2017 Match Reports

WC&AGS vs Lansdown Golf Club Ladies
We had problems with The Lady Taverners match, communications between their players and a confusion over the date (their confusion not ours) resulted in a cancelled event. Chris W has agreed to organise next year!

The match v Lansdown was successful, in spite of rain early on, it cleared and off we went. Numbers were down, but we had three pairs and Pam C played a singles match with the Lansdown Captain of the Day. Thanks to all WCAGS members who turned out. We won quite comfortably, 3-1, and retained the Centenary Plate.

Pam receives the Lansdown Trophy

Pam receives the Lansdown Trophy

Good weather, well not bright warm sunshine, but no rain. Problems with numbers gave me a headache…however, we called on some Lansdown ladies who had been members of our Society previously, Guin Slade and Trish Ritchie with another Lansdown Past Lady captain filling in. As usual the MCC brought out some big guns, but with the format, 18 holes better ball Stableford, with the Lads playing off the white blocks and their card, while we played off the Ladies card results in a much fairer format. Unfortunately we lost 3-2, BUT if we had gone over overall points we would have WON!!!

Excellent post match meal. It was sad to hear that Alan Shine, the one-armed bandit of past matches, had died whilst on holiday. Alan had organised these matches for many years and was always full of fun and some dubious jokes!! It is important we keep these matches going, I know that Lords are very keen, as this fixture with the Chaps is the longest standing fixture in the history of the MCC Golf Society. The present organiser, Brian Thompson, has said there is no objection to this fixture being moved, but would hope to keep it in the South West/South East.

The Trophy is held in the trophy cabinet at Lansdown under lock and key.

My thanks to all WCAGS members who played, it is a drag to come down for just one match, but hopefully we can maintain playing these two matches. Jo in fact, got up at the crack of dawn and drove several thousand miles there and back to play against the Lansdown Ladies..dedication or what?!

Dates brought forward due to course maintenance, this involves hollow tyning!! Bath Race Days! And there is a pretty congested fixture list. Dates booked are August 28th v Lansdown Ladies and the 29th v The MCC.



2016 Match Reports

WCA&GS v Lady Taverners – June 10
This match was held at the Sunningdale Ladies Course in Surrey. To put it politely the Lady Taverners are a bunch of bandits. All teams scored par or more! However, our first couple, Val and Ruth, lost by 36 points to 43, (FORTY THREE). Pyl and Shirley scored 40 points and lost to 47, (FORTY SEVEN). Jo and Francis Pope (a guest player from Lansdown) halved their match scoring 39 points apiece!

WCA&GS v Lansdown Ladies – September 20
This is the warm up game ready for the big-one against the MCC. It gives our players a chance to learn the course and prepare accordingly i.e. have a few beers. The format involved 6 holes of singles stableford, 6 holes of foursomes and 6 holes of Greensomes. Unfortunately, the opening holes were marred by the fresh application of fertilizer on wet greens making putting impossible and everything coming into contact with the ball turning blue. Playing today were Coral, Anne, Ruth, Pyl, Jackie, Gill, Pip, and Pam and the WCA&GS recorded a victory by 3 and a half matches to 1 and a half. Norma came along to support and over drinks recounted the story when on England duty the sleeves of her nightie had been sewn up – somehow can’t see that happening to Andrew Strauss.

WCA&GS v SW MCC– September 21
This was a very hard fought match against the MCC who loaded their team with some very good (low) handicappers! They were out for revenge from last year, but as always rising to a challenge the WCA&GS played their socks off and tied the match, with four games being decided on the 18th green. Playing were Clare, Ruth, Anne, Jacki, Pip, Gill, Pyl, plus guests from Lansdown ladies. A splendid carvery was devoured after the match, followed by jokes and speeches. Pip keeping us on tenterhooks with hers. These matches are fun so please look out for the sign-up sheets at Ullesthorpe.

Autumn 2015 Matches Report

Friday 12th June saw WCAGS at Sunningdale for their match against the Lady Taverners. Unfortunately, the WCAGS lost.

Lady Taverners trophy

Founder Member Norma Izard (who donated the Trophy) with Marion Buckle on behalf of the Lady Taverners

Two matches played and success in both! Tuesday 22nd September we played the Lansdown Ladies, four pairs per side and ran out winners by 4 matches to nil! Played in good weather after a bit of a squally start. Good to catch up with Jackie Court, Gill Smith and Stocky, who wangled a day off work!!

Some brilliant scores, especially from Coral and Pyl – racked up 48 stableford points between them scoring a superb 26 points on the back nine. Match played in very good spirit and Norma was welcomed into the after match chat and drinkette!
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Autumn 2014 Matches Report

WCAGS v Lady Taverners – 13th June, Sunningdale Ladies’ Golf Club

On a VERY hot day in June, eight WCAGS gals converged on Sunningdale Ladies’ Golf Club to challenge The Lady Taverners in our return match. The format was four ball better ball Stableford. Pride was at stake, as we had been well beaten last year and we needed to redress the balance. Chris was Captain of The Day fo4 us and she marshaled her troops in readiness for the battle.

So, our team of me, Chris, June Edney, Pyl, Shirley Moore, Susie Garner, Ruth Bailey and Pauline Weekes, sailed forth into the Surrey undergrowth (lots of tees and gorse) with a warning to watch out for adders on the eighth!! For those who have not played Sunningdale, this is mainly a par three course, but this is not to be sniffed at as a 213 yard par three is a challenge for any lady golfer. The Patron of Sunningdale is Prince Andrew, but alas he did not arrive to present the trophy – probably because there isn’t one!
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