Well here we are at the end of another match season having had a fantastic summer. So why, do we ask, did the mixed section lose five of our fourteen scheduled matches, many more than ever before. Maybe it slipped our memories that the year started off really wet, so much so that even Test Valley was unplayable in March. When it came to early April Bishopswood was also struggling and our match with Sherfield Oaks had to be abandoned. Unfortunately suitable dates could not be found for re-arranged games with either club. However, the course was starting to dry out later in April and we were visited by Winter Hill, who put on a great performance beating us 5-1.
Our next match was away to Mapledurham and we earned a very respectable three all draw. An away match with Oak Park followed. For this match we had to recruit Alison Goudge as a very late replacement (Sunday 9am) for Pam Best, who that morning discovered an oil leek which blighted the rest of her year. Alison really enjoyed being back with her old friends and club mates. The match, for the first time, was played twice around their nine hole, Village Course, which proved much more user friendly than the Woodland Course. However, we fared no better in terms of the result, which was a 5-0 whitewash. Not downhearted the team picked themselves up and won the next match at home to Tidworth Garrison 4-1.
You may have noticed that the team numbers vary from match to match, this has been mainly due to the restricted number of ladies that were available. At the end of last year I was very hopeful that another two couples would be available for selection but this did not materialise and I had generally to rely upon my regular loyal squad. Even they had their problems. Pam Best lost a good part of the season with horrendous problems with her house and similarly Shelagh Finch. We can only hope that they are both ensconced in their respected homes by next season and ready to join the fray again.
The summer was now well underway and our visit to Dummer proved to be successful, earning a 3-3 draw. At Andover, on a blisteringly hot day, we were not so successful, coming away with a 4-1 loss. Our next match was to be away to Winter Hill, where we hoped to get our revenge for the 5-1 thrashing that we received at home, earlier in the year. However, our luck with the weather didn’t hold and this particular Sunday was the only one in the middle of a very hot and sunny period when it rained all day and the match had to be cancelled.
Meanwhile some of our squad members had been doing well in other club events. Sue Corallo came second in the Per Ardua ad Astra, with 41 points and Colin Woodward third, with 39 points. In the Club Handicap Championship, Jenny Lycett came second with a score of 141 and Paul Barnett was fourth with 143. Jenny also won this year’s Tadley Cup. In the Veterans Handicap Championship Shelagh Finch came second with a score of 65. Jenny Lowe won the Noo Clover trophy, Sandy Deacon won the Ladies Matchplay and Bob Mitchell won the Scratch ‘B’ Matchplay. Finally Sheila Crawford won the Vets Trophy with 43 points, only the second time that this event has been won by a lady.
Now back to the matches. Our home match with Mapledurham was another success with a great 6-0 win. Hennerton, at home was to follow but Sunday rain again caught us out and the match had to be cancelled. Bradfield College away was the next match, which we lost 3½-1½. This followed a pattern for over the last few years we have always won at home and lost away. Let’s hope the pattern continues for at least another year. The season finished on a winning note, with Colin Woodward captaining the team to a 5-0 win at home to Donnington Valley. Unfortunately our final fixture with Donnington Grove had to be called off again, due to rain on the day.
Your Mixed Organiser might be competent to arrange the fourteen matches over the year but he is not so good at arranging his own diary. He booked his holiday to avoid matches but completely overlooked the Mixed Open. However, a good team was lined up to make for a great day and our Open’s Co-ordinator, Bob Mitchell, took over the reins, on the day and steered it to a successful conclusion. The visitor’s first prize was again won by Venessa Gardiner and Shelley May from Dummer G. C. (3rd year running) with runners-up Barbara Mills and Andy Hayes from Royal Winchester. The home first prize went to Ros Coulson and Malcolm Boreham with runners-up Jacqui Morris and Richard Peatman. This year saw one of the best entries from visiting clubs but fewer from Bishopwood and although it is good to have a good number of visitors, more of our own members participating would also be good.
So overall a very successful season with very acceptable match results but more importantly good support from club members and all the matches were greatly enjoyed both by our opponents and our own players. This is one of the game’s best forms of play; with a great social atmosphere both on and off the course. So if you’re free on a Sunday, give it a go, there is always an entry sheet on the notice board outside the changing rooms and you will be given a great welcome.
Finally, on behalf of the Mixed squad I must thank Kevin, Lee and Peter for presenting the course in such great condition, despite a horrendous start to the year and a difficult dry summer. Also our thanks to Kevin and his great clubhouse staff, who are always appreciated for their friendly, efficient service.
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