Match 6 – Harris vs Mellor – Friday 8 March
It was a pleasure to host Russell at Croham Hurst – on a day when rain was threatening only half an hour into the match – rain which was to bring the match to a premature end after 10 holes.
In the bar prior to tee-off, Russell explained that although he was a member of Shortlands Golf Club (only a few miles east of Croydon) he hadn’t played very much, so we agreed that he should play off the maximum men’s handicap.
During the match, we discussed the problems facing independent wine merchants in the light of both Brexit and the margin pressures of the UK market. Russell’s business focuses on selling high-end wines to the academic sector, and has a great market for port (love it)! Conversation also turned to the issues of town planning (with Russell having been Chair of the Bromley Council Planning Committee) – particularly relevant as Croham Hurst is under attack from developers targeting any properties in the area surrounding the course! Once the rain started in earnest, we adjourned to the clubhouse and had a very British pot of tea and a toasted bun before Russell left to beat the Friday rush hour.
Oh……. the result and the score? ……………… Not important, as it was such a pleasure to meet Russell………… but I look forward to meeting the winner of the Hyde/Espey battle…………
Match 12 – Walpole vs Bull – Monday 11 March
Rupert Bull (RB) arrived promptly after a short journey from home to Bishops Stortford Golf Club where Michael Walpole (MW) was host.
The weather was dry and clear, but the prevailing wind made judgement difficult.
All handicaps were equal and RB went 1 up at the second after two terrific recovery shots from the rough.. A scrabbled win for MW at the 3rd.. all square which it remained after the fourth.
Some unfortunate lies, the intervention of some trees and lost balls meant the next 5 holes went to the host. MW 5 up at the turn. The next 4 holes were honourably shared but a win on the short par 4 with a par secured MW victory.
Many thanks to Rupert for travelling to BSGC and for a very enjoyable round of golf.