Copt Heath Club Team ends Sutton Coldfield’s record run of home wins.
We took on the Club Team of Sutton Coldfield on Tuesday (17th May), who had not lost on home turf for 52 matches, which equates to 4 years. The greens were lovely, very quick and certainly an advantage for the home team. After narrowly losing the first 2 games to tee off, we proceeded to win three and draw one of the remaining four, to secure a 3.5 - 2.5 victory (full results available on the website).
Two members of the team made their first appearances of the season, which was nice to see - one even choosing the honour and camaraderie of representing Copt Heath over joining Her Majesty the Queen at the opening of Crossrail’s rail project in London - thanks Sir Terry!
It was my first time at Sutton and I was very pleasantly surprised - I thought it was a great course with some really appealing holes cut through the trees. Tommy Fleetwood once referred to Sutton as a “hidden gem”, after an amateur competition. I think I’d agree. In contrast to the compactness of Stourbridge (played 2 weeks before), Sutton has a very large footprint. Unfortunately, this meant that half of us didn’t quite beat the dark sky and rain that descended - on the 15th in my case!
Despite their loss, our opponents were extremely hospitable and the food from their new caterers was lovely, so it was great to visit and to play the course - a proper Club Match experience.
Only 2 birdies this week - perhaps to do with unfamiliarly quick greens - Ian Fisher (1) and Rick Chima (1).
Let’s see if we can extend our own run of home wins to four next week, when we welcome Enville (Thursday 26th May).