GGCs v Oxfordshire Captains  -  Wednesday 19 July 2017  -  Haddon Hill Golf Club
Result  ...  Match Halved
This match was held on Haddon Hill Golf Course near Didcot in Oxfordshire.  The course is relatively new with lovely greens.  Mike Morely the course designer, builder and owner played for the Oxfordshire team.
A full report will be posted shortly, but Captain Mike Slatter has told me that the food was excellent as good as any restaurant, albeit a calorie counters nightmare but he did do his duty and ate the lot!!
More to follow ..........

Due to a clash of the usual pair in charge for the Gloucester Golf Captains matches, Tony and Ian, who were engaged in other duties, I was asked to stand in for and arrange the team and order of play.

 

 

The Gloucestershire team mostly arrived in good time apart from a couple who took the wrong turning. Nonetheless a warm and friendly welcome greeted us from the Oxfordshire Golf Captains on our arrival and with the Oxfordshire match secretary introducing  himself , lunch taken, the order of play was announced by our Captain Mike (Slatts) Slatter all was sorted and set for the days play.

 

 

The weather looked threatening at the start but with Captain 'Slatts' leading off with a returning Pat White after knee surgery (it was good to see him back as his usual cheerful self) the match got under way. The start was unusual as we had a two tee start using  the 1st and 3rd tees but this did mean we all finished as a group. The last group to go out included the golf course owner and designer/builder Michael Morley who was a great help and guided us expertly around the course, which was in excellent condition offering a tough but fair challenge, and with the weather behaving we all managed a dry round, and  an enjoyable game was had by all.

 

 

The match was followed by an excellent meal of Roast Oxfordshire Sirloin of Beef with all the trimmings, with the speeches from the Oxfordshire Captain and Captain Mike Slatter  responding and announcing the result as a draw 4-4. which at the end of a good day seemed a good result all round. The day was rounded off with  a customary joke from Pat White, the content of which I have conveniently forgotten (luckily).

 

 

            Ken Rawcliffe

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