The Bristol GC. Friday 3rd August 2012.
1 Richard Champion & Adam Graveney v John and Fran Davies
2 Sandie Meacher & Gavin Bradbury v Phil Cookson & Sarah Champion
3 Matt Condren & Jane Rees v Rob Furlong & Hazel Bevan
4 James Macey & David Fear v Rod & Marian Speed
5 Chris Perry & John Graveney v Mark Smith & Geoff Cottell
The OMGS team secured a very satisfactory 4 ½ – ½ victory over the Millfield Golfing Society, in the first of what will become an annual fixture. The Bristol golf course was an excellent venue, being located near the M5, and an easy journey from London.
Bacon butties and coffee were most welcome on arrival, as was the insurance form that everyone was asked to complete to protect us from any wayward shots! At tee off time the weather closed in and water proofs were soon donned and brollies were at the ready. However, this was just enough to dispel the clouds and ensure an almost rain free round until the last couple of holes.
The OMGS team, with their lower handicaps, were viewed by their MGS opponents as a cunning mixture of youth and experience, combined with considerable golfing (or former golfing) talent. There was reference made by the MGS to the average difference in combined handicaps in each pairing, as being 15 shots!
Not to be deflected from the task in hand, the OMGS got underway with the matches. There was some monstrous hitting by Adam, Matt and James in particular and a hole in one by Jane on the 9th, all of which helped propel the OMGS to victory. Gavin and Sandie had a thrilling and tightly contested match with Phil and Sarah, and they secured a half in their match with a birdie on the 18th. The other pairings were all successful. We all had great fun, enjoyed a delicious meal (and some wine, courtesy of Jane), and much good banter. A collection for the MGS Captain’s charity amounted to a very generous £37.
Many thanks to those who travelled a long way to fulfil the fixture, to John Davies for organising the MGS team and to John Graveney of the OMGS (and I suspect his wife Karen) for organising such a successful day.