The annual G.L. Mellin Golf tournament at West Hill was yet again a most enjoyable 3 days of hard fought competition.
For the first time in 7 or so years a number of changes were made to the teams. Anthony Smith moved up from The G.L. Mellin Salver team, for those over 55 to The Peter Burles team, for those over 65. It is remarkable that Smithy has stayed in the G.L. Mellin team for so long given he qualifies for The Bunny Millard team , for those over 75! Peter Worth, by no means the oldest player in the G.L.Team also moved up leaving space for Julian Sterk and Allan Wright who played brilliantly throughout the competition including winning their match in the final. Having won the G.L.Mellin 5 times in the last 7 years we were sad to lose in the final. The Pollock brothers and James Shaw, partnered with one of our best ever Halford Hewitt player – William Painter – just failed to win their matches in the final. Is age catching up on us all? Cheltenham were worthy winners.
The photo below shows James Shaw holding the flag , whistle Will Painter lines up their next putt and their opponents putt out
Nothing much to write home about in the Peter Burles. We all played well to reach the semi-final but Anthony Smith and Michael Brabner, playing against probably the best pair in the competition, narrowly failed to win having taken their opponents to the 17th green. Below is a photo of Anthony Smith holding the flag and Michael Brabner looking on from the right at their opponents in the aforementioned match.
The other Shrewsbury pair had already won their match so extra holes were played to determine the winners. Who was to play in the play off? Much discussion was had and it was decided by the Captain, that Malcom McMullan and Peter Worth(Captain) should step in! Not a good decision in hind sight! Not much of a consolation but Felsted went on to win the Salver.
The Bunny Millard Salver featured two new pairings. Henry Rowe and new boy Richard Barber played well to qualify for the semi-final where they narrowly lost on the 19th hole failing to sink a very tricky 5 footer having seen their opponents putt out from over twice the distance. The Photo below shows Richard in White looking at his putt with Henry in Red trousers offering some advice about the line on the 19th Green
Robert Lanyon, a previous winner with John Smith in 2013, teamed up with Tim Lewis, recently retired Hon Sec of the OSGS, narrowly failing to qualify for the semi-finals finishing in 6th place.
Our grateful thanks go to Peter Worth, Captain of the 3 Teams for all his organisation and efforts at getting everyone in the right place at the right timed organising accommodation and the Dinner on the Friday evening.. We had some glorious weather and the below photograph shows L to R: Peter McMullan, Allan Wright, Charles Hill, Will Painter, James Shaw, Peter Worth (Capt), Julian Sterk, Anthony Smith & Michael Brabner.