Posted on behalf of Mark
A hard fought victory after 22 holes, which contained some superb golf and some real gaffs by both teams !!
The match started with a complete mix up on the first green where our competitors from Mitcham miscounted their shots and basically gifted us the first hole!! However in the sprit of fair play we decided to call the hole a half.
Some good golf then followed with the next few holes being halved with pars. As we walked off the 9th green having lost it to a birdie, we realised we were 2-down at the turn. This is when the fight back began.
The 10th was won by Captain Wheddon with a birdie, closely followed by the 11th when we both stuck our second shots on the green and parred the hole with our competitors best being a 5. However our charge was stopped at the very next hole, again we lost the hole to a birdie. To the 13th where a 12 foot putt for par from the Yeti prevented us going 2 down… 14th halved with pars, but the 15th was lost due to some sloppy play on our behalf.
“Well it wasn’t going to be short”
So 2 down with 3 to play. The 16th was halved after a 6 foot putt was smashed in by me, to the relief and horror of Brian who said “that was going at some rate”. My response “well it wasn’t going to be short” although for a second even I thought I might have hit it a little to hard 🙂
2 down with 2 to play.
17th was won with a birdie from Captain Wheddon again, although with the opposition playing army golf, the putt was conceded. The 18th was handed to us as the opposition choked and three putted from 14 foot, therefore extending the match.
We marched on halving the 19th, 20th and 21st before reaching the final hole, the 22nd. Here Brian and I tee’d off first finding the light rough and fairway and then watched the opposition snap hook both of their drives out of bounds on the left!!
Game over you would have thought and indeed we even shook hands with one of the boys, before Brian suggested they go for 3 of the tee much to my dismay !
At this point it was still in our hands as they drove off again for 3, placing both balls in play. However Brian then went on to duff his second shot 20 yards and his third into the bunker 30 yards short of the green on the left. With only 130 to the centre I decided to simply punch one down there which we thought would be good enough, however we stood there and watched my ball go from front centre over the left side and down towards the out of bounds. At this point we were starting to think this is not going to be our day, as I stuffed my provisional ball in the bunker on the right !
However after watching the other three all fail to make the green for 4, we found my first ball some 2 foot short of the white posts in deep rough. Out comes the Mickelson flop shot to about 6 feet from the hole and the match was finally over 🙂
Home to Kingswood next !