Princes Risborough hosted Aldwickbury Park in the final home match of the regular Chiltern Breakfast league season on an unusually cool early September Saturday morning yesterday. Aldwickbury Park have been regular visitors to PRGC over the years and are past winners of the Chiltern Breakfast League so they have form and can play really solid golf. On this occasion they arrived with an exceptionally strong team and a very determined look about them. They were holding down second spot in the division and a good away win at Princes Risborough would have given them a chance of getting in to the season ending play offs either by topping the division or securing the overall best runner up spot across all three divisions.
In the away match earlier in the season our team played really well and secured an excellent 3:3 draw on a course where Aldwickbury Park are pretty much serial winners. That form continued into the home match on Saturday and our boys responded to the challenge of the day by playing some really good golf against a team replete with single figure handicappers. The result was another 3:3 draw so there is nothing to choose between the two teams in 2019.
Neil Martin and Gavin Adams led the team off with an excellent 4&3 win closely followed by Cliff Pearce and Pete Major with a 3&2 win and then Bob Darvill and Richard Aldridge with a 1 Up win. So three in the hut and three wins. Captain John Verrall and Steve Wagerfield came unstuck on the 18th green where some unfortunate putting led to a 1 down loss to be followed by vice Captain Craig Whitworth and gentlemen Jim Findlay who had the misfortune to play an on fire pair and lost 4&3. So 3:2 it was and all were waiting for the last match in. In this match Barry Woledge was playing with Matt Enfield who was making his debut in the CBL League team and they were up against a tough pair. Having held the match to one down at half-way, Barry and Matt then went three down with 6 to go so were up against it. The fightback was on and it came such that on the 18th tee the difference was back to 1 down. Barry and Matt could not quite secure the birdie needed for the half to win the match overall but fought to the very end.
Very well done to the team and particularly Matt who played exceptionally well on his debut.
The upshot is that having only secured 5 points Aldwickbury Park will not head the division and are unlikely to make the play-offs this year! As for us, our 5 points mean we now head Weston Turville at the foot of our divisional table so need a good performance away at their place in the last match of the season next Saturday 14th September to secure a mid table league position.