DYFED v MILLFIELD SCHOOL
On Sunday 26th of February, we travelled down to Somerset with a strong side for our opening match of the season against Millfield School playing for the Jona and Mali Marks Salver. In the days leading up to the matchday we were rather concerned of the weather forecast. However, on our arrival at Burnham and Berrow we were pleased to see the weather was much more favourable than what we had left behind in Dyfed and what had been forecast.
This was a match of many firsts for us. The first ever mixed Dyfed team. The first ever match against a public school team, and it was a team containing a brother and sister.
The match itself was also fourball betterball in format so it gave players a chance to be more attacking than usual.
The Dyfed team was stacked with experience and I was fortunate enough to be able to field a side that would trouble the best of opposition.
In the first match, Dyfed legend Alan Jones and Dave Morris, the latter who achieved a handicap of Scratch recently, played some fantastic golf in the windy conditions and were 6 under par when their match ended on the 14th. First blood to Dyfed.
Following were the Cardigan duo of County Champion Dyfed Jones and stalwart James Pegg. Both played some solid golf and showed flashes of brilliance in their comfortable 2 and 1 win. 2 – 0 to Dyfed.
The next pairing of Elliott Anderson and Nick Davies gelled together from the off and ended up being too strong for their younger opponents, beating them 3 and 2. 3 – 0 to Dyfed.
Up next were the 2 females in our team, Sophie Anderson and Lucy Davies. The Ashburnham pair were drawn against another all female pairing containing a Scratch golfer and fast improving 5 handicapper. On this occasion the home team dovetailed a little better than our girls and ran out 3 and 2 winners. 3 – 1 to Dyfed.
To keep with Millfield School tradition, I paired up with my Dad to take on the Millfield teachers in the final game. We had a competitive match that could have gone either way. It fittingly ended in a half keeping both captains happy.
The overall result was therefore 3.5 to 1.5 to Dyfed, a result that I’m really pleased with for many reasons.
I’d like to take this opportunity to thank my players for travelling over to Somerset, especially the ladies that gave of their all against some very stern opposition.
The next match for Dyfed will be on the 2nd of April at Ashburnham Golf Club against Gwent where the format will be back to the traditional foursomes and singles matches.