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John Pettitt holding the “Ryder Cup” 1985

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The City and County of Bristol Scratch foursome at “Shirehampton G.C” was another competition with a very high quality field and we managed to win with an incredible two rounds of golf. We started both rounds 6,6,5 against a par of 5,5,3, hardly made a par all day but shot so many birdies we managed to win with 69=68 for 137, a total that was completely unexpected after our disastrous starts to both rounds.

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Winners 1972 – City and County of Bristol Scratch Foursomes

You will notice that Gordon Brand won this event a few times before me and his son Gordon Brand Jnr. a couple of times after me, which shows the quality of the fields that were around on those days. Makes the winning all the more enjoyable when finishing at the top of a class field.

137 seemed to become a regular score for me at the many different tournaments I was entering at the time. The Great Oaks foursome was one we never managed to win. This was held at Rogerstone G.C. just north of Newport, Wales and the field was always very strong with many Welsh Internationals always in the field.

Being an established club, competitions were every week-end for some cup or another, all off handicap of course and, yes, we had bandits in those days. I can remember going round in 69 in being well stuffed by a 22 handicap player and this happened on more than one occasion.

My interest lay in my open events and the club team which played in the Western Daily Press golf league. We had a very good side as by that time, with all my effort in helping fellow club members to improve we had at least forty players in single figures. Knowle G.C. could also field a good side as they had a few Gloucester county players in their side, but I will say that myself and Barry never lost a home match in 16 years at Clevedon, even beating Gordon Brand Jnr. a couple of times.

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