On a glorious Monday morning, at Cumberwell, Wiltshire set off in the eight singles matches against Dorset. Despite resting himself and James Cooper captain Ali James sent out a team well capable of giving Dorset a golfing challenge. However, after the first five matches were in and despite wins for Tom Stagg and Joe Retford, we were down 2-3 and lookin likely to lose 2-6 unless the last three could conjure up something special. Jamie Cooper bravely parred the last to win his game against the experienced Andy Rideout and county champion Tom Law saw off his opponent 4/3. It was left to Max Drayton to try and get something from his game against 17 year veteran of South West week Giles Legg. Coming to the last all square Max drove down the left but narrowly avoided going out of bounds after his ball rebounded back in play from a bush. Managing to advance the ball to the fringe of the green he was left with a tricky chip which he manoeuvred to about 12 feet. Giles narrowly missed with his ten footer for the win and Max very bravely slotted his putt for the half, leaving Wiltshire 4.5-3.5 ahead at lunch.
The afternoon foursomes became something of a procession with all matches going Wiltshire's way. Five up after five Gary Slade and James Cooper held on against the inevitable comeback to win 3/2 whilst Tom Stagg and Joe Retford were never headed in winning 3/1, Dom Seaman and Jamie Cooper gelled well and won 3/2 and finally Max and Tom tied up the result by getting up and down from behind a copse (despite taking a penalty) on the 17th to win 2/1. This result leaves Wiltshire atop of the league ahead of Somerset, Gloucs and Cornwall all of whom we have yet to play.
This was a splendid result from a young team who are hungry for even more success.
Tuesday sees the 36 hole tournament to find this years SWCGA individual champion and also the county team to represent the SW at the England Golf Inter county finals.