Over a damp, chilly wet Autumnal weekend, Swashbucklers had some more cracking results.
Swashbucklers win the Caterham Cup
On Saturday, myself and Wayne faced up to James and Luke Carter in the final of the Caterham Cup, the 7days (summer!) doubles. Summer it wasn’t! We had some tough matches getting through and despite the challenge of organising doubles matches we were both chuffed to be in the final.
Last year, (now ex-) Swashbucklers Rob and Darren won the Caterham pairs cup, so Wayne and I wanted to keep the Swashbucklers ‘flag’ flying in the prize-giving this Christmas. Wayne was especially keen for having his name on the boards for the second time in a year having won the Blue Bogey in the summer from a certain G Loveless (capt). Wonder if that will be mentioned at all!
I think Luke and James were the 3rd father/son team we played, good to see more Juniors playing… and as Junior Champ this year, Luke does hits a mighty ball. A good, competitive game – it wasnt dazzling golf but a hole wasn’t halved till the 8th and remained all nip and tuck. Conditions were pretty good given the recent rain, wet sticky rough ate wayward balls quickly enough and the soft greens tried to remain true despite Wayne’s size 11’s hammering down on them.
We managed to open a small gap round the turn before seeing it squeezed down to one. We took the par5 14th and after halving the 15th, managed to come away with the win on the 16th 3&2. Wayne played very steady golf, and where I helped out with some putts and pars, Wayne’s put some great short irons into a few feet to pile on the pressure. He even listened to my read on a putt of his early in the round for a change… and holed it. Tidy.
Swashbucklers win the Altonwood Trophy
On Sunday, Phil and Daisy took on Stuart and Lindsay in the mixed doubles Final (which featured 3-right siders in the final…highlighted by Phil!). Phil sent over a match report… of such length and detail, it merited its own post.
Swashbucklers fill up top10 of Sunday’s Stableford
Al Saville’s march up the Order of Merit continued on Saturday coming in 5th with 37 points on Saturday’s Monthly Stableford. 7 Swashbucklers featured in the top10 on Sunday’s Stableford with the Yeti and Stevie Mc coming 2nd and 3rd with 38 points on a windy day. Shaun Newton’s winning 42 was a very good score given the conditions. Nice one Shaun.
On other fronts, the banter about this winter’s Ryder Cup matches is continuing to be healthy… the whole event should prove very entertaining. And yes, I can’t post about the weekend’s activities without mentioning Mark “All Hail” Wheddon who came in with 40 points on Saturday’s Swindle.