It was a very challenging afternoon for golf, icy cold, rain predicted and strong winds moving between the west and the south-west.  The club’s oldest shield, first played in 1965, was up for grabs; the final being between Anthony Lakey/John Freestone & John & Andrew Laing.  The strong winds and very soft fairways saw bogie or double bogie good enough to halve or win a hole, par was the exception.  The match was a close affair with with neither team getting more than one hole ahead until the second half of the back nine.  During the round there was plenty of excellent driving and chipping but more importantly some amazing escapes from under or over trees straight onto the green and some extremely “courageous” putting.  With three holes to go it was dormi-three but no-one was prepared to lie down.  It was not until the 17th that the final was decided.  As for the stroke field, well, scoring was such that it was almost as if no-one turned up.  On a very cold, windy afternoon the results were;

W. E. Tom Final

Anthony Lakey (4)/John Freestone (2) D John Laing (7)/Andrew Laing (0) – 2/1