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Seniors v Northants - MATCH REPORT 1.8.13

Worcester Seniors v Northants

at Gaudet Luce 1st August 2013

 

Looking at the forecast I was troubled with the prospect of playing another match in searing temperatures. Just a month ago we played Warwickshire in similar temperatures and a few of the players showed obvious signs of heat stroke. Luckily there was a strong breeze throughout the day, which allowed play as long as you kept hydrated.

 

All the morning greensomes matches were tight. Bill Thompson/Bryan Swain managed to win at the 9th by one hole. Steve Carpenter/Willie Kerr and John Swann/Lesley Stallard reported a real ding dong battle and both matches finished with a half. Laurence Hawker/Philip White had a tight match and lost by one hole. Peter Adams/Grenville Rose won their match 3&2 whilst Mike O’Donnell/Ricky Chima were involved in a tight game which went to Northants by the narrowest of margins. At lunch the score was 3 points each.

 

You can always rely on a well fought match against Northants and the afternoon session went very well for the Worcestershire side. We overcame the problems encountered against two teams recently in that we could not maintain the momentum of the morning session. Bill Thompson/Willie Kerr started the results with a well deserved half. Steve Carpenter/Bryan Swain and Peter Adams/Philip White played tidy consistent golf and came through with victories of 5 and 3 and 5 and 4 respectively. Grenville Rose/Laurence Hawker were well matched and finally came through with a halved match. John Swann/Ricky Chima played good par golf but that was not good enough against an in form Northants pair. Three birdies in four holes sealed there fate and the match finished 5 to 3 for Northants. Northants needed a win in the last game to secure a halved match overall but Worcestershire’s pairing of Mike O’Donnell/Lesley Stallard came in with a 4 and 3 win.

 

My thanks go to Gaudet Luce for their hospitality and willingness to please. The course continues to improve and all players were impressed with the standard of presentation. A special mention must go to the Club for their areas of conservation. They have planted a few areas with the most delightful wild flowers, which were stunning and attracted all sorts of wild life. I did see a number of players taking photos of these areas to take back to their Clubs. The cost of planting these areas are commercially viable as there is no need for any maintenance once they have been planted. They also expect that the seeds will be self generated after 3 years of planting.

 

John Swann

Senior Captain 2013