Devon GCs 4 – Oxfordshire GCs 4
Arriving at Honiton a little early I discovered several Oxfordshire Captains were already there. There followed a tale of woe whereby they had played Dorset the previous day at Came Down GC, apparently it had done just that! Heavy rain, incompleted matches and everyone drenched none of these chaps seemed particularly keen to play golf. Several of their players were drying golf shoes with the hand driers in the locker room. The mood lifted however with the arrival of the excellent luncheon, very tasty soup together with a generous supply of assorted sandwiches.
The Captain’s announced the teams together with the fact that “reliable Robert” (Bob Webber) had stood in at the last moment for Brian Perring, torn hamstring, despite the fact that Bob’s understanding Wife had required him to finish painting the kitchen ceiling before going out to play! The match began with a very light shower but that was all the rain we were to see, the “Sunstan” sunshine tour rolled on. With the exception of the first and last games most were clearly won and lost, Hamish and Roger with a very stong wag of the tail preserved the Captain’s unbeaten record. To a man the Oxford men thoroughly enjoyed Honiton and what was to follow.
It would be impossible to record a match at the venue without mentioing the food! A superb meal was presented by the girls and their young staff with masses of vegetables accompanying the braised steak, chips, boiled potatoes, broad beans, peas, cauliflower cheese all beautifully cooked and piping hot. Then of course the dessert extravaganza, with many gasps of surprise and delight when served, truly magnificent in quality and quantity. All greeted the thanks to the caterer’s with genuine and enthusiastic applause.
With belts loosened, replete and ready to be entertained by both Captain’s winding up the day with some entertaining stories we were not dissappointed. Peter’s very amusing anectdotes were followed by an equally amusing response by Ian the Oxfordshire Captain, he mentioned one of his team’s eagle, from 157 yards, but recognised that the said eagle was unfortunately not large enough to carry off the player responsible!
Now to the Shropshire Tour and new courses to play Belmont and Kington, sunshine all the way?
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