Posted on behalf of Philip
So it was our kill or be killed match, pretty much everything hanging on it, including our reputations and pride. Weather forecast was awful after a great day Saturday so it looked like it was going to be who could stay the driest and keep their patience. Didn’t turn out that way though, in fact it was a lovely day, warm and dry.
A last minute change for us when Jane came down with ‘woman flu’ and Matt Strong stepped back into the frame, thank you for that mate, particularly knowing the weather forecast.
The usual banter as Mr Loveless and myself read out our pairings, we pretty much knew who their team would be and I am sure they did ours. Hew and myself lead the way against Graham A and Henk, first time we have played together since my new knee was fitted and I was really looking forward to it, wasn’t bothered who we drew, we never are but it all came out of the hat very nicely.
Dan T turned up to be our unofficial substitute, later our cheerleader and all round supporters club, so well done Dan for your support all day.
Off we trucked and didn’t have a great start but held our own until Henk made par on 4 with a shot, he had 17 shots so any par he was going to make would more than likely win a hole. Thought we had got it back on 5 but he holed a reasonably long putt for a half so we were still one down, same through 6 and 7. I made par on 8 and 9 for two wins so at the turn we were one up and felt like we were starting to turn the tables, Hew made a fantastic birdie on 10, clipping a wedge of some sort to 2 foot and easily holing the putt, 3 up. Really gaining momentum now. I made a 5 on 11 for a half and a 6 on 12 for a win and now 4 up. Hew birdies 13, the only ’no shot hole’ for a win and then birdies 14 for a half!! as Henk holes a 10 footer to keep the match alive. We both comfortably par 15, both going for the birdie and both missing, but either of the pars was enough for a 4 and 3 win. Really enjoyed the match and the company.
Mark and Dan M came in grinning like Cheshire cats after their 7 & 5 win over the ladies, Dan had 41 points and Mark came in wherever he didn’t (apparently) so great result chaps, shame it’s not Surrey Hills styli.
Lee F and Al G, a great 1 up win over tough opposition, Brian C and vice captain Simon.
Then the first singles pair come in and the humbled captain Graham Lovely, shyly enters the clubhouse to quietly announce that he’d been smashed to bits by one of the best golfers at the club, Mr Scott Yule. Who would want to draw Scotty on his day, or any day come to that, he doesn’t have many bad ones, a great win mate.
So we’ve won all four matches so far, looking good and Mr Lovely looking a bit concerned when the word ‘whitewash’ was being banded about. It was not to be though as Matt Strong and Richie lose 2 and 1 to what I considered to be the toughest pair of the draw, Bryan H and Johnny C, Bryan lethal on his day and capable of beating anyone.
Then the long wait for the last three singles matches, when we saw Snasher drop his putter after Rob Hance holed the putt on 18, we knew he had lost, he played great golf though so Rob must have been on fire.
A while later Wayne returns with a 3 and 2 win over Assif, well done mate, not easy opposition. Some time later, we calculated 4 hours and 59 minutes, Tony B and Mushtaq get to the 18th, we knewTony was dormie two so what a fab result for him to come off with a half, never say die, well played Tony.
Overall a great result and leaves us in a good position for next Saturday against The Early Birds, according to out mathematicians, we only need 3 points to go through but we won’t be thinking of that…..will we? We will be out to win every match. The job is not done yet.
Well done to all and thank you once again to Mark and Lee F for their help and support.