Match vs Edzell GC Seniors, 25th July 2019

This match came into being through the connections of John Souter and the hard work of Tommy Brown, who made the contacts and developed the plan. So, a 12-a-side fixture was established, with the very friendly co-operation of the Seniors Section at Edzell GC.

Your intrepid Captain made the journey from the south and laid claim to accommodation at the home of the ever tolerant and hospitable Browns in Lundin Links.

The weather was warm, sunny and welcoming as we drove north past Dundee and into the foothills of the Highlands. The course is set in rolling heathland/parkland with beautiful pines bordering the fairways and fine views in the distance. It is not a Braid original, but the great man made a visit in the 1930s, to undertake re-arrangements of some holes and re-bunkering. It was a pleasure to play and kept in fine condition, like so many of the Scottish ‘village’ courses.

The club was wonderfully welcoming but had clearly gone to some trouble in selection, reaching out to the US and Holland to upgrade their playing strength. JBGS members, undaunted by this competitive approach, relied as usual upon a natural lack of talent and low cunning to further their aims. Generally, a new visiting team would lie down submissively and let the home side win easily, in order to secure a return invitation. The side, including the past captain and now Vice-President Malcolm Campbell, the evergreen Bill Stephens, young Gordon Matheson, big David Grounds and Brora Man Tony Gill, was clearly picked with this strategy in mind.

However, on this occasion, although the first 3 matches were lost, the last 3 were won, and so a tie was declared, at 3-3. Honour satisfied all round. A splendid lunch and a few words of thanks, together with a donation to the club’s Junior Section, sealed what was a very successful fixture, one which I am pretty sure will be repeated. New friends were made and everyone set off home happy with the day.

Peter Stanbrook
JBGS Captain.