GGCs v Dorset Captains - Thursday 6 July 2017 - Came Down Golf Club
This match was held on Came Down Golf Course near Dorchester. The course was first laid in 1896 but later re-designed in 1904 by JH Taylor and improved in 1927 by Harry Colt.
The club's famous boast is that Samuel Ryder, who used to holiday at nearby Weymouth, regularly played at Came Down and after getting to know the Whitcombe brothers (professionals at the club) very well, first conceived the idea of the Ryder Cup. It is claimed that when Samuel Ryder asked the Whitcome brothers why they never played in The Open their response was that the Americans were dominating The Open and they could ill afford the rail fares to get to The Open venues. This stimulated Sam Ryder to come up with the idea to create a match between the two countries.
The team was welcomed by the Dorset Captain and after a light lunch the teams were announced.
Play commenced at 1pm sharp and most games were closely fought.
The final result was sadly a loss GGC's 3 wins to 5 losses.
Captain Mike Slatter's first loss.
Charles, Earnest & Reg Whitcombe