The 3rd GGU U14 County team match of the year was played at BrynHill GC (near Barry Island!) and everyone turned up in good time in anticipation of a great days golf. The practice facilities were a little limited so the boys spent a good deal of time limbering up on the putting green before the morning foursomes commenced at 10am. From the scoresheet below you will see that it was not the best of days for the boys as the team lost the morning foursomes 5 v 0 and the afternoon singles 10 v 0, resulting in a whitewash defeat of 15 v 0.
Nevertheless the boys remained upbeat all day and there was even talk of an 8 v 2 win in the afternoon singles - not sure what was in the orange/blackcurrant squash that they were drinking with their lunch but whatever it was, it didn’t do the trick!
Having observed all day, the boys played some great golf but they were just up against much stronger opposition on the day evidenced by the fact that 7 of the Glamorgan team will be lost to the U16s next year as against our 1.
There were 3 young debutants in our team (Lewis Stalley and Jamie & Dan Berry) and the age of the team bodes very well for the future as they will all improve over time and I just had to keep reminding them of that.
Despite the heavy defeat, the camaraderie within the team was again excellent with all the boys supporting and encouraging each other to the end.
Thankfully, despite the forecast, the weather was very kind all day and despite it being a bit blowy, the sun came out and the grey clouds only descended in the late afternoon All the boys and squad manager, Ian James, would also like to thank Roger Chaffey and all the Glamorgan boys for playing the game in the right spirit and BrynHill GC for hosting the match at their course.
The course was presented in very good condition on the day so thanks go to all the Green staff for that and also thanks to the Catering staff for looking after the team so well and making sure all the boys were suitably replenished on the day with sandwiches & chips at lunchtime followed by Chicken gougons, beans & chips in the evening followed by an array of puddings..
A special thanks also to Lewis Ault who captained the side on the day and gave the speech after the meal.
As always, a final thanks to all the parents for making sure the boys arrived in good time and just as importantly, for picking them all up afterwards! The final GGU U14 match of the year is at Bewdle Pines v Worcestershire next Thursday (24th August) and lets all hope we win our first match of the season.
U14 Team Manager