Team Rest of the World
Andrew Lyth (Captain)
Welcome to the Team Rest of the World Page.
As we count down to the final, this is to place to hear all the news from Team ROW captain Andrew Lyth, together with profiles of his team as the Rest of the World try to win the title in South Africa.
Captain's Blog - Final Thoughts
Sitting here in Heathrow airport waiting for my flight to America, I can now sit back and reflect on what was an absolutely amazing week we all had in Sun City. The spirit of competition was truly amazing and all 24 players really made this final the best one I’ve ever been on. From the start at the Virgin Clubhouse in Heathrow on Sunday until we said a tired goodbye this morning, everyone was simply superb! Winning was really just a bonus for team ROW.
This being the first trip to Africa for many of us, we all were blown away with the beauty of it. Wednesday's safari will be something we’ll never forget, getting to see 4 of the big 5 and then followed up by one of the many great meals with entertainment we had all week.
As always none of this would even take place without Luke and Paul, and the entire crew at Virgin Atlantic and the many other great sponsors the Swingers League has. We simply can’t thank them enough. Speaking with the rookies during the 5 days, they were truly blown away with how great this event is run and how every detail is taken care of. It was also great to see how eager everyone was to put a collection together to buy gifts for the team, it really shows how appreciative we all are for their hard work and support.
I’d like to personally thank my team for their great play and team work over the 3 days, it was a pleasure meeting and leading you this year. Many new friends were made and old friendships renewed, another bonus of being at these finals. I plan to see many of these people again!
One last thank you to Europe Captain Matt Bergh, a truly great guy and a pleasure to work with during the final.
Now it’s back to reality on Monday but it’s a little easier to deal with after such an amazing week!
Captain's Blog - Wednesday 14 September
With just days to go I can hardly contain my excitement of what lies ahead. Win or lose (hopefully win!) I know it’s going to be another memorable Virgin Atlantic Swingers final! The last few practice rounds have gone great, even matching my best ever score last weekend. Hopefully that all bodes well for next week in South Africa and hopefully my team mates are arriving in good form too.
It was great to see and be involved with all the good twitter banter lately, which I'm sure will only heat up over the next few days! And even though he's a part of team EUR, finalist James “statto” Gears stat tweets are always a good read, thanks James. And thanks also to all those Srixon Ambassadors tweets for their continued efforts to grow Swingers and help others #journeytobetter. I for one am sold on the AD333 Tour ball, thank you Mark Attwell!
I’ve had the pleasure of being in contact with the rest of my team via email. There have been some good communication about strategy for our matches, some preferred pairings and match ups. Hopefully this puts us in hunt for the title, but i’m sure EUR captain Matt is working on his own strategy and getting plenty of assistance too.
For all of those who’ll be flying out on Sunday, I look forward to meeting you and sharing a few cocktails in the lounge and kick off what I know will be a fun and competitive week in fabulous Sun City!
Captain's Blog - Friday 9 September
This week, Team ROW Captain Andrew Lyth introduces his team, but firstly a few words about Andrew.
Andrew, our Kiwi from Houston, Texas is making his sixth final appearance out in Sun City. Playing his golf at Wildcat GC, his appointment as captain is long overdue. Andrew is the lowest handicapper on the team. A big hitter, with a reputation for a cool head under pressure. He’s well known and respected amongst his team and this is going to make them a very strong unit at this year’s final.
So over to you Andrew......
Our first rookie is Matthew Carrett, an Englishman living in Botswana and playing his golf at Phakalane GE. Matt has the advantage of having played regularly at Sun City and what’s more is playing a competition on the Gary Player course just one day prior to the final! His experience is going to be of massive importance to me.
Returning from last year for his second final, Scotsman Duncan lives in Cape Town and plays his golf at Milnerton GC. Duncan blew away the competition at the top of ROW Club Swingers Division 1 and will once more be one of the toughest competitors come Sun City. I expect him to be a key player at the final.
It’s a big welcome back to one of the most popular finalists of all time, Andrew 'Dolphin' Davies, the Welshman living in Indiana. Playing his golf at West Chase GC, Andrew is making his fourth final experience but first since Season 8. Andrew is one of two members of the team to have experienced a previous ROW final win, and he has the ability to be a match winner as well as the funniest member of the team!
Steve du Preez
Former captain now in his fourth final, Steve plays his golf at Bryanston GC in South Africa and has the shortest journey to the final. One of our most competitive golfers, Steve will relish the opportunity to ‘host’ the final in his own country and I expect his captaincy experience to really help out me out across the week.
Our second rookie and second South African, it feels like Clinton has been a Swinger for ever! He only joined last year, playing his golf predominantly at Durban Country Club. He lives and breathes Swingers taking part in nearly all the society days including the US day two years running. If ever a Swinger deserved a spot in the final, it’s this guy! Good luck Clinton!
Our third rookie is Peter Honigmann from Pennsylvania who plays his golf at Cedarbrook Country Club. This is actually Peter’s eighth season as a Swinger so I'm delighted that he has finally qualified and about to compete in his first ever final. He’s sure to be a valuable member of my team.
Brian qualified directly from the US day back in July to seal his place in his fifth final in six seasons. From the stunning Laguna Beach in Southern California, Brian plays his golf at Monarch Beach, one of our former final venues. Good friend with several team members including myself, he is sure to be part of a very strong team spirit ready to take on Team Europe.
Tom plays his golf at Pine Grove in Massachusetts, and is competing in his fifth final. He’s the second member of this team to have tasted victory back in Season 7, and I hope he will have another one to add to his collection this time. Tom, a true gentleman, a big Spurs supporter (I won't let that come betweeen us!) and one of the most loyal Swingers has competed since Season 2.
Our fourth rookie, Emir comes from Barbados and in fact is a member at the former final venue Apes Hill. He is also the second Apes Hill member to qualify for the final after Gary Jones made it two finals in two years in S12 and S11. Emir finished top of US Club Division One in his first season as a Swinger and caps it off with a spot at Sun City!
Our fifth and final rookie is Derald Williams from Antigua who plays his golf at Cedar Valley GC and is competing in his fifth season as a Swinger. Derald will bring his enthusiasm all the way to Sun City where I'm are sure he will prove a very popular team member. I look forward to having you on board Derald!
Bill plays his golf at Crossing at Carlsbad and is competing in his fourth final. Bill is a popular member of Swingers and his sense of fun and smile will keep spirits high throughout the week. A regular supporter of the US days, Bill has been a loyal supporter of Swingers for many years. Look out for his infamous head cover Kenny who is always popular amongst the crew!
Have a great weekend
Captain's Blog - Tuesday 1 September
After a long very hot summer playing some good golf, going from that feeling of disappointment thinking you’ve just missed out on the Season 13 final in a dream location, to that euphoric feeling when I woke up 9 days ago to that all important ROW team confirmation email was amazing! Fast forward to today and being asked to Captain the ROW just adds to my excitement. Being Captain was something I’ve always wanted to do, so in my 6th final I’m hoping to lead ROW to victory!
As I look at both squads, they look very strong this season and I see the golf being very competitive. I was looking forward to getting revenge on Hugh O’Connor for the singles win he got over me in Miami in Season 9, and maybe I still will…
Every season it’s really great to see a good mix of first timers and returning finalists. Some returning finalists have become good friends who I get to see outside of the great Virgin Atlantic events. Also reuniting with other past finalists, some as far back as my first final in season 5 is something I’m really looking forward to along with welcoming new finalists to the fantastic event the swingers final has become! I’m particularly looking forward to seeing the big welshman Andrew “Dolphin” Davies dominate the Palace Hotel swimming pool during our free time!
As always a huge thank you has to go to Paul, Luke, and the amazing team at Virgin Atlantic along with all our other great sponsors without whom this great event would not happen. I look forward to the many emails twitter banter, and stats, between now and when we finally meet up in 17 days in the fabulous Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse in Heathrow.