Posted on behalf of Brian “The Bunker Pro” Chamberlain
The Originals fought out another 8-8 draw with the Smugs today, though the Early Birds will think was fixed, as it puts both teams into finals day at their expense, was in fact full of many great battles that could have resulted in all manner of outcomes.
In the first doubles match Jerry and Rob were up against Paul Gilbody and David Fielding, and were 4 up after 5 and never looked back, winning 6 and 4 with Jerry on fire (40 stableford points) and Rob dovetailing as well.
In the next match Brian played with Peter and we won a fighting match against Jez Richardson and Mick Gurr 3 and 2, having started the back 9 two down. For once my putter which was misfiring for the first 6 holes, suddenly caught fire (3 birdies) and with Peter’s superb irons we were unstoppable through the back 9.
Next Henk and Colin played Darryl Gasson and Warren Purviss and lost 3 and 2 in a match that sounded a lot of fun judging by the stories in the clubhouse afterwards.
In the last doubles Mushtaq and Asif smashed Tony Vigor and Roy Benham 4 and 3 with some superb golf, or as the their opponents called it banditry.
So were sitting pretty in the clubhouse leading 6-2 at halftime, needing just 2 points to make the finals.
The two Grahams were the first in, with both matches seemingly finished before the 18th. Graham Loveless had been given a bit of a spanking by Clive Heard 4 and 3, despite a fightback on the back 9, but thankfully Graham Adams who was not playing to his best (only 29 points) managed to hold off Peter Foot 2 and 1 in a match that sounded draining on the emotions.
Thankfully that was the vital 2 points we needed though, because Barry lost 6 and 4 to the big hitting Andy Lambross and Matt Stock (battling a hangover and the ever steady John Vicars) lost 2 and 1.
So 8 all was a result that suited everybody in the clubhouse, and with the Smugs cheered by the arrival of Neil Lawrence back on his feet again after his stroke, it was a happy ending to a very enjoyable day.