AMOC v BDC Golf match

7 October 2016

Effingham Golf Club

The in-balance is for all to see!

The annual titanic contest of golf continued on an overcast dry and warmish day. The organisation was under the auspices of Roy Baker, BDC and John Glyde, AMOC. John was suffering and our sympathies go out to him as he battled with a painful attack of shingles. Indeed, he only managed nine holes of golf but, stoically remained for the post-match dinner and prize giving. The line up of cars reflected the usual numerical dominance of AMOC and was looking like a near whitewash until a late rally of Bentleys brought the final tally to something like five Bentleys, nine Astons and one Mercedes interloper. Equally the start list was dominated by AMOC members and once again AMOC secured the Interclub Trophy. The results show that it was a hard fought and close victory but a victory it was for the Aston people. The winning total for the top three participants from each team were, for AMOC, David Powell 34 stableford points, Ian Ellis 33 and Nigel Wilsopn-Dykes 32, AMOC total 99 points, with BDC Andrew Patterson 33, Bob Zannetti 32 and Peter Vernon-Kell 30 for a total of 97. Thus the inter club trophy went again to AMOC.

The winning Aston team

The Aston Martin people have won this award four times to Bentley's two! Consolation came from having the best individual score, Andrew Patterson with 35 and the Ladies best overall was Sarah Mortimer with Julie Paterson, the longest Ladies' drive, both from BDC. True the men's longest drive went to Richard Watson and Doug Carrington was nearest the pin. Both of these chaps are from from AMOC. Aston had one member in the prize list with a double barrel name, as did BDC so it was a draw, on that score!

Sarah Mortimer picks up the Ladies' Price from Roy Baker and John Glyde

For the record, the Effingham Golf Course was in fine condition. One of the features of the course is the greens. They are generously sized, medium fast and true. They have, however, some very tricky borrows that are hard to spot and a good number of us putted expecting it to come in from the right only to see go even further away. Elsewhere, the fairways were fair, bunkers were a test with white coral sand and the ‘rough’ was reasonably controlled. Notably our group of four each ended with the same ball we had started with! Thank you to Roy and John for the day.