1. Cambridgeshire – v – Suffolk
This match was played for the Ryder Replica and was away at Waldingfield Golf Club in Suffolk.
Very good golf course made tricky by the wind although the result showed Suffolk with a good win – all the matches were close and most went to the 18th. but Suffolk managed to win the last hole
Result – 2 – 6.
2. Mixed Match – Cambs. and Hunts ladies played at the Lady President’s Club, Heydon Grange.
We play a two men two lady format and had a very good day with excellent meal afterwards.
Winners: Edie Robinson The Cambridgeshire. Gretta Allen The Links, John Cardwell Brampton Park and Graham Handscombe Heydon Grange.
3. Inter Club Trophy played at Links Golf Course – 48 players from 11 Clubs participated.
The Winners were Bourn with 105 points closely followed by Brampton Park with 103, Gog Magogs were 3rd. with 102.
It was a very good day with close scores going down to the last group.
4. Cambridgshire – v – Oxfordshire.
We had a long trip to Magnolia Park Nr.Bicester for this match.only a few of our team had played the course before and it was quite challenging.
The match went down to the last pairing and we lost 3half to 4half.
5. Cambridgeshire – Hertfordshire-Essex.
The match was played for the Herve Trophy at Hadley Wood Golf Course – a great course with wonderful facilities Nr. Barnet.
We were well looked after even with lunch being served with ‘white gloved waitreses’ – food and golf were excellent.
We were graced with our Captains Club Professional – Alisdair Currie Brampton Park, Kevin Evans Arkley Golf Club and Gary Carter from Five Lakes.
The course was magnificent but the greens very hot to handle – even the Pros struggled on the greens.
It was a great result for Cambridgeshire because we got rid of the Wooden Spoon to Essex. Hertfordshire won for the first time since 1992 – well don the Bob Howell and his team.
Scores: Herts: 465 Cambs: 447 Essex: 442
6. Wednesday 1st. June was Millennium Trophy Day at St. Neots.
Only 31 players managed to play, the rough took its toll – fully grown and wet but a good venue and enjoyed by all.
Alan Wood from Brampton Park was the winner with 37 points.
I was pleased that Alan won because the Millennium Trophy was presented in 2000 by the Society Captain of that year Peter Collier from St. Ives. Alan went to school with Peter’s brother and when Alan moved to this area he contacted Peter who told him that Brampton Park was a new course and as they say – the rest is History.
For those of you that knew Peter he is now in a care home Nr. Leicester.
7. Cambridgeshire –v- Norfolk.
This match was played away at Thetford, a well known and played course by many Cambridgeshire players.
Again this was an excellent but we managed to get close going down to the last two matches but not that sought after win.
8. Nicholls Salver.
The Nicholls Salver took us down to Barkway this year – a southern hemisphere part of Cambridgeshire/Hertforshire border.
It was a lovely day with some very good golf the winner turning out to be Ray Smith, Society Past Captain from Barkway and 2nd. Place David Francis also from Barkway – I think the Barkway Boys did us on the day.
9. Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire and Norfolk Triangular Match was played this year at Brampton Park on 21st. June.
Known for some of his very interesting holes we thought that we would have a very good chance of turning close misses to winning. Alas we just could not hold on to a good start and Norfolk ran out winners. We had some satisfaction in coming second with Beds third. Things started to look up.
10. Guest Day was played this year at Bourn Golf Club who looked after us very well – course and meal excellent.
42 players took part in the day the Winners were Chris Atkin and his partner Doug Bottomley 43 points – Chris is Club Captain this year at Girton and I was grateful he took time out to play with SCAGC during a very busy year. He assures me that now he is a SCAGC winner he will be playing with us in the future.
2nd. Keith Howlett from Bourn – partner Paul Boag
3rd. David Steer from Bourn – partner Mike Parrish.
11. Kent and Sussex.
Because of a fixture problem Kent very kindly changed the date of their match which resulted in a Mini-Tour down to Kent and Sussex.
We played Kent at Walmer and Kingsdown on the cliff at Deal,
A great golf course but say it was windy was an under statement – it was gale force and if you ventured into the rough the wind was blowing the grass horizontal – apparently someone lost 8 balls on the day. He did not own up!!!
Again a very close match going down to the last pairing lost 4 – 6
We were extremely lucky with the weather – large black thunder clouds all around and localised flooding not far away – but we stayed dry until sitting down for the meal and the golf was over.
A number of us stayed at the Best Western Hotel in Folkestone for the night. A very good night.
Ten of us moved up to Kingshill Golf Course Nr. Maidstone and had an excellent days golf on a very good course – well worth playing.
Wednesday night saw us staying at the Gatwick Europa Hotel ready for taking on Sussex the following day at Cottesmore.
Another wonderful Golf Course and we were greatly entertained by Sussex but their hospitality ran out on the course and we lost 3half 4half.
Again down to the last match – we have got to try and load the back end but everyone tries their hardest.
Some of us stayed at Cottesmore overnight and one or two tried their nine hole course the following morning.
We had a great 3 days of golf on wonderful golf course with excellent company – a mini-tour should be repeated.
12. Tuesday 19th. July brought Captain’s Day at Brampton Park.
Sixty members played on what was probably the hottest day of the year.
The Captain tried to keep plenty of cold refreshments with Pimm’s at halfway and cold drinks on the buggie – ice melted very quickly.
It is not often that A Captain has to stand up at the meal afterwards and apologise for ‘the weather being two hot’, but I was grateful for all the members who turned out and played that day.
The Winner was Vince Davies – Brampton Park 39 points – I was pleased for Vince because although he has moved home to Nottinghamshire he is still a member of Brampton Park and plays quite regularly.
2nd. Place – Brian Gill 37 points.
3rd. Place – Gus Albon 37 points St. Neots.
There were a number of other prizes nearest the pins and a special prize on the 18th. for driving with a very long handled driver specially made by Doug Poole – the winner was one of our stalwarts Tony Andrews from Girton.
The Captain in his travels had obtained 4 vouchers for various courses which were excellently auctioned by Doug Pool and with a raffle made over £1000.00 on the day for MAGPAS charity.
I am really grateful to all that played, the Ladies and Brampton Park for all their support to which judging by the emails I received afterward was enjoyed by everyone. Many, Many thanks.
13. Cambs. Beds. Northants Triangular Match.
This match was played at St. Ives on 28th. July.
It was a really nice day to start but I am afraid the wind and rain came and transformed the golf course in just a few minutes. I was one of the lucky ones and only had two holes in the rain but felt sorry for the rest of my team for the weather – turned out pretty awful.
I am afraid that we came unstuck again and collected the wooden spoon.
Northants retained trophy by one point from Beds. I thought we had a win coming because we were well up on the scores halfway through but obviously our opponents handled the weather better than us.
14. Cambs. – v – Bucks.
We hosted Bucks at The Cambridgeshire on Thursday 4th. August.
A very nice day, the course was in very good condition and some very good golf played.
Luck is not going our way and again the result went down to the last match – we lost 3-5.