Hardy A v Bridport
The Hardy A team got their league campaign underway in 2019 with a tricky away fixture to Bridport & West Dorset. Bridport had only lost 1 home game in the past 3 years, so this was going to be tough fixture for Captain Ford and his troops.
Ryan picked a strong team and leading the line was Gareth “Muscles” Hughes. He played very nicely and took a commanding lead early on and plodded on nicely to secure the first point for Came with a 2&1 win.
Captain Ford was off second and leading the whole way until his opponent produced some fine golf and with a helping hand from Ryan with a lost ball on 17. Even a par at the tricky 18th wasn’t enough and lost 1 Down.
Mike Spearing took the early initiative in the early holes but was unable to continue his consistency around the turn and was defeated on the tricky par 5, 16th.
Welsh Wizard Geraint Hughes continued his 100% match play win record for 2019 with a fine display but needed to show some bottle down the last hole but managed to score the same as his playing partner to secure a 1up victory.
Once again, the game was nicely poised and up to the tail end to grind out a few results. Vice Captain Steve Wells produced a gritty performance to grind out a well earned half.
Stuart Chainey teed up 6th and was up against a Bridport stalwart who was very fortunate to hole his second shot on the 17th for eagle while Stuart had driven it to the front edge of the green. This was good enough for a win and put Bridport in the driving seat.
Ben Tyrrell, fresh off his Scratch Team debut, put his experience he had gained into good use and was ruthless in his match to secure a fantastic 7&6 win.
With the match all tied up at 3.5-3.5 all eyes were on the final pairing. Brian Hansford returned to the Hardy A team after a long absence due to a tough time on the links but ended 2018 in great form and has continued this into this year. Although playing a scratch match, there was a 50 year age gap between the players, but experience prevailed and Brian’s fantastic form continued to take and early lead and closed out a brilliant 4&3 victory.
Came Down had secured a “money can’t buy” win away from home to give them the best possible start to the season. With the next 3 matches all at home, Came can really put a marker up for the rest of the league to chase.
The next match is Home to Bulbury Woods in Round 2 of the Hardy A cup on Saturday 13th April. We wish the team well and hope that Came can combine a nice cup run with another successful league season.