Chris Swallow, Old Tridents’ Golf Captain, writes:
Trent were drawn at Royal St Georges for the third year running and were grateful for glorious sunshine all week. A squad without Ian Birch and John Bailey, but with a number of quality rookies including Mike Coupland, Richard Marriott, Ben Caladine and James Jones arrived for practice rounds on Tuesday prior to our game against last year’s finalists Merchant Taylors on Thursday.
Unfortunately Ali Wakefield and Mike Coupland going out at 2 ,against arguably our opponents strongest pair took a heavy defeat, but Nick Peplow and Joe Tulley, out at 3, turned in a creditable win 5 & 4.
At the hut on the 13th hole we were up in 3 games and level in 1 game. In three tightly fought games we probably weren’t at our best and fell just short in all 3 with Chris Swallow and Gregg Roberts and also Jon Carter and Richard Marriott losing 2 & 1.
Sadly Stuart Carlisle and Rob Cox lost on the 18th. Our opponents conceded that a 4 – 1 loss was indeed flattering to Merchant Taylors and that it would have taken very little to have turned the match in Trent ’s favour.
The squad is now very competitive and certainly capable of beating most teams down at the Hewitt.