The Young Baltic Association (YBA) met on 10 May for the annual YBA Golf Day. Paul Farren reports on the day’s play for Baltic Briefing.
It was another epic clash of brokers versus principals at Tyrrells Wood Golf Club. The principals most definitely wanted revenge after a narrow defeat in 2018. With Nick Perry at the helm once again he rounded an impressive squad which was always going to be a challenge for our band of brokers. Irrespective of the task that lay ahead the weather couldn’t have been better and the golf course was in tremendous condition. Although not a particularly long course, the setting within a valley meant there wasn’t a flat lie in sight and it always proves to be tricky track.
The morning session began with nine holes of stableford, with mixed principal and broker. The best three scores of the four-ball counting. The scores were all very respectable, however, the team of Nick Marns, David Evans, Ben Walker & Ed Preston won with relative ease (Mr Marns making an eagle and birdie which was extremely impressive). This was the sort of form that did not bode well for the broker team as we rolled into the afternoon. After a generous lunch the squads were raring to go and we expected a close contest. But as nine holes had passed it was clear to see the brokers were chasing their matches. To witness 20 handicappers, such Harry Wrey, hit the ball consistently over 300 yards was understandably demoralizing and the task was getting harder by the hole for the brokers. Unfortunately, the principals could not be stopped and they convincingly won the match 3 ½ to 1 ½
Hats off to the principals for putting on an impressive show, although I would like to slash the handicaps for next year!
It was once again a highly successful match and extremely well organised by Guy Bartleet. We had 24 players but would like more to partake next year as it’s becoming an ever more popular event. Thanks to all those that participated. Happy fairways to all golfers playing this season and we look forward to the summer meeting at Thorpeness.