Distillers v Brewers at West Hill – 22nd June 2021
The course was in superb condition having been prepared for a major club championship which was cancelled due to the weather on the preceding Friday. Similarly the expected Freedom Day on the Monday had also been postponed which meant many of the rules were still in place. However this didn’t spoil the day or do much to change our normal behaviour.
The matches, as always, were played in excellent spirits with several close matches.
The Distillers’ first pair of Tommy Haughton and Phil Cavill played magnificently to record a good win. Led by 8 handicapper, Tommy, who reached the Par 5s in two strokes, putting for an eagle on each and achieving birdies on both, they were in front from the first and held on to win well.
The second pair of Chris Porter and Barry Campbell narrowly lost after levelling the match at the 17th but losing the final hole.
Michael Campbell & Ronnie Cox were outplayed by opposing captain Nic Armitage & partner Nick Miller who played very well to win convincingly.
Sadly the fourth and five pairs of John Smith & Nick Strachan and Ian Harris & James Espey both narrowly lost with John & Nick losing on the 18th green as the Brewers team upped their game over the final few holes.
The final pair of Mike Keiller and Neil Stevenson won on the final hole where Neil holed a difficult 8 foot putt for a half to win 1up.
So a final result of 4-2 for The Brewers but a close and hard fought victory to retain the trophy. As always a thoroughly enjoyable match, followed by an excellent lunch, albeit at tables of four for we all hope the last time before we can get back to normal life.