Another year and another run at the Manchester and District Golf Alliance City Glass Foursomes began on a day better suited to duvets and central heating.
After last Years abysmal defence of the title Helsby won in 2015, new City Glass captain Alan Rigby has certainly learnt from past experiences. With just 3 of the victorious 2015 side remaining Rigby has wielded the axe to completely redesign and refresh the team for a 2017 charge towards Blackley Golf Club, home of this Years final.
The first hurdle to overcome was another home preliminary round and another contest against Werneth Golf Club. After bacon butties and pleasantries on the putting green both teams headed down to the 1st to get this Years competition started.
First up for Helsby was the much fancied pairing of Denver Brazier and Jeff Hughes – This match wasn’t as easy going as the result suggested with a 3 hole losing streak at 7,8 and 9. Class eventually shone though however with solid driving from Brazier and good putting on the back nine by Hughes, Helsby overcame their opponents to claim a 3&2 victory
Dean Letford & Nathan Kennedy were next up starting off with a hard fought half in 6’s on the 1ST after both drives hung out wickedly right in the strong wind. The 1st set the story of the front 9 with another half in 9’s on the 4th. It wasn’t till late in back nine that both players clicked and started to enjoy the alien format, finishing their debut as 4&2 winners.
Jaime Hodgkinson and Simon Pay was another new team for 2017. The low kids did their job coming up 2 and 1 winners but should have closed the match a lot earlier – but thats kids for you.
Geoff Maher and John Sowerby didn’t know each other from Adam before the match but with both showing strong form over the Winter and their laid back nature this looked like a strong new partnership. Up against an “over cheerful “Werneth captain and a 1 handicapper with a resemblance to Andy “Beef ” Johnston, Maher & Sowerby did their utmost throughout but would surrender on the 16th with a 3&2 loss. The First date didn’t go to plan.
Mal Aird and Martin Wood are seasoned veterans and never fail to impress. Both are surely guaranteed their place in the next round after their no nonsense 4&3 win.
Steve Green and Chris Davies got underway with nuclear sub officer Davies splitting the fairway before seeing their early lead evaporated after losing 4 holes in the space of 5 thru the middle of the course. However never panicking knowing they had shots in hand and an ever improving appreciation of foursomes golf Green & Davies rallied to claim a 2&1 win.
Paul Collins and Roger Horton teed off in the Anchor match. Newbie Collins was a bag of nerves going into this match but had no need to be after watching a mammoth drive by the opposition of all 6 yards off the first!! Horton, as smooth as his bald head and solid as ever steered this partnership to a 3&1 victory.
So Helsby took the tie with a hugely impressive 6-1 scoreline and now await the next round draw in early April.