Without our usual competitive match against the B team and the Welsh Northern Counties we were a bit low on Matchplay practice early in the season. In addition, because of the pandemic we’d had to move our Championship to the end of September. Finally, only three Lancastrians got Matchplay practice at the Northern Vets Championship at Bishop Auckland in May. We had an uphill task to catch up but the players were focused and all seemed well.
This year’s series of matches has been played with a greater sense of camaraderie because of all the difficulties we have had to overcome due to Covid 19. In March, the 6 Northern Counties agreed to reduce the chance of infection by having no caddies. For the fit players it had no ill effects. It’s actually meant the players have chatted more instead of immersing themselves with their caddies. A squad system was also in operation which helped with late call offs. Thanks go to all who were prepared to be reserves - it helped smooth problems before they arose for the Captain.
The first Richardson Trophy match was on May 26th at Silloth on Solway Golf Club against Cumbria. We had a couple of late call offs for health purposes and the squad system coped.
Lancashire formed their own bubble. We ate all our meals in the Silloth Clubhouse and the food was excellent. Ann Lowe was visited by The Phantom of the electric trolleys as her trolley misbehaved in the practice round. A swift swap with the trolley of the Vice Captain Carmel and Ann was able to win her game against the Cumbria champion. Sara Fitzgerald, from Ormskirk, announced her arrival to the Richardson trophy matches with a very good win against the experience Jamboree team player Janette McWhirter.
Silloth has a great variety of holes, some blind tee shots and some sunken greens. It was presented in excellent condition but it did take a bit of knowing. the golf from both sides was a very high standard. it was fitting that the match was halved because one game was lost on the 17th and we had two games going down the 18th.