Wagglers and Seniors record a busy week of matches at the West Wilts GC
It's been a busy week at West Wilts GC with the Seniors on Tuesday 18th April taking on Ashley Wood Golf Club at home in the First Round of the Knighton Heath Trophy followed by another home match on Wednesday 19th April against Wells Golf Club. A hectic week of fixtures was concluded on Saturday 22nd April with a home game for The Wagglers against their old rivals, Tidworth Golf Club. Separate match results may be found below.
Seniors - Tuesday 18th April v Ashley Wood/First Round of Knighton Heath Trophy Played under almost perfect weather conditions apart from a cold North Easterly breeze, a strong team of Seniors under Captain for the day Peter Walton took on a very confident team from Ashley Wood and recorded a creditable 6 to 4 victory. The match winners were Peter Walton/John Brickell who both won their matches 6 in 5 and Roger Lee/Dave Turner who also won both their matches 5 in 4. Also worthy of mention was Peter Laidlaw who won 3 in 2 and Jeff Gardner who won by 1. This admirable result means that the Seniors WWGC now proceed in fine fettle to the Second Round of The Knighton Heath Trophy.
Seniors - Wednesday 19th April v Wells Again, the weather Gods were in our favour as the Seniors hosted a strong team from Wells. There ensued a closely fought contest with Wells winning by the narrowest of margins, 3.5 to 2.5. Winning combinations were Roly Jones/John Nash by 5 in 3, Stephen Adams, Captain of The Seniors and Richard Triggol fought back brilliantly to win on the 18th. David Thackaberry/Eric Brown were 2 down walking off the 16th green but managed to record a draw. In conclusion, it reflects on the current strength in depth of the Seniors that full teams were fielded against robust opposition on consecutive days.
Wagglers - Saturday 22nd April v Tidworth Captain of The Wagglers, Jeff Jones, was mindful of having lost his last 2 home games as he named his team for this local Derby. Four past Captains of the Wagglers were selected to give you some idea of the importance attached to this high profile match. It's worth mentioning that the Wagglers defeated Tidworth 4 to 1 at home on 25th March 2017 so the visitors were most definitely out to seek revenge. As a member of the team, it gives me great pleasure to record a 3.5 to 1.5 victory for the Wagglers. This is the first time in living memory that the Wagglers have recorded the double against Tidworth, so huge congratulations to all team members. Jim Dufosee was, again, in incredible form to card a net 64 and it cannot be long before his performance reaches the radar screen of The Handicap Committee. Other results were halves to Jeff Jones/Tom Smith, Martin Hicks-Lobbecke/Harry Hassall and Dieter Wakeling/Dave Dance. Jim Glass/Ossie Osborne won 1 up and Colin Fourmy/Jim Dufosee stormed home with a 3 in 2 win.
It would be remiss of me not to conclude with a piece of golfing history so who knows the answer to the question,"Who was the only player to win The US PGA standing on a chair?" Read on to find out. In the 1972 US PGA Championship at Oakland Hills Country Club, Michigan, USA, Gary Player hit a bogey on both the 14th and 15th holes and then sliced his tee shot on the 16th. Things were going from bad to worse when he was unable to see the flag on the green. Ever inventive, Gary borrowed a chair from a spectator and stood on it to play his approach shot. With a 9 iron the Black Knight struck his ball, seeing it barely clear trees and a lake before it dropped to within 4 feet of the hole. He holed for a birdie and went on to win his second US PGA title over Tommy Aaron and Jim Jamieson (writes Martin Hicks-Lobbecke)
Photos: Stunning views from 8th & 13th Tees in match Wagglers versus Tidworth Saturday, 22nd April 2017
Photo: “Tidworth captain Frank Ham looks on with a large merlot as Martin Hicks-Lobeckke and Harry Hassall putt out on the 18th for an honourable half.”