Katie Reilly´s held their first ever Captain v Pesident matchplay team event at Lo Romero on the Tuesday after Christmas with 5 teams turning up on a cold and bitter morning, which eventually turned into a bright and warm winter´s day here in Spain. The course, despite the cold, was in very fine condition but a challenge to all but a few of those taking part.
First out on the course was a mixed bunch consisting of Lo Romero member Damien Corvan and Miron Badowski – a long time sponsor of the society through his restaurant Indigos – for the Captains team and Steve Ansell and Richard Riddall for the President. The match swung back and forth constantly with neither side getting the upper hand until late on in the match. With just five holes remaining and one down, the Captain´s team won the next four holes to win their match.
The next match paired Society Captain Graeme Clark and John Jones against Mike Seymour and John Hillier. Having lost the first hole the Presidents team then won six out of the next nine holes to be five up at the tenth. But how fortunes can change in golf, as the Captain´s team then won six out of seven to somehow turn their game into one up with one to play. Amazingly on the final island hole only Mike Seymour got his ball onto the green without hitting water and five minutes later the hole was conceded to make the match all square.
In the middle match we had the real big hitters with three professionals fighting it out. It truly proved to be a fine display of golf with the Captain´s pairing of Ryan Boal and Adrian Hubert beating Gavin Riddal (standing in for President Peter Deaves who was spending Christmas in the UK) and Rob Neill. Between them they also collected three of the six individual prizes on offer.
The fourth pairings proved very close until the latter stages, with it all square after 15 holes. Then Captain´s team members Simon Stevens and Peter Dobson won the last three holes, so beating their opponents Barry Roehrig and Nigel Goulde.
In the final grouping the Captain´s pairing of Nigel Hubert and Ronnie Gibson secured an early lead which they maintained and despite a late fight back by the President´s men, Jim Hough and Steve Jennings, they managed to retain their advantage to win by two holes.
And so it ended up that the first ever Katie Reillys Captain v President Matchplay finished in a 4 ½ to ½ win for the Captain´s team.
All that remained was for us to return to the Great Banquetting Hall and another fine repaste from Carmel, for which she has to be congratulated and then the individual hole prizes:
Nearest the Pin Hole 5 – Ryan Boal
Nearest the Pin Hole 7 – Peter Dobson
Longest Drive Hole 10 – Steve Ansell
Nearest the Pin Hole 12 – Ronnie Gibson
Nearest the Pin Hole 15 – Adrian Hubert
Nearest the Pin in two Hole 18 – Ryan Boal
And finally, Happy New Year from us all, Graeme Clark, Captain, Katie Reillys Golf Society.