Posted on behalf of Graham CC Loveless
So the day had come to play the 2015 Summer Mixed final – be it on a rather late Summer Sunday in November. The previous day had seen high winds and heavy rain but this year’s Remembrance Sunday started dry and somewhat mild. Myself and Carol Newman met with our opponents Lee ‘The Machine’ and Sharon (Mrs Machine?) Snashfold. Shots against Lee were agreed with myself getting 5, Carol 9 and Sharon 17.
Traditional handshakes and kisses all round followed by few comments around why were we playing a summer final in November with bunkers GUR, winter rules, etc…etc… and off went to the first tee.
The tone of the match was set on the first when Carol sunk her first putt of the day from 10 to 12 feet for net par. Sharon then followed up with her own 8 footer for the half.
Myself and Lee halved the 2nd with pars.
Sharon took the 3rd with a net par (my contribution to the hole was to put two balls in the water).
One up to the Snashfolds after 3.
Carol won the next hole back with a net par.
All square after 4
The next 3 holes were halved. Carol just missed out on winning the 7th with a great birdie chance after a cracking tee shot to the green. Her par halved the hole with Sharon’s net par.
My tee shot on the 8th hit the tree and my ball was never seen again. Carol kept us going with a solid bogey but we lost the hole to a very good par from Lee.
One up to the Snashfolds after 8
Carol and Sharon halved the 9th with net pars and off went the ladies to powder their noses.
At the 10th tee commented to me about how tough the match was but I was having a lovely time being carried by Mrs Newman.
Carol and Lee halved the 10th with bogey 5s.
After some debate on the 11th green as to whether Sharon had chipped in from off the green for a 6 net 5 or 5 net 4 it was agreed her score was 6 net 5. Carol played two putts from around 8 feet to take the hole with a 5 net 4.
All square after 11
I won the 12th with a solid par just missing the birdie.
One up to Newman/Loveless after 12.
I stuck my tee shot on 13 to around 6’ and while Lee made par from the far left hand side of the green I sunk the birdie putt.
Two up to Newman/Loveless after 13.
By this time the wind was now getting up but Lee did really well to find the centre of the par 5 green in 3. I stuck my 4th in the green side bunker. Carol (with a shot) managed to make it to the green in 5 and made a net bogey. Lee’s second putt went agonising close but failed to drop and the hole was halved. To us it felt like a win and I am sure it felt like a loss to our opponents.
Score remained at 2 up 4 to play.
Myself and Lee halved the 15th with good pars and the 16th beckoned with shots all round.
Good drives from all four players with myself and the ladies finding the fairway and Lee finding the light rough by the new trees. Sharon and Carol both found the heavy rough on the right with their second shots. I fired a carefully hit 5 wood centre right that ended in the light rough about 15-20 yards short of the bunkers.
Lee threw “the kitchen sink” into his second shot clearly wanting to make the green in two as he was giving everyone a shot … but it didn’t come off and the ball only progressed 50 yards out of the light round and down the fairway. Lee’s third was a truly excellent shot and disappeared behind the bunkers with the flag at the front of the green – it had to be close!
Walking up the fairway Lee’s ball was only a couple of feet from the pin. Both Sharon and Carol made it to the green in 4 (net 3). I stuck my 3rd shot to around 6 to 8 feet to the left hand side of the pin.
Carol and Sharon played out finishing with net 5s. I lined up my par part to take the match which shaved the right hand edge of the hole and I was given the putt (for net 4) so we were now dormie 2 assuming Lee would make his short putt. Normally you would put your house on Lee making that putt but I am sure the hole must have looked like a pin prick on the green and unfortunately for Lee the ball didn’t drop for him. The match was over with us winning the hole and it was time to hit the bar.
Both myself and Carol would like to thank Lee and Sharon for a really good match and the 3 and 2 result doesn’t reflect just how tight the game was.