The Devon tourists, heading for the training ground at the Premier Inn, Evesham, understandably had both eyes on Carol Kirkwood and her weather pointers for the following day! Dire, the forecast and several doubting Thomas’s, yours truly amongst them, were encouraged by our ever optimistic Captain to remain positive. Quite miraculously we played the whole round without even a drop of rain!
Our venue, a nine hole course in the midst of 125 year celebrations, was another unknown to all Devon players and a good number of our opponents. Played from two sets of tees most holes were substantially different from first time around. With the dreadful forecast it was decided to play a shotgun start, from 8 different tees, very successful. The course, generally in good condition and enjoyed by most, had good quality greens in the main and green green fairways. Consequent to the start meant that we all dined at 6.45 and with our hotel just 6 minutes away, plenty of time to test the local ales! Worcester the current holders of the trophy had only to halve the match to retain. Brian and Phil Webb, obviously giddy going into the second round, went down heavily however, the next three matches in Devon’s favour, things looked promising! Bob Webber and irrepressible John Bailey saved the day bringing in a win for match eight.
An excellent meal and animated conversation throughout the dining room confirmed that we were all winners on the day, not a drop of rain ! We were unable to take first tee photo’s on the day as a result of the shotgun start so, happy faces in the clubhouse must suffice.