It was a glorious day when the GGU U14 County team arrived at the Isle of Wedmore GC in Somerset for their 1st friendly match and I am pleased to be able to report that the weather stayed with us all day for what turned out to be an excellent day’s golf.
All the boys soon disappeared to the newly opened driving range to loosen up ahead of the match whilst the two squad managers exchanged teams over a coffee and then sorted out the various refreshments that would be needed during the day.
Unfortunately the boys didn’t get off to the best of starts narrowly losing the foursomes matches 3 v 2. Whilst the singles matches are played in strict handicap order, the Squad manager has the opportunity to mix the foursomes pairings up a bit and settled on a combination of “high & low” to give the boys with the least experience the opportunity of playing with the more regular squad members. This policy very nearly worked but as can be seen from the results we just came up short!
We got off to a great start in the afternoon singles with Harry Griffiths winning the top match 3&2 but sadly, we then proceeded to lose the next six singles matches putting the match beyond our reach. There were two further wins for Ethan Holway & Mitch O’Brien later in the field but overall we lost the match 10 v 5.
That said, there was some excellent golf played by everyone during the day but Somerset were just too strong for us on this occasion. We have a young squad at this age group and they will only get better so all bodes well for the future.
Once again, all the boys looked the part in their county colours and the camaraderie within the team was evident for all to see. A special thanks must go to Harry Griffiths who was Captain on the day and gave the speech after the meal.
All the boys and squad manager, Ian James, would like to thank Geoff Collard and all the Somerset boys for playing the game in the right spirit, and the Isle of Wedmore GC for hosting the match at their course. The course was presented in very good condition and proved a stern test off the white tees so thanks to all the green staff for all their efforts.
The boys were suitably replenished with pasta & garlic bread at lunchtime and with sandwiches & chips in the evening to allow for an early getaway so our thanks also go to the caterers for providing this.
A final thanks to all the parents for making sure all the boys arrived in good time and more importantly, picking them up promptly afterwards. Without your support and commitment these matches just wouldn’t happen.
Our next match is this coming Tuesday 1st August at Thornbury GC v Wiltshire (our only home match this summer) so lets hope we get back into winning ways in this fixture! As ever, all supporters are more than welcome to come along so we hope to see you there.
U14 Team Manager