Wryter Cup 2020 cancelled

With a certain sense of inevitability, the Wryter Cup 2020 has been cancelled. We were due to be at Granville in October but the continuing uncertainty over COVID-19 has put paid to our plans. All being well, we’ll be at Hoylake in October, 2021.

It’s Car-nasty for the PGS!

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Khalid Javed’s tartan troubadors were no match for their French rivals at Carnoustie in the 29th Wryter Cup.

PGS captain Khalid had made no secret of his passionate desire to win back the Cup we lost in spectacular fashion last year at Chantilly.

But even his inspirational team talks could not produce the victory we all craved at the toughest course in the UK.

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Khalid said: “We tried our best but it wasn’t meant to be. The French put out a very strong team and they have some great players.

“I’m very proud of the team and it was a privilege to be their captain.”

At the end of the first day foursomes and fourballs, played over the Buddon and Burnside courses, the PGS trailed by three points.

That meant Khalid had no choice but to front-load his singles team for the final day challenge over the brutal Championship course.

But the French, shrugging off the memories of Jean Van de Velde’s infamous capitulation at the 18th in the 1999 Open, proved too tough. They eventually closed out victory to win 20-12.

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Ian Woods’ brave PGS team crashed to Wryter Cup defeat against a French team who made sure they had every advantage.

The 24.5-7.5 scoreline – sadly, a record defeat in the 26-year history of the competition – does not reflect the brilliant spirit within the PGS team.

The French play Chantilly twice a year in their society meetings and benefitted, as usual, from the slope system of handicapping.

The full scores are below, but the success of a trip is not measured by victory alone. We stayed in wonderful surroundings, ate and drank magnificently, and enjoyed playing a superb golf course.

The spirit between the two sides was as good as anyone can remember. As rookie Ross Slater put it: “If that’s how much fun we have when we lose, I can’t wait to be on the winning side.”

Woodsie was a great captain and we looked resplendent in our Coventry City light blue and Irish green shirts.

Sorry we couldn’t bring it home for you, skipper – but we’ll have them at Carnoustie next year!

Bubbles up at Royal Portrush!

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PUTT IT THERE – the PGS team (minus Ian McIlgorm, who had to leave early) celebrate their victory on the 18th at Royal Portrush

Captain Jonny Bubbles Bramley led his PGS team to a thrilling Wryter Cup victory at the magnificent Royal Portrush Golf Club.

Andy Glen clinched the vital point to take us to the winning line, beating Francois Scimeca on the final green, before Khalid Javed ensured an outright victory by beating Ludovic Pont.

The PGS team, battling one of the toughest courses in the world in 50mph winds and frequent heavy showers, kept their nerve superbly over two days of slow, intense competition.

Bubbles said: “It was a privilege to captain such a great team, both on and off the course. They were simply fantastic.”

The PGS owes a huge debt of gratitude to everyone at Royal Portrush – especially ‘the boss’ Wilma Erskine – for their wonderful hospitality over the three days we were there.

The PGS now leads the annual series 14-13, having retained the trophy we won in Le Touquet last year.

PGS 16½ APG 15½

Foursomes

Jean Marc L’Henoret/Remi Gouriou v Dylan Dronfield/Ian McIlgorm W 1up

Ludovic Pont/Alan Geslin v Jonny Bramley/Ian Woods W 2&1

Gilles Payet/Arnaud Mulpas v Tim Allan/Steve Lewis Halved

Jean Jacques Brehier/Remi Meyer v Brian Lee/Rob Hewer L 3&2

Jean Louis Aragon/Didier Largillier v Bryan Nickless/Chris Stevens W 2&1

Guillaume Michel/Frederic Stevens v Nic Brook/Paolo Minoli L 6&5

Romain Schneider/Guillaume Baraise v Andy Glen/Keith Malone L 5&4

Francois Scimeca/Damien Houles v Colin Hancock/Khalid Javed L 3&2

Fourballs

Jean Marc L’Henoret/Alan Geslin v Ian McIlgorm/Steve Lewis W 4&3

Remi Gourious/Arnaud Mulpas v Dylan Dronfield/Ian Woods Halved

Jean Louis Aragon/Jean Jacques Brehier v Jonny Bramley/Brian Lee L 2&1

Gilles Payet/Didier Largillier v Tim Allan/Rob Hewer W 1 up

Frederic Stevens/Remi Meyer v Nic Brook/Chris Stevens W 7&6

Guillaume Michel/Romain Schneider v Bryan Nickless/Keith Malone W 2&1

Ludovic Pont/Guillaume Baraise v Paolo Minoli/Khalid Javed L 2 down

Francois Scimeca/Damien Houles v Andy Glen/Colin Hancock W 4&2

Singles

Frederic Stevens v Ian McIlgorm W 4&3

Alan Geslin v Chris Stevens L 4&3

Remi Meyer v Steve Lewis L 5&4

Jean Marc L’Henoret v Nic Brook Halved

Arnaud Mulpas v Ian Woods W 6&4

Remi Gouriou v Dylan Dronfield W 4&3

Jean Louis Aragon v Jonny Bramley L 3&1

Didier Langillier v Brian Lee Halved

Gilles Payet v Tim Allan W 3&2

Jean Jacques Brehier v Rob Hewer L 1 down

Guillaume Michel v Bryan Nickless Halved

Romain Schneider v Colin Hancock L 3&2

Guillaume Baraise v Keith Malone L 1 down

Francois Scimeca v Andy Glen W 1 up

Damien Houles v Paolo Minoli L 3&2

Ludovic Pont v Khalid Javed W 1 up