Posted on behalf of one Graham Loveless
The Surrey National B team travelled to Royal Wimbledon Golf Club for the opening round of this year’s Surrey 5s competition. The team was under strict instruction to be at the club by 12.30pm so it was with some justification that the team Captain for the day received some stick for arriving at nearly 12.40pm.
The team selected by Vice-Captain Joe “Dr Golf” Krarup was Dave Page, Rob Hance, Graham Loveless (team Captain), Steve Wood and Jason Grimshaw.
The home team were very welcoming in greeting us to their historic club and we managed to tee off slightly early (despite my late arrival) in mild conditions.
Dave led us out with a solid drive and Rob followed suit in the second match. Just a shame someone had put a bloody great tree on the left of the fairway that got in the way of Rob’s ball. Once Rob and Howard had disappeared around the corner of the dog leg we teed off.
My opponent, Ian Hay, got off to a cracking start and with some quality golf I was all too quickly 5 down after 6 with Ian dropping just a couple of shots (well that’s my excuse for bashing I took). The next 4 holes were halved but an overly aggressive putt for par on the 11th turned my par chance into a double bogey and another hole was lost. With a lost ball on 12th and despite it being my only shot hole that was my match over with a hefty 7 and 6 defeat. We agreed to finish the round playing a £1 per hole. I then won my first hole of the afternoon with a par on the 13th!
Crossing paths with Woody around 15 I briefly asked how he was getting on; “I’ve been given a lesson in how to play golf…dormie 3 down!”. So we were not in good shape. I had seen Rob teeing off first on more than one occasion ahead of so hopefully he was faring better but I had no idea how Dave and Jason were going.
Finishing off my round with a bogey on 18 and owing Ian the kingly sum of £1 we headed to the bar to see how the others had got on.
It wasn’t good news with Dave losing 2 and 1 and Rob losing 2 and nothing. So that was that…we were out with Woody and Jason to still come in. On entering the club house Steve’s face told us he hadn’t recovered and confirmed he had lost 2 and 1.
I wasn’t relishing reporting back a 5 nil whitewash but Jason had saved our blushes (to a degree) by taking the 18th to finish 1 up …and a big “well done” to Jason for not having lost this year in the Surrey 5s.
The Royal Wimbledon team were magnanimous in victory with beers and some very nice post match sarnies served in the bar.
So while the Surrey 5s B team 2016 campaign only featured a practise round and single match it was at an absolutely top quality club with over 200 years of history so maybe we had gone out on an early high.
Good luck to Royal Wimbledon in the next round.
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