West Wilts GC Seniors share the spoils with Bramshaw at home on Thursday, 4th May 2017
The annual match against Bramshaw GC is always difficult to call as the Seniors of West Wilts GC assessed the visiting team. Steve Adams, as Captain of The Seniors 2017, paints a picture of sweetness and light as both teams shared coffee and bacon sandwiches in the clubhouse before battle commenced. Those of us who have had the good fortune to play at Bramshaw in The New Forest with its 2 courses, will know that the indigenous ponies keep a watchful eye over all proceedings but are discouraged from venturing onto the greens. One might say that the lack of ponies at West Wilts GC is more than compensated for by the abundance of badgers. The outstanding home team result came from David Turner/John Tracey who recorded a 6 in 5 win, closely followed by Ivan Gower/David Johnson who won 3 in 2 and Mike Peacock/Stephen Brackley with a 2 in 1 victory. The WWGC Seniors lost the other three matches but by the narrowest of margins with two of them going to the 18th Hole! Reflecting the close bond between our two clubs, Bramshaw plans to send 36 players to the WWGC Seniors' Open on 13th July when there will be ample opportunity to renew lots of golfing friendships. As the headline suggests, the match ended with an amicable draw so no winners or losers!
As always, let's finish with an anecdote from the dramatic history of the game we know and love. There are records of various animals being injured or killed with golf balls. In 1994 a German farmer tried to sue his local golf club for murdering 30 cows when they died after swallowing 3,000 golf balls but the most unusual death occurred on "The Glorious 12th of August", the first day of the grouse hunting season, in 1975, when 11 year old Willie Fraser, at Kingussie Golf Club, Invernesshire, Scotland, killed a grouse with his first tee shot (writes Martin Hicks-Lobbecke)