Posted on behalf of Graham “Loves a match report” Loveless
As a specific request from Hew “The Webmaster” Whitefoord [Edit: I only suggested it] I have done a match report for our semi-final match in the mixed pairs.
For those that find my match reports a bit waffly there is a summary at the end of this report if you want to scroll down…however, for those that enjoy my longer diatribes pour yourself a glass of wine (or whatever takes your fancy) and read on!
The date was set for Saturday 3rd Sept with myself and the lovely Carol Newman drawn against Mr and (also lovely) Mrs Adams.
While the “mixed” is always a small field, having won it the last 2 years, both myself and Carol were keen to get into the final for the 3rd year running. Even though the field is small the competition is fierce and the pairs that go into it, go in to win it, and all are capable in my opinion of doing so.
Having beaten Janine and Graham the previous weekend in the Swashbucklers KO and 7 day pairs respectively I was politely(?) enquiring as to whether I would achieve the ‘Adams Treble’ with another win…but Mr and Mrs Adams were not biting…well not what I could see anyway. This match was also a chance for the Adams to settle the score as we had put them out of the competition the previous year.
Mr Adams was certainly looking very relaxed as he swanned around the club house and patio…this told me he was looking to win.
Shots were agreed with the ladies getting 10 shots each and me getting 5.
The Adams won the coin toss and Graham asked us to tee off.
The 1st was halved with my par to Jan’s net par. 2nd won by Mr Adams par. 3rd halved with pars by the ladies (following a great tee shot/nearest the pin winner from Jan). 4th won with my net birdie and so it went on with Carol and I being 1 down, level but never up.
Clearly Mr Adams had decided that I wasn’t going to get any gimmes so I was putting everything out. Carol was slightly off her game but still came in especially when I made a mess of things. Similarly whilst Graham A was throwing his golf clubs in various directions at times Jan remained a significant and constant threat with some fabulous driving; despite driving into the bunker on 11 she was at the back of the green in 3 net 2 where we somehow still nicked a half with net bogeys and she comfortably won the 12th with a par / net birdie with a solid 2 putt only just missing a net eagle.
Carol stepped in on the 14th and won the hole with a net bogey so going into 15 we were back to all square.
We lost the 15th but managed to again get back to level with a net birdie on 16.
17th halved with pars by the Grahams so we moved to the 18th all square.
A solid drive from me down the middle got us off to a good start.
GA launched his ball right into the ‘field’ by the 17th and was looking potentially lost. Carol followed up with a good drive and Jan’s driving, that had been very impressive all day was less so on 18 as she scooped the ball into the air.
I laid up with my 2nd shot with a 6 iron to around 90 yards.
GA had found his tee shot but took another two shots to get it on the fairway around 175 yards(?) from the pin.
Both ladies offered up their balls to the pond (I assume they put £1s into the charity pots!) and were out of the hole.
With GA now playing 4 from way back I whispered to Carol “a 5 should win this”…
However, GA dug deep, hit a great shot and stuck his 4th shot to around 8’ from the pin. Very annoying!!!
My 3rd shot found the fringe of green above the hole to about 20’ but left a very tricky putt going through the longer grass. I needed to get down in 2 to guarantee the half especially as GA had left himself a nice straight up-hiller for bogey.
My first putt was a tad strong (to get it through the fringe) and finished just outside Mr Adams.
However, I made the putt as did Mr Adams to keep the match alive.
Back to the 1st!
After waiting for some visitors to the club to tee off from the yellows we were away again. Both myself and Mr Adams made par to halve the first extra hole.
On the second extra hole I hit probably my drive of the day up the right hand side of the hole, over the right hand bunker and finishing in the very light rough just off of the fairway. Mr Adams played a similar shot finishing about 15 yards behind mine in an equally good position.
The ladies tee shots were fine but their subsequent shots left them in a bit of trouble.
Graham A played his 2nd which was a good shot but we could see from the bounce it had taken a small kick to the left on reaching the green. I hit my 2nd shot to the right side of the green and the bounce looked good.
On reaching the green I could see GA’s ball sitting down in the small hollow just off of the green.
Mine was sitting on the green around 10’ from the pin.
Jan picked up and Carol putted out for bogey. Mr Adams to putt next.
A tricky putt and unfortunately he under hit it. The ball made it up the bank but having cleared the slope didn’t progress significantly onto the green. So from 10 feet I had 1 putt for the win or 2 putts to guarantee the half and put the pressure on.
My 1st putt went to the hole, slipped by and finished 2’ from the hole.
Mr Adams needed his putt to keep the match alive unless he expected me to miss from 2’ (and these things do happen!).
Another good putt from Graham Adams but as it approached the hole it slowed up and stopped, hanging onto the edge of the hole and clearly was not going to drop. A painful bogey!
A 2’ putt for the win and for what would be the only time in the match we would go up.
I have to be honest the putt was a little more nervy than it should have been but the ball dropped and the match was over.
Handshakes and kisses all round.
Carol and I would really like to thank Graham and Janine for a really good match.
We are now both looking for to our third final in the mixed competition and hoping we can make it a hat-trick.
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All square after 9.
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All square after 18.
Match won on 2nd extra hole by Graham Loveless and Carol Newman.
Phew, I mean nice one Graham.
Anyone playing a match, internal, external, for the club or even just on an away day to somewhere different, feel free to send over some words and a photo and I’ll post it up.