Annodata A Round 2 - Ferndown vs Highcliffe

Hard Match

After brushing aside Romsey 5-0 in the first round, Highcliffe were handed the toughest of draws away to Ferndown in round 2 on Friday afternoon (28th June 2019).

Their course was in fantastic shape and the greens were ‘like carpets’ according to the five players selected to play; Rob Govier, Kieth Boulter, Carlo Russell, Pete Eyre and Tony Smith. Ferndown were hot favourites at home, nevertheless all players set out with the intention of causing an upset.

I am delighted to tell you that their Captain told me directly that we pushed them hard, but were not able to prevail losing 3 1/2 - 1 1/2. In the end their ability to get up and down in difficult circumstances, and playing unfamiliar ‘lightning’ greens was the difference. Also, having watched all the Opponent tee shots on the first, I can honestly say I’ve just witnessed the best 12 handicapper I’ve ever seen!

A special mention must go to Rob Govier who secured a half on 18 after being 1 down on the tee, despite carrying an injury. Also last out was Tony Smith against an old HCGC Member Jo Swaine playing off +1. Tony ‘got into his ribs’ from the off and duly recorded a 3 and 2 victory! The full results were;

Rob Govier - Halved
Keith Boulter - Lost by one hole
Carlo Russell - Lost 4&3
Pete Eyre - Lost 4&3
Tony Smith - Won 3&2

I must say it has been a pleasure to Captain this team over the two rounds. Every player has given me everything they have and proved that Highcliffe Castle is a difficult fixture home or away. Onwards and upwards!


Gary Aimson

HCGC Annodata B vs Ryde Golf Club

Five go to the Isle Wight

The Annodata B team played their match away to Ryde Golf Club on Sunday 05th May.

An early start and with two cars loaded with clubs and the cream of Club we started our epic journey to play one of the toughest away fixtures on the circuit. Southampton Marathon avoided, all aboard the 10:00 cruise from Southampton and 1 hour later our Isle of Wight ‘virgin’ was on foreign soil.

First off Simon Watson, says he’s a ‘Postman!’. Solid down the first and only ever travels with 4 golf balls because he never loses them! lost three balls on the front nine and had to borrow balls half way round because he only had one left. Still came up trumps though and delivered a winning start for the team. Won 2 and 1.

Second off Pat Bond, must have been a ‘hobbit’ in a past life, had first breakfast on the cruise ship and a second at Ryde. Battled hard in probably the best match of the day, up one minute, down the next with a difficult opportunity to close it out on the last. A draw.

Third off Adam Norris. We’re now moving in to the engine room of the team. Unfortunately, Adam found himself drawn against someone who liked to talk and apparently wouldn’t shut up all the way round. Lost 5 and 4.

Fourth off John Bentley. Won the first and continued hitting solid shot after shot from challenging lies. Unfortunately, as it turned out their strongest player also went off fourth and was in inspired form. Lost 6 and 5.

Last off Malcolm Smith. Off last against their lowest handicap who could hit the ball a country mile! Expectations were high that on this tight, entertaining course (Ryde’s words!) with lots of out of bounds Malcolm’s quality and experience would carry him through. Lady luck didn’t turn up. Lost 3 and 4.

Ryde Golf Club were very hospitable, however, after a long day and a disappointing result (3.5 -1.5) it was an early ferry home. The IOW must have more lycra clad cyclists than is healthy!

‘What goes on tour stays on tour’.

John Bentley

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