McMillan Shield this week was at The Vines. We experienced patches of showers for the first time this season. But the course was in very good condition and once again gave the team a chance to play a very different course to Glenelg.
We came up against the Vines this week and all of our players were giving a lot of shots to their opponents. Despite all our players playing close to and even under their handicaps the home course advantage certainly proved to be too strong this week with The Vines victorious 5 to 0.
Indie Danger was our number one again this week. Playing against Emma Hastie, he fought hard to hang in there finishing 5&4 down.
Jayneil Rudrappagari had a very tough match. His opponent Ava Strazdins playing off 29 had numerous pars. Jayneil had to give up 16 shots and succumbed 8&7.
At number 3 Campbell Hossack played Amberly Boolt. Giving her 15 shots although Cam played to his handicap he was unable to compete with the 3 and 4 pointers being scored by Amberley losing 6&5.
Mitch Munn played at number four against Tasman Barbour. Again Mitch was behind the eight ball with a 15 shot handicap deficit. But Mitch fought extremely hard and played well including nearly holing out his second on the par 4 12th hole. His tap in birdie was his first ever and an exciting moment for him. He fought hard eventually losing 3&1.
Number 5 this week was Charlie Leonard playing against Luke Hunter. It was definitely a battle – but Charlie managed to hole out a pitch shot and, on the whole, kept his chin up. He lost 6&4.
Jayden McGrath was our playing reserve this week against Surya-Zeng Raghaven. Jayden lost 8&6. He is certainly learning a lot about the game and each week is improving.
Our interview this week was about strengths and weaknesses of our game. There was a consensus that they all played good iron shots but generally driving and short game needs work.
We were lucky enough to have the Junior Captain Alex Manton come out and support the team this week. On a day where spirits were low it gave them a lift to see someone they look up to out watching.
I was also incredibly proud to have a member of The Vines come up and comment on how wonderful and refreshing it was to see our team congratulating their opposition on good shots.
Despite the loss we all learned that golf can be hard and same days you will be beaten by someone who plays better on the day. More importantly the club should be incredibly proud of this team and how they carry themselves, support their team mates and also support their opposition.
Well done again boys.