Inter Club Match v Brett Vale - Gainsborough - 29th May 2019


Inter Club Match v Brett Vale - Gainsborough - 29th May 2019



Stoke By Nayland    4½  Brett Vale     3½


A cool but dry morning greeted the lads with captain Ian hoping to reverse his only defeat of the season early in the campaign to this Wednesday’s opposition Brett Vale.

Didn’t start of too well for our captain as after telling us all which course we were playing, where lunch would be etc etc, realised the room went quiet. The silence was broken when ‘prod man’ as Ian called Jaysie, asked what the teams were! Was that a bit late for our captain’s first ‘senior/craft’ moment or just his usual time?

Anyway with PJ, he set off and they soon went into a 2 hole lead so the signs were looking good for a victory.  However BV captain Neville and his partner David had other ideas. So after a few holes it was back to all square and became the old preferable ‘nip and tuck’ game. Ian obviously likes the 10th fairway as he hit is again from the 17th tee and proceeded to try and hit over the trees onto Neville’s head. Needless to say he failed miserably on both counts and the match ended all square.

Alan and Mal were next out against John and Danny who went into an early 2 hole lead. However they ground their opponents down with ‘chipper’ Line with some deft touches around the green and Mal’s putting turned the game around and went into the back nine 1 up. Unfortunately lost the 10th and thereafter until the 16th the game remained all square. The boys were denied a win on the 15th when John putted in from 25ft for a halve. With a rather deflated Alan and Mal, John and Danny won the 16th and with Mal missing a Dennis Wise putt (ie a nasty 5 footer) for a halve on the 17th the match was over the and the boys going down by 2 holes.

Next on the tee was the effervescent John King and the man of the moment Malcolm Horton. Malcolm’s (good name that) form continued from his 44 pts scored on Saturday (with 2 blobs he was proud to mention) and with him gross paring the 2nd , 3rd, 4th & 5th they stormed into a 4 shot lead. However the foot came off the peddle after finding themselves dormy 7, but went onto win 5&3. Malcolm commented to me afterwards that it was a real joy to play with John.

The next match between Alan and Paul and their opponents Chris and Bob turned out to be a close fought encounter with no more than one shot in it. However when our lads found themselves 1 down with 4 to play, they decided to get nasty and punished the lads from Brett with 2 gross birdies and a par and went out winners 2 & 1.

The next 4 matches started from the 6th, the first being Roger and Ray taking on Keith and Alan. After being 3 up at the turn the lads from B V found their game and levelled it up after 14. With one of their opponents sinking a 30 foot putt (Roger thinks it was nearer to 25, but who cares!!) on the 3rd our boys held on in there before Ray nailing a sandy par on the 5th for the match.

John and Terry were next up to challenge Maurice and Peter. Again a very close encounter but our boys slowly crafted themselves into a 3 hole lead with 4 to play. Terry mentioning and seemed quite proud that he pared the 3rd......who doesn’t.  Anyway it got a bit squeaky bum time for our boys over the next few holes as Maurice and Peter wouldn’t lie down, but eventually class showed and our boys registered a fine win by 2 holes.

Buggy men Bob and Dave (the Wyllie old fox) then took up the challenge of Andrew and Tony. Dave told me he brought along his clubs, but forgot to include a golfer. So for most of the round he chauffeured Bob around giving him advice on how to play this shot and which club to use! Obviously it worked to a degree as Andrew and Tony told me, Bob having a good game going round in 4 under gross. Unfortunately the B V boys did a little better and went out winners 3 & 1.

The final match between the 2 Dave’s ie Austin and Lumsden and Mark and Stephen was a close fought match with the B V lads never quite in the lead. With 5 holes to play it was all square, but then the D’s put their foot down and went out winners 3 & 1.

The match was followed by good old fashioned ‘bangers and mash’ with a slice of tart (can’t beat a bit of tart at our age!!) and custard for pud.

A good contest played in a very friendly manner with SbN running out victors with a 4½ to 3½ win.


Many thanks to Mal Jones for a great report of the Brett Vale victory.



     1. Ian Bickers - Captain

Peter Jay

     2. Malcolm Jones - Reporter

Alan Line

     3. Malcolm Norton

John King

     4. Paul Sandfield

Alan Hands

     5. Roger Davies

Ray Ludlam

     6. John Williams

Terry Mitchell

     7. Bob Filer

David Wyllie

     8. Dave Austin

Dick Lumsden