33rd Salamander Cup, Fontainebleau
The weather forecasts were dire, with the pretournament chatter even envisioning an early return to the comfort of the clubhouse, repeating what I believe took place for the first edition in St. Cloud, full 33 years ago.
However on the day the sun shone as the 33 participants teed off, and it obligingly continued to do so while much of the field completed their round, with only the less fortunate high handicappers, playing last, subjected to a short but rather sharp shower.
The course was as usual in magnificent condition adorned with spring flowers ; it was the real winner, as no one managed to play their handicap, and many encountered diverse fortunes. Congratulations to Emmanuelle Peltre (85) & Avi Das (03), new holders of the Ladies and Men Salamander Cups. James Andrews (12) is credited with 21 gross points on his first appearance, bettered only by Ken Yoon (889). Nestor Casado (01) coming all the way from Brazil walked off with the Lanson Extra Age for winning the closest to the pin, and with one of the final drives of the day Baudouin Contzen (89) outdistanced Chris Skelton (79).
Ten nationalities were competing for the Nations Cup, retained by France (Benjamin Revillon (04) & Jean Cailliau (88) with the narrowest of margins in front of GB. The 10 Years After promo of 2004 (Nimo Obbohat & Benjamin Revillon again) won the Coupe des Promotions in front of 1979 & 1973. Those who stayed for dinner were rewarded with a delicious meal and solid wines served by the Fontainebleau restaurant.
Special thanks once again to camarades Reinold Geiger for the Occitane prizes, Olivier de La Giraudière for the Lanson, and James Jeynes for the Nike Fuel Bands.
Students’ Match, Augerville La Rivière
Meteorological predictions for the Students Match were not much better; and luckily proved wider of the mark, the entire match being played in dry conditions, on another splendid course, which would have provided ample opportunities for bird watching (the other sorts of birdies proving rather scarce) had not the struggle been so intense. Both teams were twenty strong,( if one includes Sally Skelton masquerading as a student).
There ensued a ding dong battle, the students under the able captainship of Maarten Rijs carrying the day for only the second time in the annals of the competition by 6 to 4, including two halved matches and others decided on the last green. The jubilations over lunch were intense, and carried on as the victorious students returned to campus to apparently a hero’s welcome – but ample compensation for all was provided by Mazorin’s generous gifts of its innovative Pre Meeting Face Freshener & Late Night Eye Wash products, which will also serve the diligent anciens, as well as Gille Bouché’s much appreciated books.
Salamander Cup Results
Coupe des Promotions of the IAA - Promo 2004 61 pts 1979 52pts 1973 43 pts
Coupe des Nations - France 65 pts GB 64 pts USA 59 pts Belgium 51 pts
Ladies Net : Emmanuelle Peltre Gross : Irina Tchoumatchenko
Men Net: Avijt Das Gross : Ken Yoon
Longest drive Baudouin Contzen
Closest to the pin Nestor Casado
Students Match Results