Chris Edge Memorial Trophy
The annual friendly golf match vs the Old Whitgiftians was played at Royal Wimbledon on 14th July with teams of 10 playing in four balls. We won with a score of 3 ½ – 1 ½
Micky King and Ralph Cake won 3 & 2
Scott Lloyd and Neil Lovett won 4 & 3
Paul Druckman and Ian Hay won 4 & 2
Chris Gems and Tony Damon halved
Graham Cox and Lance Condon lost 4 & 2
Micky and Ralph played Chris and Russell. Ralph and Micky combined well so when one was off the other was able to ensure that the opponents were always under some pressure. Ralph clinched the 3 and 2 win with a fine 4 on the 16th after Russell (whose driving was very good all match) had driven into a fairway bunker over 280 yds down the fairway. Ralph’s winning putt was one of three outrageously long putts that between us we holed in the match.
Neil has written that Scott played the pivotal role, whilst he played a good support role. The highlight was that both Scott and he had 4-foot putts for Eagles on par 5 11th hole, but both only managed birdies. Neil and Scott won 4 and 3.
Paul and Ian had a very nice game with 2 chaps, who enjoyed their golf, but soon realised that it was not going to possible to beat Ian Hay on that form. Ian was simply immense and won the match single-handed. At one stage soon after the front 9 we (Ian) were 4 up and then we (Ian) really cruised through to win 4 &2. Let me add that I play regularly with Ian, in fact only a couple weeks ago, and he has never played that well – a sign of things to come.
Ian’s comments are that it was definitely a team affair with Paul calculating when he was required to come in and doing so to deadly effect and so in his opinion the opponents were somewhat up against it despite playing well themselves.
Chris and Tony had a hard fought and enjoyable match against Don Anderson and Bharat Bhagat of Whitgift, which finished with “honours even” as a halved match.
Graham and Lance played two 15 handicappers who were very much on form. They parred the first three holes to go three up and we never recovered. We played some good golf to each get a few pars but over all we won a few then we lost a few and so were 3 down after 14 holes. We then lost the 15th to finish 4 down with 3 to play. Graham Cox 22/1/15