The Miners Lamp Shines Brightly At Forest Hills

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The Miners Lamp Shines Brightly At Forest Hills


Thursday 7th September 2017.
The result of the first leg was shrouded in a bit a mystery. Captain John wanted his team of 8 pairs to play out of their skin to ensure victory. Unfortunately, things do not always go as planned.
The Forest of Dean golf course had been set up well. More grass on the fairways than Forest Hills are used to, thicker grass to chip through just off the green and slightly slower but still true greens. No excuses and even the weather stayed clement except for a short shower.
Captain John Humphries and Bill Peffers started the match and soon found themselves 3 down. They were still 2 down at the turn with the home club playing their course well. True to form Forest Hills are never beaten until the last chance. On the 18th Captain John had a 11 1/2 inch [gimme] putt for a game saving half that he was asked to putt. GAME HALVED.
Ian Smart and Kevin Doyle were almost a pair of newbie’s to this course. Consequently, the match was very close and was played with competitive fun and appreciation for good shots. However, on the 16th Forest Hills went 2 up which was then followed by a half on the 17th. WIN 2 and 1.
Peter Dovey and Ken Ellway were the third team off the tee giving lots of shots but found themselves 1 up at the turn. They then turned the screw. The skills that Sue Bamford – the professional at Forest Hills – had instilled in this pairing took them to another gear. ‘Like gold top milk the cream came to the top.’ WIN 5 and 4.
Geoff Norris and Mike Steward. Geoff Norris wrote – ‘ Mike was a hero. Geoff played like a twonk!!! The Company was great, the golf was ‘playing catch up’. Two down for most of the round. All square after 16 – thanks Mike. Lost the last 2.’ LOST 2 DOWN.
Terry Osborne and Terry Hook. They did not enjoy their day at their former club! Neither of them played well but when the opposition were on song, with or without shots, it would not have made a difference. LOST 3/1
Barry Klein and Bob Gibson were paired together for a third successive victory. Quality putting ‘away from home’ secured the victory in a closely contested match. WIN 3 and 2.
Roger Preece and Dave Stuart had to work hard to keep in sight of their opposition. Great shots were complemented vocally but also through the air. Try as they might this Forest Hills pairing could not secure a victory. LOSS 2 DOWN.
Who knows what the final result was going to be and how important it could be?
Certainly Mike Nicholas and Phillip Gwynne had no idea. The only comments received about this game are that Phil played out of his skin and as soon as he could walk onto the green with his putter he could talk the ball into the hole.
WIN 4 and 3

The final score on the day was 4 1/2 to 3 1/2 FOREST HILLS.
So after great badinage and fantastic food Captain John thanked his team and led them to a victory photograph accompanied by our friendly rivals.
OVERALL WIN 10 …… 6!!!




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