David Beer-David Bailey-John Holland-Andy Carpenter
This match, previously referred to as South Wales Coastal Captains, is now to be known as St Pierre Captains. The format in future will be against solely St Pierre Captains, where necessary St Pierre members will supplement any shortfall in numbers. Last year at the Welsh stronghold we suffered a crushing defeat 71/2 – 1/2, it was time to balance the books! Dainton Park the venue offered a home advantage although no Dainton Captain had chosen to play, Derek Bryant the regnant Captain was away. The course, pretty well always in good condition, was especially beneficial today, elevated greens difficult to approach unless previous experience could be drawn upon. None of the matches were runaway wins or losses, several matches could well have gone either way, however Devon boys dug deep and edged a worthy and welcome win. Once again four substitutes had to be used to form a team on the day. An unfortunate misunderstanding meant that Tony Edge arrived to play but was not thought to be available so had to make the journey home without a game. Tony and his wife are currently experiencing a serious health problem, our thoughts and best wishes for your wife are with you Tony.
The course played well with greens in excellent condition and moderate pace, unless putting downhill then, whoa! A number of course changes have been effected since last we played, Captain v Vice Captain earlier this year. Several bunkers have been filled in, notably the signature bunker on the second greenside trap with the tree in the middle. Pin positions, such a crucial part of the course management at Dainton, were in the most part fairly generous. Playing off the yellow tees is Dainton without its teeth in, several holes thereby providing good birdy opportunities. The test at the venue is significantly increased however if one’s trolley is not working, the Captain struggled for 15 holes with a “rogue” trolley before it was discovered that his wheels were on the wrong way round, whoops. This was mentioned after dinner by the St Pierre Captain Mike Smith, Mike was “seen to” by the Dartmouthians Lew Easter and David Lord, his revelation re. the Captain’s wheels his only success of the day.
Both Captain’s expressed their thanks to our host, for the use of the course and predictably first class meal. David Beer was unable to present our cheque to anyone from Dainton, for the junior section, but it was left to be claimed at a later date. Finally, PLEASE, if you have registered to play in a future match and are now unavailable let someone know, ideally the Vice Captain Mike Badcock whose job it is to get a team out on the day. “If you can’t go let someone know”