The teams assembled in the lounge at Blackwell Golf Club for early morning bacon rolls with heavy rain making for hazardous driving conditions on the roads. The conditions for driving off the 1st tee were no better as puddles of water appeared on the 9th & 18th greens. After consulting numerous weather apps, the prospects for any golf looked bleak. The alternative was to spend the morning in the bar watching the Rugby World Cup in Japan.
As the rain eased, common sense prevailed after an ingenious solution to our predicament was proposed by Harry Lewis. The format for the day’s golf was amended as the Captains agreed to play fourball eightsome matches in the wet over 9 holes to be followed by foursomes matches in the afternoon. Malvern adapted better to the fourball eightsomes format and went into lunch with a one point lead.
The Malvernian Golfing Society has experienced a remarkable season. In addition to winning the Halford Hewitt and the Darwin, Malvern were losing finalists in the Grafton Morrish. To cap it all, Clive Edginton (an Old Malvernian) was elected Captain of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews.
Shrewsbury graciously acknowledged these achievements over lunch but after a little too much chirping from Malvern, the Salopians were determined to play well in the afternoon foursomes.
Before play commenced, the inappropriately dressed Harry Lewis was requested to undertake the Kümmel run (Note to Hon. Sec. – opportunity for a sale of an OSGS tie!).
Playing top, James Skelton and David Blofield performed brilliantly to beat Malvern’s strong 1st pair on the 18th and wipe out the morning’s deficit with Skelly holing an 8 foot putt to clinch victory. Our 2nd pair of Angus Pollock and his nephew James demolished the opposition and registered a win out in the country. Harry Lewis and Chris Bullock had a great tussle against two wily bandits and held their nerve coming down the stretch to register another win. Shrewsbury victorious in all of the first three matches and the Tony Duerr Tankard retained.
Rob Ainscow, on debut, playing with the experienced Jonathon Mawdsley were giving too many shots to the final Malvern pairing and lost a close encounter. This was the final match out on the course after a good lunch and the players returned to the Clubhouse in near darkness after the trophy had been presented to the Shrewsbury Captain and all other golfers had left the bar!
A wonderful day of competitive golf played over a magnificent course that drained superbly after the deluge of rain. Malvern may have won the Hewitt and the Darwin but the prestigious Tony Duerr Tankard remains with Shrewsbury winning the Match 3-2!
Angus Pollock being congratulated by the Malvern Captain, Craig Sharp, as Shrewsbury Retain The Duerr Tankard.
This Fixture will be played on Sunday 11 October 2020 at Blackwell next year – a date for your diary?
My thanks to Angus Pollock, Match Manager, for this report and his leadership of the OSGS at this Fixture.
Charles Hill, Hon Sec.