First really chilly weekend for the Swindle. Saturday had a sharp wind and the greens were holding but were also solid rock an inch down from the cold weather.
Sunday was again bright and cold but a harder frost left most greens like glass. Couldn’t take the golf seriously as approaches were bouncing once and clearing the green by 20yards. Comedy, the golf really needed a sense of humour…. more than usual.
Jaggsy cleaned up by taking nearly everything on the card with a solid 36pts, pipping Mr Strong by a point. 16 odd played, good numbers. Jaggsy’s fourball had some erratic golf. Al Savs and Johnny C both level gross after 9 but finding themselves two down in their Swindle game. birdies flying around but the scores weren’t spectacular. Backdoor had an eagle on the 12th, a birdie on the 14th… but still came in with 26pts!
Evening was the Christmas ball, a very good evening enjoyed by those attended.
Wayne storms it with 37 pts. Scottie was highly chuffed to come in with 27 off of +2 (a great round) and heard that two scores in were already in with 25. Shots back perhaps? Hopes quickly faded when he heard that 27 turned out to be the standard scratch.! Tough going Mr Yule. [Ed: Score fixed!]
Wayne won by a bundle of shots, 37 was clearly some very good golf in the winter conditions.
Photo of the weekend was supplied by Dan Thompson who took a pic of his ball coming to rest 2 inches ahead of Jaggsy’s on the 15th longest drive competition.
Match report: Jaggsy and I pip Dan’s Tully and Mason on the 19th
Jaggsy and I squared up to the two Dan’s in the first round of the Winter Greensomes. 8shots to give and Matt and I knew we were up against it from the start. Not shots till the 4th and we managed to arrive two-up after solid pars on the 1st and 3rd. Iced, bouncy greens, really couldn’t take it seriously but made for really good matchplay.
Holes exchanged from then on and we hit the turn 1up but lost the 10th to a ball thinned up against the fence and simply lost in the leaves. The golf was steady if not spectacular, Dan Tully hitting some big drives, and Dan Mason pinging in some great irons. Both of their short games were very solid all the way round.
We scraped a half on the 16th and found ourselves dormie2 down. Up against it. Coming up short on the 17th, my chip lipped out but stayed as a gimme, their 6footer for the half and win slid by. Jaggsy pinged a drive down the middle of the 18th as Dan Mason’s wood to lay up was pushed into the long stuff on the right and lost.
On to the 19th and after 4 good drives, both approaches were left slightly short as we all knew anything hitting the green on the fly would bounce away. Jaggsy stiff his putt for a par and old Dan Mason’s five footer stuck an inch short on the the lip of the hole for a bogey and we were shaking hands.
Great game, thanks to the Dan’s for the match. Proper good greensomes fun in the cold winter sunshine.