Wednesday 29th January 2014 will go down in the history books of Aphrodite Hills Golf, as the first Members ‘v’ Golf Staff Match Play Challenge for the Masters Cup. The event was organised by staff member, Stewart McMahon and the Club Captain, John O’Neill, ably assisted by Tony Raphael.
The forecasted weather for the event was showery, but this could not dampen both teams’ enthusiasm. The Members carefully selected their team and due to the popularity of the event, they had to draw straws to select reserves. Tony Raphael drew a short straw and became marshal for the event; he had a posse of ‘marshalettes’ in Tina Raphael, Linda O’Neil and Carole O’Dowd, who, at times also seemed to be cheerleaders for their partners and fellow Members! The Members team was a closely guarded secret, the envelope was opened and the teams announced. The following players lined up:
Yiannis Zographakis & Paris Panyides Andrew Darker & Adam Collinson
David O’Dowd & Ray Smith David Hollows & Stephanos
Yiannis Demetriou & Matt Wake Stewart McMahon & David Stone
John O’Neil & David Morris Robby Robinson & Mark Cole
Christine Smith & Irene Wake Yvonne Preene & Chryso Iasonos
The tone was set, morale high, expectations slightly lower, abilities to be proven and a lot of rustiness to be taken from many of our Staff’s golf swings!
The match produced some good golf and overall it was the game of Golf that was the real winner. The great game was played in good weather, good spirits and with a great sporting sense. It was followed by the traditional visit to the 19th for food and beverages, kindly donated by the Director of Golf, Andrew Darker. The Club Captain, John O’Neil then gave an excellent speech, in which he had the unenviable task in announcing the match score.
The first winners of the Masters Cup were the Staff, who gained a five-nil result, in the first game of 2014. We all look forward to the second game later this year! Many thanks to all who participated, organised, kept the Golf element open, and to all those who supported such a great day in the history books of Aphrodite Hills.