Warwickshire Golf


Our latest outing saw the County host Nottinghamshire in a friendly match played at The Welcombe just outside Stratford-upon-Avon.The day began with heavy showers but for the most part, the day then remained dry but very blustery. After our win in our last match against Cambridgeshire it was important to keep the momentum against a county who are always tough to beat. Although Nottinghamshire were not at full strength as they rightly had half an eye on their upcoming match against Lincolnshire later this week at Woodhall Spa, where a win there will see them win the East Midlands League title, a win is a win and I am much the happier for it.
The morning greensomes matches saw every match unusually go to the last hole with Warwickshire coming out on top sufficiently to have a handy lead at lunch by 4 points to 2. The first match in the afternoon saw Nottinghamshire level the match score, with two points being awarded for an afternoon win, but the following three matches were won by the home side to see them safely over the winning line.
The matches were played in an excellent spirit and my thanks to Nottinghamshire for leaving their beds a little sooner than normal for the earlier start time. As always there was some lively banter between the two sides over the dining table and my thanks to Nottingham Captain Neil Martin and his team for their well wishes ahead of our excursion to Northumberland for the County Finals in October. With both our sides in with a chance of winning our respective leagues over the coming weeks, and then a prospective play off between the league winners, we may not yet have seen the last of Nottinghamshire for 2017. 
I would like to thank The Welcombe Golf Club for their hospitality during the day and to the green staff for the quality of the course. My thanks also to my team, with every pairing contributing something to the scorecard not for the first time this year, and in winning a match that gives Warwickshire their first win against our East Midlands opponents for four years. Our next match is the rearranged friendly match against Leicestershire later this month, before a match versus the Warwickshire Lady Veterans at Olton just 24 hours later.
Mark Reynolds
Senior Captain

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