Match Result - Tennis: IC of GB 10 - 3 IC of France
Match Result - Golf: IC of GB 3 - 2 IC of France
Date: Friday 11th to Saturday 12th September 2015
Venue: Coutainville, France
The Maharajah of Kutch Trophy match involves tennis and golf for Seniors with two separate trophies - The Maharajah of Kutch Trophy for tennis - and Le Touquet Trophy for the golf. The IC of GB team was made up of 3 Ladies and 5 Men, Anne Clark, Pat Wire, Anthea Stewart, Derek Bradshaw, Bill Gowans, Benson Greatrex, David Martin and Mike Stotesbury. Due to the numbers involved, Caroline Greatrex, Tara Stotesbury and Keith Wire played golf as guests for the IC of GB and a local golfer Josette Clarke (whose husband is English!) also played for us.
Daniel Alexandre’s organisation was excellent, with a restaurant reserved for Thursday and Friday nights and the official dinner at Coutainville Golf Club on Saturday evening.
Attempting to regain the Tennis Trophy, after a narrow defeat two years ago at Moor Park, the team got off to a good start taking a 7-1 lead in Friday’s matches. Having retained the golf trophy with a draw in the previous match at Moor Park, Friday’s three 4-ball better ball golf matches, played at Granville Golf Club, a fine links course, finished with one win for each side and one match halved.
On Saturday the tennis matches got underway at about 10.30 and our winning streak continued, taking three of the five rubbers played, for the IC of GB to finish the match as 10-3 winners. In Saturday’s four 4-ball golf matches, played at Coutainville GC, an attractive course with 13 links holes and 5 parkland holes, the IC of GB managed to win two, lose one and halve the final match to end up with a 4-3 win.
Our thanks to the IC of France for their hospitality, with a special thank you to Daniel Alexandre who organised the match with his usual skill.
Results - IC of GB players listed first
Bill Gowans & Benson Greatrex beat Patrice Cauchard & Daniel Alexandre 6-3 6-4
Derek Bradshaw & David Martin beat Serge Terrade & Edouard Thamin 6-3 6-4
Pat Wire lost to Benedicte Le Grand 3-6 5-7
Anne Clark beat Marie Anne Sevestre 6-1 6-3
Anthea Stewart beat Isabelle Crudo 6-3 6-2
Derek Bradshaw & Anne Clarke beat Serge Terrade & Marie Anne Sevestre 6-2 6-3
Bill Gowans & Pat Wire beat Daniel Alexandre & Marie Anne Sevestre 6-1 6-4
David Martin & Anthea Stewart beat Edouard Thamin & Isabelle Crudo 7-6 6-2
Josette Clarke & Keith Wire beat Patrice Cauchard & Jacques Renavand
Benson Greatrex & Mike Stotesbury halved the match with Benedicte Le Grand & Thierry Pham
Caroline Greatrex & Tara Stotesbury lost to Michel Vaubrun & Antoine Le Grand
Benson Greatrex beat Patrice Cauchard 6-3 6-1
Derek Bradshaw lost to Serge Terrard 3-6 6-3 13-15
Bill Gowans & Anthea Stewart beat Sege Terrard & Benedicte Le Grand 6-1 6-0
David Martin & Pat Wire lost to Edouard Thamin & Marie Anne Sevestre 6-7 4-6
Anne Clark & Anthea Stewart beat Isabelle Crudo & Benedicte Le Grand 6-3 3-7 9-7
Benson Greatrex & Mike Stotesbury beat Jacques Renavand & Michel Vaubrun
Tara Stotesbury & David Martin lost to Jean Pierre Karsenty & Antoine le Grand
Josette Clarke & Keith Wire beat Benedicte le Grand & Philippe Lecornu
Caroline Greatrex & Derek Bradshaw halved the match with Patrice Cauchard & Thierry Pham