Hoping to improve upon last year’s tied match, the CILT Golf Society took on the National Liberal Club Golf Circle at Aldwickbury Park Golf Club near Harpenden on Thursday 29th July.
The Liberal GC included two ladies in their team for the first time. This was a welcome development in an always enjoyable sporting and social event. Unfortunately only 7 of the selected 8 CILT GS team members were able to attend, so Eddie Cox ended up with the tough task of taking on a Liberal GC pair on his own – in a 4-ball, better ball, Stableford competition!
Excellent golfing weather prevailed during the day on a very good course that featured regular changes in elevation and extremely tricky, quick greens. As well as bemoaning 3 (and even 4) putting, the post-match chat was sprinkled with comment about the hedge across the 12th fairway and the ‘invisible’ green on the 13th.
Tension mounted as the groups arrived back at the clubhouse and the scores were recorded. The first match was halved and the second match saw CILT pull out a substantial lead of 12 points. This was extended to 15 points after the third match. However, on his own, Eddie stood no chance and went down by 15 points. Once again, match tied!
Having completed the competitive part of the event, both teams enjoyed socialising over a well-earned drink and 2-course meal in the clubhouse. CILT GS Captain, Bob Harper, revealed the match result in appropriately dramatic style and his opposite number, Phil Reeves, replied with thanks to Bob for his organisation of the event before throwing down the gauntlet for 2022 – at a venue to be decided.