Posted on behalf of Surrey Hills Captain Wayne
Clearly not having a enough wind ruining our golf cards on Saturday, the Surrey Hills team headed over to Farleigh for our next away fixture in Surrey Hills on Sunday. This was the first of our three away matches and saw us taking on the ‘auld enemy! We went into the match with a commanding 42 point lead on Reigate Hill… and Farleigh not far behind them.
Having the extra game in hand, it was important not to relinquish any of those hard-earned points from our home victories.
The team only changed five times in the week before (!!), before we got the final ten that played on Sunday. “The Farleigh boys” changed the course from the usual ‘Blue & Red’ to ‘Red & Yellow’ nines, which meant we were all teeing off into wind, which was not expected, but having played Weybrook in gust of +30 mph the day before, it didn’t seem quite as challenging as normal.
Always a great game at Farleigh. They are all very, very competitive and especially keen to make sure they take the win when hosting at their place. They’ve had three matches at home so far this year, two close against Reigate and Surrey Downs, only Woldingham getting a bit of shoeing.
Hew & Grant v Paul & Mike
Grant having requested an early tee time saw him and Hew getting the first match underway, little did I know that it was only to get back in the clubhouse to watch the Gooners! Grant was quick to give us updates on the football and said he felt like the one down score line was a win in those conditions. Paul is very steady off 4 or 5, hitting a solid reliable low ball into the strong wind, and Mike was turning a few loose drives into solid nett pars or birdies from some top recovery play. Hew was steady, level gross on the front, and Grant warmed up on the back nine helped by his hybrid from either 220yards or chipping with it off the green! Farleigh boys played well and gave nothing away but with 3 down with 3 to play, Hew & Grant dug in to win the 16th & 17th and after Hew hit the pin on the 18th from his approach, they just failed to sneak the half thanks to a long range putt from Mike. Brilliant effort from both players, which gave a steady start.
FINAL SCORE 1 down
Lee & Ritchie v Mark & Darren
Unfortunately the next pairing had a tough match – their opponents getting up and down from everywhere I heard. Looking at going down by quite a few – 7down with 6 to play I think – our boys ground out the last holes in gritty style to finish 6down. Grinding out the last holes probably made the difference on the day. Better luck next time lads.
FINAL SCORE 6 down
Rob & Wayne v Terry & Kevin
Me & Rob played this fixture a couple of years ago, so having me winning at Weybrook the day before with 37 points and Rob in second place with 33 points, we were hopefully going to continue our form into the match. We got away to quick 2 up after three holes with me making back to back birdies, but the Farleigh boys used their shots well, which saw us going to the back nine all square. Both me & Kevin made birdies to halve the tenth, but then having driven the par 4, I was hopeful of restoring our lead, but a three putt from 50 feet was only good enough for another halve. We then took a commanding lead over the next four holes, winning all of four of them and with another 50 feet putt on the eighteen, we manged to walk off with good win.
FINAL SCORE 5 UP
James C & Woody v Craig & Bryan
Yet another new pairing for Vice Captain James with all the last minute team changes. They battled well on front nine, coming off all square, but Craig had very different expectations and smashed up the back nine. Again, another good fight, but with the tough conditions this gave the Farleigh boys a major upper hand.
FINAL SCORE 7 DOWN
Andy & Kevin v Leo & Tony
Our man in top top form, Andy was raring to go against Farleigh, after shooting a very impressive 43 points in the last competition and who better to play with, Kev Perry the blue bogey Champion! Surely nothing else was expected other than a win and they did not disappoint. Apparently they should have won by more, so let’s hope for a bigger win at Woldingham boys!
FINAL SCORE 7 UP
So, Surrey National lose away by just 2
A great team effort saw the team just losing the match 46 to 44 points, but to be honest I would have loved a 45 / 45 draw to match Reigate Hill’s away result to the Farleigh boys, but in very windy conditions this was a fantastic result.
Our next match is against our sister club Woldingham on the Saturday of the bank holiday weekend (24/08/2019), so please come and see me, if your game is in good check, because we need to grab has many points as possible for our last away game at Surrey Downs and hopefully the title for the second time!
Again, please put Friday 11 October 2019 at Farleigh for finals day in your diaries.