Inter Club Match v Rushmere - Gainsborough - 24th July 2019




Inter Club Match v Rushmere - Gainsborough - 24th July 2019


STOKE BY NAYLAND          7        RUSHMERE          0


The match was played on the Gainsborough course in punishingly hot conditions in one of the hottest spells experienced in the UK. Nevertheless all players from both teams returned to the clubhouse in 
good health and in good spirits. The conditions probably favoured the home team who took full advantage winning all seven games played.

The talk in the bar was of Adrian Cherry's gross 78, only 12 shots better than his handicap. Well played Adrian, a fabulous round which included two birdies. Clearly a player to watch, although there were 
some murmurings from some of Adrian's less generous colleagues about handicap adjustment.

The first match saw the Stoke captain Ian Bickers and Eric Fisher take on the Rushmere captain Roger Tarrant and Colin Bennett. Eric played with a bright red ball, always the showman but he could have been 
disorientated by leaving his trolley battery at home.  I asked our captain for any funny stories and he replied in his self deprecating manner "Well my golf is always a joke and full of stories". It was a 
tight match and Roger applied some pressure on the ninth hole with a towering iron shot to a few feet and duly rolled in the birdie putt. The Stoke players did not wilt and helped by a closing run of pars by Ian prevailed 3 and 1.

Myself and Terry Mitchell played Gordon Wakefied and Godfrey Howe, winning 5 and 4 in a game with plenty of good golf from both pairs. We enjoyed the rub of the green and Terry was the star of our team, at 
least that is what he told me.

In the third match Dave Austin and Neil Ashwell put in the pair performance of the day beating Brian Page and Keith Howe 8 and 7. Yes I othought such a result by the home pair was a little rude. Apparently 
Dave played very well but this has not been independently verified.

In the fourth match Bob Filer and Gordon Bryan took on Tony Maguire and Mick Yates. Bob was dressed conservatively by his standards with shorts just one shade off salmon pink. No doubt the shorts distracted the Rushmere players and the home pair won 3 and 2.

The fifth match saw Adrian Cherry and Dick Lumsden play Brian Trett and I Peter Walters. Dick watched in awe as Adrian produced his stunning round in what could be one of his last games as an amateur. The Rusmere pair did well to hold their losing margin to 6 and 5.

John Williams and Ray Ludlam beat Trevor Stiff and Dave Clark 3 and 2 in the sixth game. John and Ray dovetailed well in the match which was played in a very convivial spirit.

In the last match Tony Denmead and Brian Castle prevailed against Sid Wales and Nigel Grant 4 and 3. This was despite Tony playing from under an umbrella. The home pair got off to a flying start reaching 6 holes up but were pegged back by the Rushmere pair before closing the match at the 15th hole.

Tony Denmead was nearest the pin for Stoke and Nigel Grant for Rushmere. The teams enjoyed a relaxing meal together and the opportunity to cool down from the baking sun.


Many thanks to Andy Higginson for his report of the fun and games against a Rushmere. Thanks Andy.



          1. Ian Bickers - Captain

Eric Fisher                             

          2. Andy Higginson - Reporter

Terry Mitchell

          3. Dave Austin

Neil Ashwell

          4. Bob Filer

Gordon Bryan

          5. Adrian Cherry

Dick Lumsden

          6. John Williams

Ray Ludlham

          7. Tony Denmead

Brian Castle




This was a 14 player per team match.