Old Diocesan Network
Alex Price (2008M): “On Saturday 10th June, the OD’s played their third consecutive fixture against the ever-formidable Old Tonbridgians. The match took place at the RAC in Epsom, and, as hoped, the weather turned out to be near perfect – taking into account the stiff 17mph wind that blew throughout the round. The OD’s were slightly disadvantaged from the get-go as there were a couple of last-minute dropouts which had the OD’s playing 6 on 8. These sorts of situations have never stopped us digging deep and trying to salvage a win.
The Mallett/McDonald combination were rock-solid, despite Doug’s wildly errand tee shot on the first. The pair successfully brought home the only win for the OD’s on the day. Martin Calder and Stephen Suckling valiantly went out on their own and were both beaten with a few holes to spare. A fight well
fought. The Price/Commins match also resulted in an unfortunate loss, even though they both carded a pair of 38’s on the back 9. A world-class 19 handicapper was simply too much to shake off, as he made some solid birdies coming home. There was some respite, however, in that Stuart Commins collected 3 of the 4 “Longest Drive” and “Closest to the Pin” challenges that were running throughout the round. The Old Tonbridgians now hold the lead and will go into next year’s fixture 2-1 up. It’s safe to say that the group had a fantastic day out. With our usual thank you speeches and drinks outside in the sun after the round, we concluded that we would be back next year with a full team to take on the OT’s again – and many more to come. All to play for!
The ODs: Alex Price (2008M), Zandy Macdonald (2007F), Martin Calder (1991B), Steve Suckling (1976F), Doug Mallett (2007M) and Stuart Commins (2006F).
The OTs: David Walsh, Tony Monteuuis, Richard Marle, Robert Butlin, Chris Pettman, Martin Colvill, Richard Dalzell and Robin Berkeley.
We are very grateful for the tremendously friendly and supportive relationship we have with the Old Tonbridgians and look forward to growing this (and improving our golf).”
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