Kilworth Springs v SDP Stags March 18th 2024

Stags Noticeboard : Kilworth Springs v SDP Stags March 18th 2024

The opening match in the Stags 2024/25 season started with an away fixture against Kilworth Springs. Kilworth Springs were obviously eager to start their season as they asked us to provide eight instead of the normal six pairs for the match. I think this is the furthest that we travel north and east in either the winter or summer seasons and Kilworth don't play any other teams that we normally play in winter or summer.
 
I arrived expecting a perfectly dry course from all the reports I had heard beforehand; in practice it was still quite muddy in many areas, but it was good to end up with my shoes more or less the same colour as they started after playing eighteen holes.
 
The course was in good condition, the greens were fast and true. The fairways were nice to play from, when you were on them, although in some places it was difficult to determine where the edge of the fairway should be, which made life a little difficult as placing was only allowed on the fairways. The weather was dry and even sunny at one point.
 
Our match was played in good spirits, with only one rules dispute - a ball had landed outside of a bunker marked as GUR but inside of the rope surrounding the bunker. Actually the dispute was between different members of Kilworth Springs as the two Stags just kept out of it and let them decide what they should be doing.
 
The Kilworth captain was keen to try out a new scoring system - a point for each hole won in each match, plus a bonus point for winning the match overall. This was meant to encourage people to play all the way to the last putt on the eighteenth hole. As the results started to come in the score board started looking more like one from the Eurovision song contest than a Ryder Cup match.
 
Eventually Kilworth Springs ended up with 39 points but Stoneleigh triumphed with 55 points. Under the usual scoring system Stoneleigh won by six and a half to one and a half, winning six matches, drawing one and losing one.
 
David S and Rohit won 1 up, Martin and Mick drew, Richard and Roy won by 6 & 5, Keith and Nigel won 1 up, David G and Jim won by 2 & 1, Michael and Robin C won 1 up, Peter and Ron won by 3 & 2 and finally Robin W and Phil lost by 3 & 2.
 
Apologies if any of these scores aren’t quite right, as re-interpreting the normal scores from the Eurovision scoring system isn't quite as reliable as I thought it might be.
 
The team on the day were David Spillane, Rohit Shah, Martin Darbey, Mick Lloyd, Richard Parham, Roy Walker, Keith James, Nigel Palmer, David Gibbs, Jim Jobson, Michael Quinn, Robin Cathcart, Peter Miller, Ron McNally, Robin Whitehouse and Phil Youett, with Bill Griffin as the unused reserve.
 
Many thanks to everybody for their support for this match, I think everyone would agree that we had a very enjoyable day. Next we have one match at home in April against Stratford Park and then the season gathers pace in May with home matches against the Warwickshire and Hearsall and an away match in Shirley, plus, of course, the match with Stoneleigh ladies on the 2nd of May.
 
Please do think about playing in these matches, even if you haven’t played in a match before. It’s a great way to play golf in a (semi) competitive environment and a good chance to meet other players and, in away matches, to visit other courses.
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