Posted on behalf of Phil
On a beautifully sunny but windy day, Daisy and myself finally got to the tee to defend our title in the final of the Altonwood Trophy, the Summer mixed pairs.
Over a month late and like all these matches, not easy to schedule. We were up against the same pairing that we met in the Winter Greensomes final, Stuart and Lindsay Massey, old friends and fellow Right Sided golfers. Stuart is also my 5 day partner, so much in common aside from, of course, the handicaps, Stuart and Dais of one and two and me and Linz 20 and 30, in what other sport could us four compete against each other?
After Hew and Wayne’s fantastic win in the seven day pairs final on Saturday, I felt a little added pressure to keep The Swashbuckler flag flying on Sunday and I knew it wasn’t going to be easy. Playing against The Mass never is, he is an exceptional golfer and still, I believe the best golfer at the club, all due respect to his son and friend, Jax. I knew the windy conditions would suit him too as Denzil and myself have discussed on many occasions, Stuart plays great in the wind and I knew we would have to be fully prepared.
So I had a lesson on Friday, with Stuart’s brother! Daisy in attendance, practise round Saturday, early night, plenty of exercise and stretching in the morning and an hour on the range with Daisy before hand. Dais took it all in her stride as she always does, turned up and played, and although she hasn’t got her ball striking back to where she wants it, she played great, won plenty of holes and made some great putts including a cracker to make birdie on the 4th.
We got off to a good start and were 3 up at the turn, we stretched that to 4 up and then Lindsay started to come good, making a natural par at the 12th, luckily I did the same so we stayed ahead, we all hit the green on the 13th, 3 pars and a 4 so nothing moved again. Dais and I then lost the plot a bit on 14 and by the time we got to the green I told them both to pick their markers up, their hole, Mass said ‘but we need one of these putts to win’ very sporting indeed, especially with the score as it was, I’d said it though, so a hole back to them and now we were 3 up with 4 to play (never wins does it?).
We halved the 15th so were now dormie 3, we then lost the 16th, so dormie 2 and it’s times like this that you start to think……but, we kept our nerve, well Daisy did and she nailed her second to 5 ft and it was pretty much game over, Stuart hit the green too but picked the markers up when we got there, we shook hands and it was all over. Funny moment on the 10th green when Stuart decided to involve Lindsay a bit more and asked her over to give him a read on his 15ft putt, she squatted down in front of him but looked some 10 ft right of the hole, he was a bit puzzled until he realised that she was looking at a leaf, thinking it was the hole!, he didn’t bother getting a read from her and we all had a giggle.
A really enjoyable match, very sporting and all played in the right spirit. It was then Guinness time of course, the sport in which I excel, some say I could be off scratch if it was handicapped. Roll on the Winter matches.