Dreamland Golf Club vs Kazan Golf Club.
Saturday the 6th of October – Dreamland Golf Club hosted twelve golfers for the first match between Kazan Golf Club and Dreamland Golf Club Baku. With direct flight between Azerbaijan and Kazan (Russia) golfers took the opportunity at the end of their golf season by visiting Baku and meeting our members for a club match. With some challenging October weather the first 6 holes gave the early matches a true test. Kazan captain Sayfutdinov Aydar and playing partner Kurbanov Ramil were paired against 2017 Dreamland Club Champions Rob O’Donoghue and Sean Harrison with initial points (2-1) awarded to Baku for a win. The same score was recorded for the second group of Alistair Macduff and Wade Droney from Dreamland who played against Pasechnik Sergey and Kuznetsov Ivan putting Baku in the lead. Kazan fought back well with the mid-table matches with Chris WoodWoolley and Tadeus Herrold losing to Safin Aydar and Shagiakhmetov Ilshat and Ray Irving and Mark Javie unable to defeat Matveed Andrey and Markelov Sergey bringing the scores to 8pts to 4pts in favor of the visitors.
Ruslan Jafarov and Rashan Aliyev fought strongly against Karimov Rustem and Tripuk Evgeniy, but Kazan team played so well increasing their lead to 11pts to 4pts. The last flight of the day was played by the inform pairing of Tural Velizade and Ray Jacques, however despite a 77 gross from Tural they could only earn 1pt for Baku against the strength of players Sagdeev Bayzat and Gumerov Askhat. Congratulations to Kazan on winning the friendship trophy by 13pts to 5pts. We look forward to a return match next summer in Kazan to claim the trophy back!