Salamander Golf Society

37th Salamander Cup & Students’ Match

Fontainebleau and Cely, 25&26 May, 2018

A heatwave and a late summer storm in spring characterised this season’s traditional meeting.

Luckily, the storm waited until the prizes had been distributed and the last glass of kir quaffed on the terrace before onsetting.  Before that, we were treated to the course under its best auspices, brilliant sunshine, immaculate greens, and luxuriant foliage. Those who made frequent diversions from the fairways were rewarded by the discovery of the last lilies of the valley still in bloom, and doubtless the discovery of another wayward ball to replace their own, with Louis XIV’s oak from 1640 smiling benignly down.

In these favourable circumstance, Benjamin Revillon broke the record of Salamander Cup scores, returning 42 net to win the coveted trophy for the first time, while Emmanuelle Peltre completed her hat trick, retaining the Salamander Ladies Cup for the third time.

Benjamin was ably abetted by Maurice Langlois  to win the Nations’ Cup for France for the nth time, with 77 points between them, while the Coupe des Promotions went to David Kitterick & Nico de Ridder of 2008, edging out the 1973 Olivier Seigneur & Peter Skelton (only two promotions qualified!). Ken Yoon was the longest driver and Jacques Demol the closest to the pin among the men; rookie Kelly Chen was the longest among the ladies, but none was sufficiently precise to reach the green.

The sun reappeared to greet students and valiant anciens foregathering the following day at Cely. The Students  fielded a strong team to retain the cup won the previous year, including Daniel Schmiedling with a handicap of -3 – who actually went round in 3 under par. Partnered by the Captain, Konstantin Synetos, they were irresistible to a pair which included Thierry Pascault, a reinforcement from the Wharton Alliance, but Jin Chung and our honourable founder Gunther restored equality with an emphatic victory. And so the scores seesawed from match to match, resulting in a perfectly symmetrical result of 3 all, with two draws.

Thus, everyone was able to enjoy a delicious lunch in the open, with the memories of an excellent round still fresh in the mind. If Cely lacks the ancient, secluded grandeur of Fontainebleau, it is a most picturesque setting, abounding in wildlife. Fluffed shots were derided by flocks of honking geese, mother ducks shepherding their ducklings across certain greens quacked at missed puts, while swallows swooping over the streams, and dragonflies dancing completed the rustic harmony.

Our gratitude does to camarades Henry Engelhardt, Reinhold Geiger and Olivier de La Giraudi√®re, for their support with the prizes. Also Entre 2 Retros   for their innovative travel accessories and to Monsieur Uhlen of UGolf for the extra green fees, distributed to those requiring more practice. And finally to Luigi Mencarelli, for facilitating the shotgun start at Cely, no mean feat on a busy Saturday morning.  


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