After the splendid victory by the
Seniors against Panmure at Carnoustie in May, there was an understandable
confidence in the team which headed to Barry for the return match.
Unsurprisingly, the stiff test provided by both the hosts and VERY difficult
rough made the task much more difficult. As usual, the course itself was in
superb condition and the many subtleties of very slick greens were pretty
difficult to read for the visitors. There were some splendid tussles, with the
last green being decisive in four of the seven ties. As that statement
indicates, it WAS a very tight contest and, fittingly, it duly ended all square
at three and a half points each. (That left Dalhousie as clear winners in
the 2017 confrontations, of course!)
The hospitality generated by the
hosts was, as ever, simply splendid, and it was a very contented Dalhousie team
which eventually headed for home. If there was one disappointment, it was the
absence of TV cameras…..the companies clearly preferring the minor event at
Royal Birkdale to the much more exciting one over Panmure!