Only had 7 souls today as it was the first day of tour for some, and others were also away on their travels. Colin had his arm-twisted to dig deep and stick a tenner in for a change. And *shock* *horror* *gasp*, he took the win away from me by two points on a mighty 32! Such a pity it wasnt qualifying so we could cut him.
Shot of the day went to young Peter who after having a frustrating 4 blobs in a row, managed to hole his second from his longest drive on the 15th. Two bounces and straight in. Great shot.
Stevie squeezed out in Round1 of Matchplay
Hot from a decent round yesterday, Stevie was up to carry on his good form into a match as we were pulled out first for the 2016 Knockout. Good for me too I suppose as I also hit the ball quite well on Saturday, so it was setup to be a bit of a ding-dong with only 2shots going Stevie’s way.
The anti “prize” was to decide the “Matty Strong Wooden Spoon Award” for going out first… in the first round.
Nothing really between us on the front9, some steady play… nothing of great note, but anything loose was punished by the other person steadily parring for the hole. Good drive on the 8th helped setup a par for me as Stevie’s approach skidded through the back. We made the turn and I was one up.
Sticking a chip close for a gimmie birdie on 10th and a good drive on 11th meant I was 3 up on 12th tee. Once again, the whistling of “The Great Escape” started from Mr McNally, and sure enough after halving 12 and 13 in pars, he won the 14th and 15th to bring him back to 1down with 3 to play.
His long bunker shot from the fairway bunker on the 15th was very special. Dropped on a 10p peice, barely 3 feet from the flag… despite being given the hole, the big girlie left the putt 4inches short.
16th turned the game. My wayward drive forced a lay up, but Steve found the sand by the green, hit it too far through from the bunker and a 3putt saw us half his final shot hole with my 5 vs. his 5 nett 6. I’d gotten out of a jail.
17th was halved in pars and the 18th beckoned with only 1 hole in it.
Stevie pushed his drive right whilst I landed just short of the bunkers and escaped the sand. Needing a win, Steve cracked a great 3wood from the deep rough but didnt get the required turn and it found the water. My punchy 3wood was quite naff and the follow up chip onto the wasnt much to talk about. Solid approach from the drop had Steve putting for a possible 5 but came just short for a 6 and I closed it out with a 5.
Portugal tour underway
Jim’s selfie from the fellas enjoying their first beer in the sun.