Both Seniors and Wagglers in action on Wednesday 23rd August
Wednesday 23rd August was a busy day at West Wilts GC with the Seniors at home to High Post and the Wagglers away to Bath Golf Club.
Having suffered a defeat away to High Post, the Seniors under their Captain Steve Adams, were in a defiant mood. The best result came from Steve Adams with playing partner Richard Triggol who carded an impressive 5 & 4 victory. Ken Pearce/David Simpson, Jack Winter/Roland Jones, Warren White/Les Lacey all held steady under fire to win by 3 & 2. Other winners by 2 & 1 were Lester Trowbridge/Eric Brown. They do say that playing at home is worth a six stroke advantage which certainly proved to be the case as the Seniors recorded a magnificent 5 to 1 overall match victory, well done to the local lads. With a tough week ahead against Wells away on Tuesday and South Wilts at home on Friday, Captain Steve Adams hopes the Seniors can keep up this fighting spirit.
Whilst the Seniors defended their honour at home, the Wagglers travelled across the county border to face Bath Nomads. As 2017 Vice Captain, Colin Fourmy was aware of the challenges ahead and fielded a strong team. Colin and Mike Jones were first out with the contest on even keel until the 14th hole where the opponent's ball lay in deep rough but he managed to hack out, hit a tree, ball bounced onto the green whereupon he sank a 25 footer to win the hole, now if that wasn't true you could never make it up. Mike's change to orange balls might have matched his socks but, sadly, had no impact on the game with our boys losing 4 & 3. Game 2 saw Darren Munro partnered with Martin Hicks-Lobbecke, the latter being first reserve called up at the eleventh hour. An excellent combination of youth and senility, we were up 4 at the turn and went on to win 5 & 3. Without the author wishing to blow his own trumpet, he had a total of 6 pars which had the opposition muttering the word bandit off 19 handicap. Darren's length off the tee was a marvel to behold and reduced the opposition to mere onlookers. Game 3 rolled out Chris Trimby with David Harris against the Nomads Captain and one Adrian Pryce, a former member of West Wilts GC. Level pegging for 10 holes they were suddenly 2 holes behind which proved impossible to claw back. Final result: Wagglers lost 4 & 3. Next up were John Agate with Ernie Hiscock who pulled all the stops out but lost on the 18th by 2. Last but no means least were Jason Greatley with Ossie Osbourne who recorded the closest encounter succumbing on the 18th Green to the Nomads. The overall match score was Bath Nomads 4, West Wilts Wagglers 1. We all enjoyed a splendid day out, played on superb greens with magnificent views over the Bath skyline. As tradition demands, we all sat down to a scrumptious meal with the odd glass of wine provided by the most convivial of hosts. Definitely one of those "good to be alive" days which was cherished by all those in the frame.
I thought it might be useful to dwell on the history of Bath GC for just a moment. Described as the No 2 Course in Somerset it also features in the Golf World's Top 200 Courses in the UK. Kingsdown GC was founded in 1880 but proved inconvenient for Bath residents to reach by train. In March 1883 Bath and Kingsdown Golf Clubs combined only to separate in February 1890, shortly before West Wilts GC was born in 1891. In October 1902 Harry Vardon played an exhibition match at Bath GC and scored a 66 against a par of 73. The Club made a profit of £3 12s 9d which might just buy you a couple of Marsbars today. Interesting to note that Harry Vardon played an exhibition match at West Wilts GC on 3rd April 1907 watched by some 1500 spectators. In 1920 Ladies became members of Bath GC for the first time. Sham Castle, a folly at the entrance to the Club, was built in 1762 at the behest of Ralph Allen, a local philanthropist and quarry owner, to promote the beauty of Bathstone. On a more contemporary note, Tom Watson once wrote, "My golf swing is a bit like ironing a shirt. You get one side smoothed out, turn it over and there is a big wrinkle on the other side. Then you iron that one out, turn it over and there is yet another wrinkle". Lee Trevino is reported to have said, "No-one who ever had lessons would have a swing like mine". That's about all for now except to mention that, "Swing Slow Like Dave" the latest must have golf instructional DVD by the renowned local left hander, Dave Dance, is now available in West Wilts GC Pro's Shop at a bargain price, reports Roger Lee. More of the same again next week, writes author Martin Hicks-Lobbecke