I think this was the 6th year of running the Gender Cup – its in a Mens Vs Ladies format to determine ‘bragging rights’ for the year between partners in the club, with spots filled with captains, vices and odd committee members. Played on Sunday, the weather behaved for us on both days of the weekend. Saturday was good (shorts and t-shirts out for late September!) and bright again on Sunday if a bit chilly later on.
Format for the day was 12 aside, Men vs Ladies, 18hole foursomes in the morning with 9holes of singles in the afternoon.
Phil and I were out first against the mighty Carol and canny “I’ve hardly played in last 3 months” Laura. Before we could wake up properly, we were 3 down after 3! Carol was – as usual – very solid, working her way around the course, making the most of her shots and course management. Laura really didn’t miss a shot all day, cracking the ball off the tee annoyingly always down the middle, and we were “lucky” to see them both chipping and putting well. Phil and I had to dig deep but were still 2 down at the turn. Couple of good holes on the back nine – we won 12th and 13th I think – and then entered a run of halved holes to he 18th. Giving a way a quite a few shots, the 17th wasn’t one of them… but Carols ‘bestie’ chip over the left bunker on the 17th with her “cheat stick” chipper to stiff was of special note!
All square down the 18th and I’m afraid the temptation to hit 3wood into the 18th was too great for me (where they were sat in the middle and had a shot in hand). I pulled it just into the water, and despite a chip, putt and a narrowly missed 4footer chance for a half, it wasnt to be and Phil and I had to concede a good one-hole win to Carol and Laura.
Other pairings did well. Jezza didnt have a good morning having flown in from holiday at 2am that morning. He and Sean were taken apart by Pam and a very in form Janine but then the mens team pulled together some great results with 4 consecutive wins. Brian and Mushi I think had a big win (7&6?) and Graham and Mark did really well coming back from 3 down for a win. A long, long lunch break and we were back out for afternoon singles, team order being pulled out by Team Captains Paul and Jane.
Afternoon singles and the final result
Singles turned out to be a bit of a war.
In our group, some steady play saw me pip Laura on the 6th. Dennis was in a good position one-up after the 7th but determined a Carol plugged away to take the 8th and 9th for a fighting half.
Philip won on the 9th against Beatriz, Sean rallied from his morning loss for a half. Lorraine drained a monster putt in her half with Mushi whilst Jane took apart Paul. Indra beat Graham and Stuart won on the 6th in the face of popular support for Margaret. Matches then went either way and as the scores drew tight, we saw Joe scuttle off the 9th to put his clubs away and probably shed a tear as we found out he lost to Janine.
At the very end, we then had the auld solider, Mr Assig, swagger in with a victory over Pam to seal an overall (very) close win for the Men 9 1/2 to 8 1/2.
So, Men won the foursomes and ladies won the singles despite Indra claiming some form of victory as the “singles meaning more” (!). Hmmm not sure about that!
Not to forget that the Ladies have won before in the past, and it was with not a little amount of relief that the men saw out the win by the skin of their teeth.
Phil made the point from such a close game, the Ladies literally had a bare 12 to choose from for their team compared to the men. So however you look at it, a great result for them.
In a way, another Winner on the day was Stevie Mac who was again the clubhouse “cheerleader” for the matches for about 5 hours… accompanied by more than a few Magners.
20 of us out for Saturday’s Swindle in great weather. Good turnout and Dean won a very nice pot for overall. Al Sav’s guested, and was business as usual on the longest drive on the 15th. With the Gender Cup on and lots playing on Saturday, Sunday’s Swindle was reduced to 5 so unofficial, but Jez took home the fivers on the card… despite not being put off by playing partner Colin’s pink shirt for 4hours.