John Pettitt holding the “Ryder Cup” 1985


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WDP medal (1) WDP medal (2)

As can be seen by the medal “Clevedon Golf Club” won the Western Daily Press Golf League and each member of the team received one of these small medals.

Even though I was 1 handicap player the county side was always picked from players who played at either, “Burnham and Berrow” or “Weston Super Mare” golf clubs. You know, the old school still thinking that players other than links players were not real players. Then one year the new County Captain ‘George Irlam’ from Weston-Super-Mare Golf Club decided to bring the County side to all the clubs in the County, for what reason I have not got a clue, but when he turned up at my club we thrashed the County side five matches to nil and it was then that he realised that there was other golfing talent elsewhere in the County.

He picked me for my first County match away to Monmouth at “Rogerstone G.C.” and after partnering him to a win in the morning foursomes I drew a chap by the name of Ken Fitzgerald, who on the day before had won the 36 hole Tredegar Park open scratch event. We had a great game, all square playing the par five last. He made birdie to my par so I lost 1 down. As I approached the clubhouse, George (The Captain) came out and put his thumbs up but I had to put mine down and he just turned on his heels and went back in to the clubhouse. I then realized that winning was everything? I expect that I would have beaten any other player that day but came up against one who hung on better than me. This point came up again a couple of years later when I beat a Cornwall player 7 & 6 at Burnham and Berrow Golf Club. I was four under when it finished on the 12th.

I did some research at the Bristol Central library over the Christmas period but it was very hard work, but managed to get a few press cuttings to substantiate some of what I have said.

Somerset Slam Monmouth

I handed out another heavy beating to one of the Monmouth players when we played them at home, pleased to get a half with my conqueror Ken Fitzgerald in the foursomes after losing to him at Rogerstone on the last.


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