34th Salamander Cup, & Students’ Match, Fri. & Sat. 22nd & 23rd May, 2015
34th Salamander Cup, Fontainebleau
The timing of the competition could not have been better – after a prolonged period of Parisian dull and chilly weather, the sun returned to shine on the 39 participants from 10 different nationalities who faced up to the formidable bunkers waiting to swallow up a weak drive on the first hole. The number might have been less, due to the enforced absence of our Président d’Honneur, but it was made up by last minute recruits from the 5 and 10 years after jollies, who rightly preferred the fairways to the amphitheatres.
The course was as usual in immaculate condition, with the massive and magnificent oak trees planted under Louis XIV in 1640 beaming down benignly on duffed and well struck shots alike. Despite the clemency of the weather, and the generosity of the Fontainebleau ‘slope’, the course, with its carries over heather and gorse which seem to get longer with the passing of the years, proved less indulgent, and net scores ranged well below handicap levels. The fly-past of antique aircraft therefor provided some light relief from the travails down below.
However, one shining exception – Mihir. Having ended up with the wooden spoon last year, he carried off the Salamander Cup this year, scoring 42 points, six ahead of his nearest pursuant, newcomer Christophe Guyomard, confirming the biblical precept that the last shall be first. Norma Demol was rewarded by ferrying the Ladies Salamander Cup back from Geneva by winning the privilege of ….returning it to Geneva. Rich Robinson, our Southern hemisphere representative (along with Nestor Casado) returned a very creditable 22 gross points, and the Demols swept the board on the longest drive, with Norma & Jacques winning their respective categories. Despite a larger British presence, France retained the Nations Cup and the rampant 2010 romped off with the Coupe des Promotions, pipping 1989 and 1977, despite the latter amassing 5 players.
Those remaining for the dinner in the clubhouse were rewarded with an excellent repast starting with lentils, smoked salmon, and a correctly poached egg washed down with a delicious Pouilly Fumé.
Special thanks once again to camarades Reinold Geiger for the Occitane prizes, Olivier de La Giraudière for the Lanson, champagne.
Students’ Match, Augerville La Rivière
Following early morning mists and alarums of late arrivals for the 8.30 tee off, the Students match also benefitted from a sunny day, allowing for lunch on the Chaterau d’Augerville terrace. The students, spotted the day before practising at Fontainebleau, were not daunted by the waters of the Essonne, (now carrying a good number of my balls down to the sea),
In contrast to Fontainebleau, the aerial display at Augerville was provided by a couple of gliders gracefully circling overhead during part of the round.
The magnificence of the setting, which never ceases to impress, compensates for the third victory of a student team over the alums, even if the 4 to one defeat was the heaviest yet endured. However, it was close, four of the five head to head matches finishing on the last green, including that of Ian Edwards who struggled heroically alone against a pair of students. At least they will all be on our side next year.
Thanks again to the generosity of Reinold Geiger for the Occitane prizes, as well as to Gille Bouché for his much appreciated books.
Salamander Cup Results
Coupe des Promotions of the IAA - 1. Promo 2010 75 pts (Mihir Jaramayan & Mark Dembitz) 2. 1989 54 pts (Ken Yoon & Quoc Tran Dinh) 3. 1977 52pts (James Stewart & Olivier de Beausacq)
Coupe des Nations - 1. France 71 pts (Frédéric Guyomard & Jean Cailliau) 2. GB 61 pts (Ian Edwards & Avi Das) 3. Belgium 55 pts (Patrick Ugeux & Jacques Demol)
Ladies Net : Caroline Edwards Gross : Norma Demol
Men Net : Mihir Jayaraman Gross : Rich Robinson
Longest drive Norma Demol & Jacques Demol