Perhaps for the first time ever, though open to opinion, there was but one player who had ever traded in the Ring. A sign of the times perhaps, as the rest of the party was composed of physical traders and senior management figures.
Group: David Farrar, John Ambery, Steven Spencer and Tanya Epshteyn
At the end of the day the party returned to Leeds to check in to the hotel – a Hilton – to find that the car park must have been designed in the ‘60s for Morris Minors, or possibly Austin Sevens for those old enough to have seen one. Suffice to say no James Bond car chase scene could have been filmed in it, requiring as it did several bays to be blocked off to allow three, five or seven point turns to get up and down the ramps.
Day Three GANTON: An hour and a half’s drive brought us to Ganton, close to the North Sea coast near Scarborough.
Group: Clockwise left to right: Jan, Edward, David Farrar, John, Steven, Allan, Seamus, Oksana and Tanya, David Littlestone, David Ratcliffe
Day Four – MOOR ALLERTON: A complete change of design awaited us on the fourth day as we arrived at Moor Allerton, the home of the late lamented Peter Alliss. Designed by Trent Jones, this was a hilly parkland course with some tricky holes that required thought and a careful choice of club, there being a lot of ditches and streams at inconvenient distances.
Tanya, Edward Sawbridge and Jan Rommer, who had played throughout with a shoulder injury, went out first in a threeball, David Littlestone, having struggled throughout the tour, being unable to play. Tanya shot a creditable 29.
The second group out was Seamus O’Connell and Allan Kerr, both of whom scored 32 points, playing with Steven Spencer who didn’t score 32 points.
The last group, the Captain, the Vice Captain, John Ambery and Tanya’s guest Oksana Ivanyk, were keenly awaited in the clubhouse, where Tanya was the early leader as things stood with a total of 112 points over the four rounds she was able to play. The Captain started on 124 points but would have only 101 points after dropping his worst score of just 23. John Ambery was on 129 points but only 97 points after dropping his worst score of 29. The Vice Captain, David Farrar was on 103 points, but a net 82 after dropping his lowest score. Oksana who, not being a member, could not win the trophy, was on 106 points, net 83.
Should the Captain’s last round score score be 4 points less than John’s but with both scoring more than 29, John’s worst score, the Captain would win.
David Farrar finished on 31, bringing him to 113, a point higher than Tanya’s total. Oksana scored 33 for a creditable 117 point total.
Meanwhile the Captain and John went head to head until John slipped up and registered only 24 points, his new lowest score. This might have helped, as it replaced his previous worst of 29, thus making his best four rounds a total of 126. But the Captain once again steadied his ship and came in with 32 points and a total of 133 to win the 2021 Foster Plate.
Image: The plaque commemorating the 1929 Ryder Cup. The first to be played on British soil.