DLCGA 1st Team and 2nd Team 2019
Dorset vs Hampshire First Team Foursomes Friendly
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.
Gloucestershire II v Dorset II - Bristol & Clifton Golf Club - 6 May 2019
Jo Hadley Cathy Macfarlane-Thompson Chloe Haesler Lauren Purchase Georgina Wrixon Laura Thomas
The second team started the season with an away fixture against a talented young Gloucestershire side. The team travelled up to Bristol the day before to have a practice round, which proved very useful as the front 9 holes were relatively straight forward in contrast to the more interesting and testing back 9.
Cathy and Jo led the way in foursomes playing some great golf against Jess and Issy the two lowest handicappers but eventually lost 5/4 with the result not reflecting how well they had played. Lauren and Georgina paired up for the first time and complemented each other perfectly running out winners 4/2 . Another new pairing of Chloe and Laura also proved successful with them easing to a straight forward 5/3 win.
2-1 at half time and everyone excited about the prospect of doing battle in the afternoon singles.
Gloucestershire were clearly up for revenge following a narrow defeat at Broadstone last year and were not going to give up home advantage easily. Jo went out first for Dorset and put up a sterling fight against Megan but eventually lost 5/4. Cathy played some great golf to keep pace with Issy but finally succumbed to a 5/4 defeat. Chloe was never behind and remained focussed in spite of her opponent rallying late on. Her highlight being an eagle on a par 5. She recorded a win 1 up. Georgina fought hard against one of Gloucestershires big hitters eventually losing 6/4, again the score did not reflect how well she played. Lauren played some great golf keeping the pressure on her opponent to record a win 3/2 so it all came down to the last match. Laura remained positive and kept pace with a 3 handicapper right to the end eventually losing 2/1, another great performance.
I was delighted to award Georgina and Laura their second team colours - congratulations girls.
My thanks go to everyone in the team for their support, fantastic effort, positive attitude and a thoroughly enjoyable match played in great spirit to a very high standard.