David Turnbull, OFGS Hon. Sec. writes: On Friday, 11th April we were drawn to play against Sherborne in the first round at Royal St George’s Golf Club, Sandwich. For the third time, by way of preparation, our captain Richard Graves, had arranged for the team to have practice rounds at the beginning of March.
Our squad consisted of Richard Graves, Rob Atton, Gavin Cowell, Hugh Curle, Jonny Newton, Charlie Plunkett, Mike Schneidau, Matt Stolls, Peter Watts and John Wybar. Andy Towler had hoped to be fit to play, but had not recovered sufficiently from an injury to be able to do so.
After the success of last year, the team was confident but weakened by the absence of last year’s top player, Patrick Spraggs, who had turned professional at the end of last summer. Additionally, John Wybar was suffering from an acute sickness bug all day, but played two rounds in the day – a truly heroic effort. Playing against Sherborne was always going to be a very tough match as they are considerably higher than us on the ranking table. Unfortunately we lost 4-1 with Jonny & Matt and Rob & Peter gaining halves in their matches.
On the Friday afternoon we lost in the Princes’ Plate to Ampleforth. In spite of the disappointment of Friday the squad had had a most enjoyable time playing golf in some wonderful spring weather. The team was supported by Norman and Virginia Porter, John Edwards, Robin Anderton, David Turnbull and Andy Towler. The squad stayed in the Pegwell Bay Hotel and thanks are due once again to Andy for making all the arrangements.