The Captain’s Blog (No6) – Tess Mann

In the Hadrian League match at home against Hexham on Wednesday, 13th June, we had Matty Lamb on the first tee against Chris Bowman. You may ask so what? Well, Matty Lamb, an England international has just returned from North Carolina, the USA where he has been playing his golf on a scholarship and who currently plays off a handicap of +5. Well, the big man Chris went on to get 2 points in his back pocket winning 2 and 1. A great win. Then Ryan Clark came in with another 2 points with a great win. We went on to lose 8-4, but Hexham has a very strong team and is up there with the best, so 4 points is a great result. The rest of the lads battled on. Two went down at the 17th. I would like to thank Kenny Shepherd for covering for me on the night and looking after the Captain and Vice-Captain from Hexham until I arrived, and also thanks for the bar bill!!! Thanks to all those who played and came along to support.

On Tuesday, 20th June, we went away to Westerhope GC where we secured a 6-6 draw. I’d like to welcome Lee Thompson to the team; he’s been playing great at Parklands. Kev Miller was away working and Lee stepped in. There were good wins for Karl Mossom, Ryan Clark and Craig Wayman, 6 good points. Gav Jobe again came back from 5 down but lost on the 17th and we had great efforts from Lee and Davy who never gave up – cheers lads. And on a funny note, ask Ryan Clark about the runaway trolley on the 2nd hole.

On Wednesday, 28th June, we played Prudhoe at home and had a 7-5 win. Wet, wet, wet was the order of the evening and I’m not talking about the band. But the lads went out and played the best golf possible in the conditions. Lee got his first 2 points, but on that night all the players were winners. I would like to thank Granddad Brian Rutherford for acting as team Captain for the night.

On Saturday, 24th June our team of Karl Mossom, Dave Gibson and Gav Jobe represented Parklands in the County First Division Championships a 36 hole one-day competition where all 3 players scores count. Unfortunately, we fell one point short and were relegated to Division 2 for next season. It was a windy day at Gosforth and the lads gave their all so cheers guys.

My Captain’s Day is on Sunday, 6th August so get the day noted in your diary. It is a charity day to raise funds for ward 14 at the RVI. That’s the children’s oncology/cancer ward. I am looking for sponsors and donations and prizes for the raffle. There will be more details in a later post. It will be a great day for all.

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