The last match of the season was played away against the Kent Lady Captains at Lamberhurst Golf Club on Monday September 9th.
The team had been confirmed several weeks beforehand only to find a last minute replacement was needed the day before, and on the morning of the match one team member had managed to incinerate her car keys in the microwave and was almost unable to make it. It was a bizarre and almost unbelievable tale but true! It caused a great deal of laughter.
Lamberhurst Golf Club was originally a 9 hole course built in parkland belonging to the manor house in 1890. It had a subscription of just 10 shillings which is 50p today. The course was extended to the lovely 18 holes it is today in the 1960s .
The teams arrived in rain but by the time we had enjoyed our coffee and bacon rolls it had cleared and other than a short shower the rain it held off for all the 8 matches played during the afternoon.
Everyone enjoyed the beautiful course with its lovely fairways and fast greens, enhanced by beautiful views over the surrounding Kent and Sussex countryside. The slopes and undulations made it a tricky test of golf for all the golfers of various handicaps, along with a number of dog legs where an errant tee short which wandered off onto the wrong side of the fairway made a shot into the green impossible. Cautious play was the order of the day!
We had lost to Kent at home at Mannings Heath in the first match of the season so were keen to win or draw but Kent had a strong team and the result turned out to be exactly the same as it had been back in May – a win for Kent 5-3. The handicaps had proved to be correct as the games were very close and nearly all of them went to the 18th with 4 being decided on the last putt.
Anne thanked her team and would like to extend her thanks to all the ladies who have played in the matches this season. It seems that everyone had enjoyed their matches as much as she has enjoyed being Captain of the SLC & SGA this year.