Posted on behalf of Graham “just-one-C-now?” Loveless (who is probably still wandering around the club with half a pint of Doombar looking for someone… anyone… who’s not heard the story yet)
With the news that Jim wouldn’t be playing in our arranged pairs match a flurry of emails from all confirmed it would still go ahead and I headed to the club to take on the strong pairing of Steve Wood and Dom Khan. Expectation was reasonably set that I was going to get a right bashing.
I had also reviewed recent comp results and best result I could see was me losing 2 and 0…so I too was prepared to be battered.
Despite 20 stableford points after 9 holes I was 2 down having lost the 1st, 4th and 9th and winning the 2nd. Long par putts on 5th and 7th had kept me in it with a wonder 2nd shot on 6th to 8 foot for a halving par (just missing birdie).
Winning 10 (par) & 11 (bogie) got us back to level and team WoodsKhan were looking rattled. 12th and 13th were halved. Calls of ‘make Jim proud’ from Mr Macve across the fairways lead to a birdie on 14th took me into the unexpected position of 1 up and 4 to play. 15th halved with a bogies.
16th lost to Dom’s nett par.
17th halved with 5s (lucky bogey for me from the sand / unlucky bogey from Steve just off the green in 2).
18th beckoned and still all square.
Good drives from Woods & Khan and mine found the right-hand fairway bunker.
My second was a 9 iron lay up short of the water.
Dom stuck his 2nd on the green 20′ from the pin and Steve put his in the 2nd greenside bunker above the pin.
I needed an up and down to get us up the 1st.
Lob wedge in the hand…
Just hit the f***ing ball…
Ball in air…
Ball on green 5 foot below the pin.
Steve got his ball out of the bunker in 2 and rolled off the green.
Steve finished off for a 6.
Dom made his first putt…looked ok then started slowing too early leaving a tricky 5 footer for par.
I approached my putt and sent it towards the hole…and it dropped followed by some expletives (possibly). We were going up the 1st unless…unless…
Dom stepped up, aimed and the ball missed a fraction high. The smallest of margins and the unthinkable had happened.
The one ball had taken out the two ball.
Handshakes and subsequent beers all round…the guys were magnanimous in defeat for what was an extraordinary round of golf that I won’t forget.