On the day England entertained Wales at Twickenham in the Guinness Six Nations, friendly hostilities were similarly on show at Monmouth Golf Club in the relaunched traditional Wales vs England Golf Day, with both teams vying to get their hands on a no expense spared, brand new trophy, courtesy of organiser-in-chief, James Ridley.
72 golfers took part in a pairs match-play tournament, with a shotgun start to ensure everyone finished at the same time to retire to the 19th hole to watch the day’s rugby. A minute’s silence preceded the golf action as a mark of respect for Gents vice-captain Dave Uttley, who sadly passed away earlier in the week – how he’d have loved to be with us on the day.
Despite the recent inclement weather, the course was in fantastic condition, due to the sterling work undertaken by Chair of Greens Len Lane and greenkeepers Chris, Matt and Dave.
As the day unfolded and the results started being totted-up, it was clear that the old enemy were getting the better of the boys in red, with St. George and his team comfortably slaying the Welsh Dragons 13 – 5, resulting in Welsh captain James Ridley presenting the trophy to his English counterpart Jonathan Roberts.
It was great to see the bar rammed with members and guests, sharing golfing and rugby memories and banter, whilst also remembering absent friends. A superb buffet was provided by Emma Henry and her bar team, whilst everyone cheered on their teams in the rugby via the big screen thanks to the technical expertise of Dave “Bomber” Wilding.