The GGU U14 team gathered at Thornbury Golf Club for their second friendly inter-county match of the season which was against Wiltshire and arrived in bright sunshine, which thankfully, was to stay with us for most of the day despite showers being forecasted. Not for the first time, the forecasters got it wrong and we managed to stay dry!
Despite the loss to Somerset the week before the boys were in good spirits and took themselves off to the practice ground to loosen up whilst the Squad manager went through the tricky process of selecting the foursomes pairings for the morning matches.
Thankfully Dan Ballard stepped in for the afternoon matches so we had a full complement of 10 for those. As for the afternoon matches, the Counties decided on a different format playing 4BBB rather than individual singles, a decision necessitated by the fact that there was a seniors 4BBB match going off from 12 til 12.48 and our first tee time was 12.56, so rather than have the boys waiting on every shot we changed the format to a more “Ryder Cup” type format.
We stayed with the boys going out in handicap order in the fourballs and it all worked out well with the boys finishing pretty much as expected and in time for food at 5.30!
So now onto the golf…..a link to the results sheet is below and whilst you will see that there were some tight matches in the morning, that wasn’t the case in the afternoon.
We lost the morning foursomes 3.5 v 1.5 and the afternoon Fourballs 3 v 2, so losing the match 6.5 v 3.5 overall. Wiltshire did have a strong side out against us and we had a very young squad playing on the day so all still bodes very well for the future.
As seems to be the case now, all the boys played the game in the right spirit and there was a particular ruling that went against one of our teams that incurred a penalty shot that will hopefully not be repeated again by any of this team!
All the boys and myself would also like to thank Nicky Cameron for organising the Wiltshire team on the day, and also Thornbury GC for allowing us to host this match at their course.
Other than the pressure on tee times, the day was very well organised with the course being presented in good condition and it was certainly a very good challenge off the white tees in blowy conditions.
The usual golf club fare of Sandwiches and chips for lunch and Sausage, Egg & Chips for tea (+Apple Pie!!) went down very well and our thanks go to the caterers for providing this.
A final thanks from me to all the parents for making sure all the boys arrived in good time and for picking them all up promptly afterwards!
All in all, not a great start to the season. but let’s hope for our first win of the season on the 16th August when we travel to Barry for our next friendly match against Glamorgan.
Under 14 Squad Manager