Many a hard fought battle was played today in the annual Captain versus President Matchplay event. The game is played as a 2 Ball Better Ball in stableford format with two pairs pitting their golf prowess against each other. The better score in stableford points of each pair is matched against the better score of the opposing pair on each hole.
Which ever pair has the higher points wins the hole, the other pair loses the hole or if the scores are equal, the hole is squared. Each match is decided when one team has won more holes than they can be beaten by.
Captain, Sue Hunter and her able Vice Captain Jill Levi took to the course with confidence in their skills and matchplay experience against President Angela Boadle and Vice President Trish Austin who have both put in strong performances recently. It was hole for hole until the closing part of the game with Sue and Jill gaining the advantage with a win of 3 up with 2 holes to play.
The temperature on the course climbed steadily as the morning ticked by but with the eyes on the prize everyone pushed on, determined to gain the advantage to take the hole. The beautiful breeze off the river, and the shade of the large, majestic trees on the course were keenly sought.
A few of the matches were played to the death, neither team willing give in to the heat nor concede defeat to their opponent. However, there is always a point in a matchplay situation where the writing is on the wall and all is lost.
Despite a valiant and determined effort the Captain’s team were soundly defeated – one could say “flogged” – by the President’s side with a resounding 5 matches to 1 victory and two squared matches. Well done to the President’s side – definitely the better team today.
Sue Hunter and Jill Levi defeated Angela Boadle 3 and 2
Anne Newton and Sandra Rigney were defeated by Lyn Hatton and Val Wilson 1 up
Kirsten Themsen and Lorraine Frew squared with Di Pritchard and Donna Hewat
Rickie Gilligan and Michele Carey were defeated by Margaret Ford and Sandra England 1 up
Robyn Moore and Lyn Ashton were defeated by Cathy Ison and Linda Weatherill 2 up
Wendy Phillips and Jenny Brown were defeated by Jan Buttle and Jill Downie 2 up
Ellen Ryan and her Mystery player squared with Lyn Hatchman and her Mystery player
Nancye Massingham and her Mystery player were defeated by Joyce Wallace and Colleen Lymbery 2 up
Nearest to the Pins
4th Hole – Division 1 Cathy Ison; Division 2 Lyn Hatchman; Division 3 Ellen Ryan.
17th Hole – Division 1 Sandra England; Division 2 Val Wilson; Division 3 not awarded.
Next week 3rd December is the Medal of Medals which was postponed due to wet weather.