Buckingham Golf Club travelled to Aspley Guise & Woburn Sands Golf Club for the away leg of their centenary Ryder Cup match.
The two clubs have been close friends for many years and were determined to celebrate their co-centenary year in style as teams of 44 players, drawn from all sections of each club – ladies, gentlemen, seniors and juniors – came together in a Ryder Cup style format.
Junior and scratch players took part in singles matches; men, ladies and seniors played four ball better ball and mixed pairings played greensomes, with each match contributing one point to the overall total.
The match started with a shotgun start at 1pm with 22 different playing groups filling the course as Buckingham took a 17-8 lead into the away leg following a dominant home display in May,
The early results went Buckingham’s way, but Aspley Guise hit back hard recording a string of victories as Buckingham struggled to secure the final 1.5 points needed to clinch the cup.
In the pivotal match, Robbie Macpherson and Neil McIver saw their early two-hole advantage wiped out after 15 holes, but the pair dug deep to par the next two and win 2&1, which was enough to clinch the Ryder Cup.
Most of the remaining matches finished in Buckingham’s favour, but Aspley Guise edged the result on the day by 13.5-11.5, leaving Buckingham overall winners. The players and supporters then retired to the clubhouse for much needed refreshments, a post-match meal and live musical entertainment.
Aspley Guise’s longest serving member, 83-year old Cedric Parry, rounded off the day by presenting the Centenary Cup to the victors.
Back home, 13 teams of bleary-eyed golfers took part in a 5am texas scramble. The winning team, with an impressive 53.6 points, comprised Jackie Boath, Peter Carroll, Dominic O’Kelly and Steve Howard. In second with 55 points were Sue Moore, Jane Nicholls, Neil Caldwell and Paul Skinner.
Lady Captain’s Day was a close affair as Yvonne Kemp took the honours with 36 points, one clear of four others – Sharon Dale, Mary Clarke, Carole Flello and Kerry Sumner – Dale taking second place on countback.
While Rory McIlroy was busy sinking the winning putt at Hoylake, 79 men were competing in a medal competition for the Jim Carrick Claret Jug. Competitors drew the name of a professional playing at The Open and added that pro’s gross score on Sunday to their own nett score to come up with a combined aggregate total.
Kevin Easton and Steve Darwin posted nett 63s, while Ben Jenks recorded a nett 64 and Steve Leyland a nett 65. Easton won the Claret Jug as he combined with Graeme McDowell for an aggregate 130. Leyland paired with Sergio Garcia for a combined 131 while Darwin took third place on countback from Ian Townsend, as they paired with Victor Dubuisson and Chris Wood respectively, for a combined 133.
The previous day saw round 14 of the Dr Stableford Cup. Keith Howell took the honours with 43 points before Tim Lenihan continued his good form to triumph in the Seniors’ Captain’s Day.