Lost in France
Ian Woods’ brave PGS team crashed to Wryter Cup defeat against a French team who made sure they had every advantage.
The 24.5-7.5 scoreline – sadly, a record defeat in the 26-year history of the competition – does not reflect the brilliant spirit within the PGS team.
The French play Chantilly twice a year in their society meetings and benefitted, as usual, from the slope system of handicapping.
The full scores are below, but the success of a trip is not measured by victory alone. We stayed in wonderful surroundings, ate and drank magnificently, and enjoyed playing a superb golf course.
The spirit between the two sides was as good as anyone can remember. As rookie Ross Taylor put it: “If that’s how much fun we have when we lose, I can’t wait to be on the winning side.”
Woodsie was a great captain and we looked resplendent in our Coventry City light blue and Irish green shirts.
Sorry we couldn’t bring it home for you, skipper – but we’ll have them at Carnoustie next year!
Foursomes APG 6½, PGS 1½
Jean Marc L’Henoret/Didier Largillier v Jonny Bramley/Ian Woods L2&1
Alexis Duclos/Alexandre Campi v Steve Lewis/Keith Malone L1DN
Jean Louis Aragon/Davide Baroudh v Ross Slater/Khalid Javed L6&5
Jean Jacques Brehier/Edouard Cambette v Tim Allan and Dylan Dronfield L5&4
Remi Meyer/Tomas Desson v Rob Hewer and Tony Smith W6&5
Damien Houles/Philippe Millereau v Simon Taylor/Felix Duckworth L5&4
Francois Scimeca/Guillaume Baraise v Patrick Eagar/Paul Trow L2&1
Christophe Lassault/Guillaume Michel v Andy Glen/Colin Hancock AS
Fourballs APG 6, PGS 2
Jean Marc L’Henoret/Alexis Duclos v Ian Woods/Ross Slater L2&1
Alexandre Campi/Davide Baroudh v Jonny Bramley/Dylan Dronfield W4&3
Jean Louis Aragon/Didier Largillier v Rob Hewer/Steve Lewis L1DN
Jean Jacques Brehier/Remi Meyer v Keith Malone/Felix Duckworth L2&1
Edouard Cambette/Thomas Desson v Patrick Eagar/Simon Taylor L3&1
Damien Houles/Francois Scimeca v Andy Glen/Tony Smith W1UP
Guillaume Michel/Guillaume Baraise v Paul Trow/Khalid Javed L6&5
Christophe Lassaud/Philippe Millereau v Tim Allan/Colin Hancock L2&1
End of day one: APG 12½, PGS 3½
Singles APG 12, PGS 4
Steve Lewis v Guillaume Baraise L2&1
Tony Smith v Jean Jacques Brehier L4&2
Dylan Dronfield b Guillaume Michel L2DN
Andy Glen v Remi Meyer L2DN
Rob Hewer v Jean Marc L’Henoret L2&1
Ross Slater v Alexandre Campi L4&3
Ian Woods v Philippe Millereau W3&2
Keith Malone v Christophe Lassaud W1UP
Felix Duckworth v Thomas Desson W1UP
Tim Allan v Alexis Duclos W3&2
Colin Hancock v Didier Largillier L6&5
Patrick Eagar v Davide Baroudh L7&5
Khalid Javed v Jean Louis Aragon L5&4
Simon Taylor v Damien Houles L3&1
Paul Trow v Francois Scimeca L1DN
Final Score: APG 24½, PGS 7½
What a team we’ve got!
Captain Ian Woods announced a strong PGS Wryter Cup team after the final counting event at Fulwell.
As ever, the race for places added some special pressure on Captain’s Day, with several players needing good finishes to get in.
Ian and secretary Tim Allan get in without having to qualify, as do the two finalists in the Emsley Carr matchplay knockout – this year, Tony Smith and Steve Lewis.
The team is decided by taking each player’s best three results from the last meeting of the previous year (The Berkshire) and the first six meetings of the current year.
The top 10 on the rankings, not otherwise qualified and available to play, were Felix Duckworth, Khalid Javed, Dylan Dronfield, Ross Slater, Simon Taylor, Paul Trow, Colin Hancock, Jonny Bramley, Andy Glen and Rob Hewer.
Woodsie’s two captain’s picks were Keith Malone and Bryan Nickless – coincidentally the next two on the rankings list available to play.
The match is at Chantilly from October 1 to October 3, where we’ll be doing our best to hold on to the trophy we’ve won for the last two years.
Click here to see the final table.
Bubbles up at Royal Portrush!
Captain Jonny Bubbles Bramley led his PGS team to a thrilling Wryter Cup victory at the magnificent Royal Portrush Golf Club.
Andy Glen clinched the vital point to take us to the winning line, beating Francois Scimeca on the final green, before Khalid Javed ensured an outright victory by beating Ludovic Pont.
The PGS team, battling one of the toughest courses in the world in 50mph winds and frequent heavy showers, kept their nerve superbly over two days of slow, intense competition.
Bubbles said: “It was a privilege to captain such a great team, both on and off the course. They were simply fantastic.”
The PGS owes a huge debt of gratitude to everyone at Royal Portrush – especially ‘the boss’ Wilma Erskine – for their wonderful hospitality over the three days we were there.
The PGS now leads the annual series 14-13, having retained the trophy we won in Le Touquet last year.
PGS 16½ APG 15½
Jean Marc L’Henoret/Remi Gouriou v Dylan Dronfield/Ian McIlgorm W 1up
Ludovic Pont/Alan Geslin v Jonny Bramley/Ian Woods W 2&1
Gilles Payet/Arnaud Mulpas v Tim Allan/Steve Lewis Halved
Jean Jacques Brehier/Remi Meyer v Brian Lee/Rob Hewer L 3&2
Jean Louis Aragon/Didier Largillier v Bryan Nickless/Chris Stevens W 2&1
Guillaume Michel/Frederic Stevens v Nic Brook/Paolo Minoli L 6&5
Romain Schneider/Guillaume Baraise v Andy Glen/Keith Malone L 5&4
Francois Scimeca/Damien Houles v Colin Hancock/Khalid Javed L 3&2
Jean Marc L’Henoret/Alan Geslin v Ian McIlgorm/Steve Lewis W 4&3
Remi Gourious/Arnaud Mulpas v Dylan Dronfield/Ian Woods Halved
Jean Louis Aragon/Jean Jacques Brehier v Jonny Bramley/Brian Lee L 2&1
Gilles Payet/Didier Largillier v Tim Allan/Rob Hewer W 1 up
Frederic Stevens/Remi Meyer v Nic Brook/Chris Stevens W 7&6
Guillaume Michel/Romain Schneider v Bryan Nickless/Keith Malone W 2&1
Ludovic Pont/Guillaume Baraise v Paolo Minoli/Khalid Javed L 2 down
Francois Scimeca/Damien Houles v Andy Glen/Colin Hancock W 4&2
Frederic Stevens v Ian McIlgorm W 4&3
Alan Geslin v Chris Stevens L 4&3
Remi Meyer v Steve Lewis L 5&4
Jean Marc L’Henoret v Nic Brook Halved
Arnaud Mulpas v Ian Woods W 6&4
Remi Gouriou v Dylan Dronfield W 4&3
Jean Louis Aragon v Jonny Bramley L 3&1
Didier Langillier v Brian Lee Halved
Gilles Payet v Tim Allan W 3&2
Jean Jacques Brehier v Rob Hewer L 1 down
Guillaume Michel v Bryan Nickless Halved
Romain Schneider v Colin Hancock L 3&2
Guillaume Baraise v Keith Malone L 1 down
Francois Scimeca v Andy Glen W 1 up
Damien Houles v Paolo Minoli L 3&2
Ludovic Pont v Khalid Javed W 1 up