Move over Tom Watson and Paul McGinley – the 2014 Ryder Cup is already won and lost!
A fortnight before the big names get together at Gleneagles, Churchill and Blakedown Golf Club were in on the act with their own version of golf’s greatest team event.
Based on Friday fourballs and Saturday singles, more than 70 members of the club joined battle in the red of Churchill or the blue of Blakedown, the two villages which give the club its name.
Under blue skies and in perfect golfing weather, players came together to fight tooth and nail for a point for their side – but every match was played in the finest spirit of the game.
And it wasn’t until the gala dinner on Saturday evening that the results became known – a win for Team Churchill over Team Blakedown by 24 pts to 18 – and the trophy presented by the club’s Honorary President, The Viscount Cobham, to Club Captain Peter Perry who lead the victorious Churchill side.
The event’s Champagne Moment came on Friday afternoon when Richard Powis made a hole-in-one en route to helping partner Phil Hulme win a fourball point for Blakedown. To mark his ace, Richard was presented with a bottle of bubbly which went at least some way to compensating him for his bar bill
Peter Perry said: “This was a fantastic event – the first time we’ve done something like this and it won’t be the last. The support from all quarters of the Club was tremendous and it was wonderful so see so many golfers – male and female, young and old – joining in the fun. Every single match was cheered on the first tee by team mates who’d finished or were waiting to start – the atmosphere was unbelievable. “
“We try really hard to make ours an inclusive club where gender, age or ability is no barrier to joining in and taking part. People outside the game often have the impression that golf is stuffy and elitist – well it might be at some places but not at Churchill and Blakedown. It goes without saying that we enjoy playing in beautiful surroundings but it’s just as important that our members join in, get involved and enjoy the social side of things too. Anybody who wants to find out more about what we’re up to is more than welcome.”
Contact: Peter Perry Club Captain Churchill and Blakedown Golf Club