West Wilts Wagglers come a close second in a hard-fought battle against Bath Nomads
Under the inspirational leadership of their 2017 Captain, Jeff Jones, you might be forgiven for thinking that a home match against Bath Nomads would be a stroll in the park but read on for the whole story.
After their victory in the Club's domestic Six Way Match on Sunday 2nd April, The Wagglers had an aura of invincibility about them with home advantage as they met Bath Nomads last Wednesday 5th April. In time-honoured tradition, Team Captains were the first to tee off for a hard fought battle which finished with Nomads' Captain Trevor John carding a birdie 3, almost an eagle 2, on the 18th Green for a one-hole up individual match victory. The roar from the almost three thousand spectators in tiered seats around the clubhouse patio was heard as far away as Salisbury. Although Colin Fourmy, Ken Bailie, Cliff Weeks and Jim Glass played magnificently to win their matches, it was not quite enough to avoid a 2 to 3 match defeat for The Wagglers. The full result was as follows:
Jeff Jones, Captain, and Ernie Hiscock - Lost 1 down
Pete Arkle and Anton Newton: Lost 2&1
Colin Fourmy and Ken Bailie: Won 4&2
Cliff Weeks and Jim Glass: Won 2&1
Kim Harrild and Mike Jones: Lost 3&2
With The US Masters 2017 reaching its thrilling climax, I could not resist a moment to reflect on the history of this great golfing occasion. The first Masters was on Thursday 22nd March 1934 at Augusta National Golf club, 2604 Washington Road, Augusta, Georgia, USA. The tournament was not initially called The Masters because founder Bobby Jones thought it too presumptuous. The first US Masters was won on 25th March 1934 by Horton Smith of the USA by one shot over his fellow countryman, Craig Woods. The first 18 hole play off took place in 1942. The course was designed by Bobby Jones and English born Alister MacKenzie.
To bring us right up to date, I rather liked a comment on The Masters from The Sunday Telegraph, Sunday 9th April 2017, which maybe describes all armchair golfers: Bubba Watson took aim at a floundering journalist after missing the cut on Friday, "Golf is tough; I don't know if you've ever played it, but writing articles is easy - Oooph!!"