On Sunday 14th April Dorset First team held a friendly against a Hampshire team led by Captain Debbie Tapply. It was held at Broadstone Golf Course. The course played beautifully and the greens were very good. The players were all very brave as it was absolutely freezing.
Our first pairing Amanda Walker and Becky Hobell played Aimee Paterson and Danielle Burrell. Becky and Amanda fought well and played some excellent golf. Unfortunately, they lost by 4/3. This was a score line which did not reflect how close the match had been for the majority of the play.
Second out were Jane Southcombe and Georgina Wrixon. They played Beth Goater and Raffi Dyer. Jane and Georgina did so well as both the Hampshire players could hit the ball a mile! This match was a nail-biter and Jane and Georgina managed to halve it.
It was the first time that Di Freda and Jo Hadley had played together for the County. They came up against a formidable pairing in Louise Caplen and Alex Sutherland. Both Di and Jo played some very good golf, but it wasn’t easy against such a pair. They were also beaten 4/3, though they said that they had had a lot of fun.
Though we were beaten by Hampshire 2 ½ to 1/2, we learned a lot and had a good time.
I’d like to thank Debbie Tapply and her players for entering into the spirit of the game in such a friendly manner. I’d like to thank both sets of players for keeping their commitment to play, especially as the Masters final day had been rescheduled for that afternoon! I would also like to say a huge thank you to Ed at Broadstone for allowing us to use the course.