Posted on behalf of Mr Graham ‘CC’ Loveless
Settle in everyone, its a Mr Lovely match report:
Stuart Massey & Phil Macve versus Richie Blake & Graham Loveless
At the suggestion of Phil here is the match report for our 2nd round match in the 5 day pairs.
Well…it was a tight match and if you have a few minutes to kill – make a coffee settle down and join us on the 1st tee in the evening sun.
Shots were agreed – to be honest was easier to mark the holes where there were not going to be shots rather than where they were with Richie getting 12, myself 13 and Phil 14.
My coin toss was a complete disaster with it landing on its side 3 times! Phil intervened and demonstrated how to do a coin toss properly. Nevertheless, myself and Richie won the coin toss and we teed off first.
The opening hole was halved between myself and Phil with pars/net birdies.
Richie halved the 2nd with Stuart in par (meanwhile myself and Phil decided to do our own thing and put on a very nice display of incompetent golfing).
The 3rd went to Stuart and Phil after both myself and Richie sent our tee shots to a watery grave. Despite good shots from the drop zone we didn’t get down in 4 and conceded the hole. Phil had a 3 footer for par that I am sure he would have made.
1 down after 3
The 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th were all halved.
Myself and Richie had a good chance on the 4th to nick the hole with pars but could only make bogies.
Phil just missed out on a birdie on the fifth hole.
I made a 5 (net 4) from 8 feet to halve with Stuart’s par on the 6th and Phil also just missed his par putt that would have nicked the hole.
7th was halved by Richie and Stu with 3s.
Stuart was out of the 8th after losing two balls off the tee but Phil came in with a stunning par with a great up and down from way off the back of the green in the light rough (jammy git!) to halve with Richie.
I hit one of my drives of the day down the 9th and finished not far behind Stuart. Richie’s 2nd took a nasty bounce and ran through the green and off the back. My 2nd clung on to the edge of the green and Stuart sent his onto the green a good 12 feet above the pin. Despite having a shot over Stuart who made par, Richie took a six and I cocked up my putting and we lost the hole after a 4 putt (what a c***!!!).
2 down after 9
The 10th was interesting as Richie sent his drive down the road but did find it later in a playable position and managed to get it to just off the back of the green in 2. My drive was okay but my 2nd shot found the left hand bunker as my 9 iron shot went further than I expected. Stu had hit another huge drive and despite a poor second to what you would normally expect from him he still made par and nicked the hole to Richie’s bogey (I took two to get out of the sand!).
3 down after 10.
Good drives from all on 11 and my 5 got the half but Richie made a great up and down from the path onto the green to make a 4 net 3 and we won our first hole.
2 down after 11.
Both Richie and Stuart birdied the par 5 12th hole but with a shot the hole was ours.
1 down after 12.
The momentum was definitely with us as we moved onto the 13th with the flag on the middle of the top tier. I went to the right of the green and Richie found the bottom tier. Phil found the top tier way over to the left and Stu also found the bottom tier. The best myself and Phil could make were bogeys.
Richie overcooked his first putt, Stuart left himself a tap in gimme par. Richie rolled in his par from around 6 to 7 feet.
Onto the 14th. Richie lost his ball from the tee and hit a provisional. I hit a cracker down the fairway. Phil and Stu were over on the right in the rough.
My second was a scabby lay up short of the bunkers and finished next to Phil’s. My 3rd 9 iron shot was a bit of a mishit and didn’t make the green and finished near the plantation on the right. Phil was on in 3 net 2. Phil took the hole with a par to my disappointing bogey. I really should have made par from where I was after my first 2 shots.
2 down – 4 to play
Not sure what happened to Phil and Stu on 15 but they both had a ‘mare. Nice to see a 1 handicapper can f*** up like us mere mortals (sorry Stu!) and with myself on the green in 3 and Richie on in 2 both with shots the hole was conceded.
Back to 1 down – 3 to play
16th hole: My drive was a perfect 150 yards up and 50yards to the left skyrocket never to be seen again (if anyone finds a new NXT Tour S with “CC” written on it somewhere between the 15th green and 16th tee please let me know) but Richie stepped up and crushed his drive down the left hand side of the fairway into the light rough. Stuart was on the green in 2. Richie played his 2nd which looked awesome in the air but went long off the back of the green. Richie made bogey to Stuart’s par for another half.
To the 17th. We were in trouble.
1 down. We needed the win. Phil had a shot.
Both myself and Richie hit good drives.
Phil tugged his slightly to the left and flirted with the tree line but went through.
Stuart’s tee shot was not his best but a stunning 2nd shot from him left him 8 foot from the pin with a very makeable putt for birdie.
Phil played his 2nd and finished in the rough to the back right of the green.
I was around 100 yards out. Richie (after some searching) was much further down.
I hit my gap wedge and it found the front of the green … “Stop you b******d!”…bloody thing just kept rolling and rolling and dropped off the back of the green.
Richie dropped his 2nd onto the green but some way off from the pin.
Phil chipped on.
My 3rd thinned back across the green. I played my 4th and then picked up.
Phil made 5 net 4.
Richie rolled his birdie putt past the hole…
Stuart stepped up and as I expected he rolled in his birdie putt to take the match 2 and 0.
Both Richie and I would like to thank Stu and Phil for a good match. In my opinion it could have gone either way. Nevertheless it was a good match played in great spirit (Stu…”you are a funny f**ker!”) and I wish them well in the 3rd round and hopefully they can go all the way.