After winning against Northamptonshire in their opening midland league match, the CAGU Seniorswent to Notts Golf Club to take on a strong Nottinghamshire side who won the EGU Midland 6 man team last year.
The magnificent course that is at Hollinwell, provided a perfect back drop for some scintillating golf. In the morning foursomes, the opening match saw Jeremy Baldwin and David Hayns come up against a birdie blitz from Banks and Clark and lost 5&4. Keith Moore and Bill Rusted won their match against Cook and Higgins 2&1. This included Moore holing some long putts and Rusted playing some deft pitches. Terry Ryan and Bob Setchell halved against MacLachlan and Tilson. Graham Goodman and John Yuill won 1 up in a tight affair against Durban and McLaghlan. Halves followed for Andrew Petrie and Steve Plumb against Hessian and Wileman and Kevin Diss and Neil Hughes. At lunch the score was 3.5 – 2.5 to CAGU.
In the afternoon fourballs Plumb and Petrie were 3 up in the early stages against Banks and Clarke. However the Notts pairing fought back and won 1 up. Special mention must go to Plumb and Petrie who went out fist and took on their top pairing and nearly won a historic victory.
The next two CAGU pairings lost -Baldwin and Hayns and Rusted and Moore. Ryan and Setchell then won 2up against Durban and Mclachlan. Ryan power driving at will and Setchell’s dogged determination sealed the win. In the next match Goodman and Yuill took on Hessian and Wileman. They were 2 up early on but then the Notts pairing fought back to lead 1 up through the turn.
A birdie blitz followed for CAGU 3 birdies by Goodman and 1 by Yuill in 5 holes turned the game around quickly and they won 3&2. The match was sealed by Diss and Hughes who were in impressive form. They both had two putting chances on every hole for birdies some holed and some missed. They never lost the honour in the afternoon against two of Notts formidable players of McJanett and Powell. They ran out winners by 4&3.
The fourball result was 6 – 6 which meant that CAGU won the match 9.5 to 8.5. This means CAGU top the table at this early stage of the season.
Thanks must go to Nottinghamshire for their superb hospitality and playing the match on one of the best courses in the country.