Swashies had made the day by the skin of their teeth – we’d nothing to lose so why not give it a go and get in amongst it! Weather threatened rain from 12 but it only came down after we were all in. Most of us finishing in t-shirts, it was a good job the forecast was wrong once again.
15 groups went out in 4balls representing each of the 4 qualifying Swindles on the day. Pace was fairly good we thought, after the 3rd we barely waited on shots and noone bought it up in the clubhouse after. Good.
My fourball of the Basher’s Alan “Doggie” Bassett, Andy “I could hear you 3 holes away Andy” Gorman, and the Pistols “oh is that 21 points for 9” Steve had a cracking game. Played in the best of spirits, Steve opened up on the front with his 21pts playing a very steady, impressive game. Andy had 3 birdies on the back9 to bring him back into the mix, but a bizarre lost ball on the 16th was his 2nd blob on the back but he still came home in with 17pts. I was one point up on the 18th against Steve, and after my 6iron approach spun back into the water – an up and down from the drop meant a point and I squeaked a half with Steve for 38pts against his 5 for 2. Andy came in 2nd and despite some solid play (and a massive drive on the 16th) Alan came a close 3rd.
Today saw some great scoring all round. Shot of the day was arguably young Sam who sunk a 45footer for birdie on the 18th in front of a full clubhouse. Usual story from Sam with eagles and birdies to win his group. Well done.
Swashies did well as the scores came in. Al Savs won, as did Dan Mason with 38, Tony with 39 and Dan Thompson with 40. Well done the all Swashies – I’ve probably missed more highlights but every point was hard fought and well deserved. As the scores were totalled, the Swashies had done themselves proud and taken the Finals Day (by itself) by 3pts. We did the same last year (and possibly the year before), but as with previous years we had just left ourselves with too much to do on the day to contend. Great effort from our boys though.
After some deliberation, turned out we had a tie for first beteween the Bashers and the Pistols. Eagles 2nd and Swashies 3rd.
Ruh oh, it’s a draw…. now what?
Congratulations to the Bashers! After some discussion, with plenty of opinions flying about, Paul G drew a line under things and declared that after discussion with both captains that the tied result was then taken back to the previous head-to-head between the respective Swindles and that the Bashers had won.
At least now, there is opportunity to clarify any situations of even ties happening in the future. Suggestions along the lines of a captain’s putt-out and even shirts off and fisticuffs on the 18th green were proposed to decide the winner as well as the option of halving of the title.
Keeping well out of it… as for the Swashies, unsurprisingly there was a bet arranged and organised by Wayne, we all had tenners in for 1st, 2nd, 3rd scores. Midway through, Dan Mason came in winning his 4ball with 38pts, halving the overall with myself. Only for Tony to rock up with his fantastic 39pts, who then in turn was denied at the last last by Dan Thompson sweeping in with 40.
Swashbucklers MVP is…
Perhaps somewhat unofficial, but from some clubhouse calculations, this year’s Most Valued Player for the Swashbucklers with an impressive total of 9pts in this year’s campaign is Dangerous Dan “the trousers” Mason.
Roll on next year’s Ryder Cup
I think everyone will agree that it again has been a great league. Despite some confusion today over the tied result, this is a social competition that we should all be proud of. I know of no other club who can even come close in fielding 5 full Swindle teams in a similar Winter-long competition. The clubhouse was buzzing before, during and after. Great stuff.
Some things are under discussion – for example it might well be that the Originals and Swashbucklers feature as a single team next year. Watch this space.
Personally I think we could spice up the Finals Day with perhaps a fiver per head resulting in nearest the pins prizes, a couple of longest drive by handicap, or nearest in two etc. Tony also suggested tweaking the matchplay league games with perhaps some greensomes or foursomes pairings. All this and more is worth discussing amongst next years’ Captains.
Finals Day is definitely a highlight of the golfing year for many in the Swindles, so congrats to the Bashers, commiserations and well done to the Pistols, well played the Eagles and yes… worth saying again (in a small voice)…the Swashies won the actual day at least!