Report on Distillers vs Brewers Golf on Tuesday 25th June 2019 at West Hill Golf Club.
The annual match resulted in a handsome win for the Brewers, who retained the trophy for another year. The course was in superb condition with the greens very fast but true and the heather growing strongly. Whether either of these played a part in the result is not certain, but without doubt the Brewers proved too strong in all six games. They are a younger team than we are, and all their pairs combined well to record pars or better at nearly every hole. Formidable play indeed.
Two pairs Graham Franklin & Clive Bairsto who in his new role as our Development Director was making his debut and set the highest standard with his early putting, and Nathan Last & Phil Cavill, managed to take their matches to the last hole, but sadly neither could win the hole to snatch the half. .The other matches were not so close but the Brewers were gracious in their victory.
Both both sides thoroughly enjoyed the day and lunch was a very convivial occasion with everyone looking forward to the next year’s match which will probably take place at West Hill on Tuesday 30th June 2020.
On the positive side the Brewers were turned out in new embroidered polo shirts for which they gave us credit having admired our sartorial elegance on the course for the past few years
Distillers v Vintners 2019
9th April 2019 at the New Zealand Golf Club Woking
Very much like last year, this annual fixture did not enjoy the best of weather with almost constant drizzle throughout the morning.
However, slightly reduced teams of 9 a side did not let the conditions dampen their enthusiasm and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves as much as usual.
The first match out was a single between two of the best golfers in the field and Mike Keiller got an excellent half despite having to give 3 shots to the big hitting Tony Russell. Possibly because of the quality of golf or maybe the inclement weather the 18 holes were completed in under 3 hours.
Terry Barr & Ian Harris then produced some excellent golf to defeat David Robson & Robert Rolls for the Distillers to take a narrow lead.
However that is where the story ended as far as the Distillers were concerned with Tommy Haughton & Keith Garrard narrowly losing to James Davy and Michael Turner. Distillers Past Master Bob Howell, having now deserted to the Vintners, partnered Ralph Manners-Wood to victory over our top pairing of Graham Franklin and Michael Walpole and finally Jon Smith & Bruce Hyde were humbled by the dynamic duo of Sam Dow & James Handford. An excellent lunch accompanied by some excellent wines from the Vintners cellar – what a great way to spend the day.