G.G.C. v Berkshire Match at Castle Royle GC on Monday 30th May 2022.
Result – Match Won 7 - 1.
The Gloucestershire Gladiators travelled down the M4 or M40 to Castle Royle Golf Club in Maidenhead. The course was opened in 1995 and has matured very quickly into a fine golfing track which was presented in very good order, our thanks to the green staff.
We were greeted by the Castle Royle Club Captain Phil Bastian and then treated to doorsteps and chips. Berkshire match secretary Tony and our stand in match secretary John Dymock read out the pairings. (There were a few sharp intakes when the handicaps were discovered with quite a few shots flying about!).
Ian Watkins and I were paired with Berkshire Captain Terry and Club Captain Phil. We had a good tussle with some great golf being played by both teams; we were 4 up by nine only to be dragged back to one by 14 then the rain came - a steady downpour. We made more use of this and won the next two holes to win the match 3&2.
The Lansdown pairing of Joe Garry, who stood in for the President, and Neil Pirie had a good match finally bringing home a 1up result.
3 handicapper James Leatham-Pugh, who is a school teacher and can only play during school holidays, and fellow Brickhampton partner Chris Dooley kept up the winning streak ending in a 2 up win.
John Dymock & Roger Downs were paired against a home pairing of Tony Payne & Paul Masters who put their home advantage to good use winning the 4&2.
New pairing of the Gloucester Golf Club President, John Christie, and Minchinhampton Paul Wilson gave their opposition little chance running out 4&3 winners.
The course obviously suited Chipping Sodbury pairing of Trevor Stewart and Paul Mason who brought home a good winning margin of 3&2
Past Captain Sam and fellow Cotswold Hills partner Clive Collier continued the winning trend with a 1 up victory. The same result as the final pairing of Brian Snook and Paul Lucas from Lydney who was a very late stand in for Derek Newton.
The final result was a resounding victory for the Gloucestershire Gladiators 7-1.
We then sat down to a very enjoyable meal of beef bourguignon followed by apple charlotte.
The formal speeches then took place but unfortunately, the trophy was not in situ at the presentation and will now be passed over at the 4 counties tournament at Gerrard’s Cross.
A big thank you to all involved especially John Dymock and the last minute stand ins Joe and Paul.