On a bright but cold windy March Saturday, Surrey National lined up against another Altonwood club in the form of a determined Westerham. Playing at home, we fancied our chances against gritty Westerham but, as is usually the case with a sister club, our opponents were fairly familiar with the course so we had to dig deep to make it count.
Yes, we dug deep. 4-1 worth of digging deep.
Playing in 2ball singles matchplay, 5 pairs of Surrey National and Westerham headed out, with a result guaranteed by the 5th pairing playing out to the finish should it be even from the other games. The wind was up (and cold) but I think the greens had been rolled and were firm and quite fast for the time of year. Nice.
On hearing how the various games went in the clubhouse after, just about every player on both sides scored in the 70’s. Seeing shots from others game as we went round, balls were being fired in close to the pins all over. We gave shots in 3 of the games, Lee played another 6 handicapper and Paul nabbed 7 off their anchor man who was off 3. Tidy.
Giving just one shot, I headed out first against Jeff, the incoming club Captain of Westerham, and sneaked in a long putt on the first for a birdie, and we then shared the next 7 holes in halves. Both of us barely a smidge or two over par but I managed to take the 9th and hit the turn 2up, only to be pegged back to one again and again unable to put any daylight on the next few holes. Taking the 14th and then 15th to be dormie 3, a half secured the first win 3&2.
I wouldve liked some danger money playing in front of Lee “Tom’s Understudy” Feasey (who was drafted into the team this week) and their team captain Martin. Balls from them both frequently rolled or flew past us as the evenly matched pair smashed it off the tee. Lee’s consistent top play saw him finish on the 16th 3&2 and a couple over gross – a big thanks for taking the call-up this week chief. Driving into the greenside bunker on the 8th was impressive – Jeff and I were weren’t far off calling the pro shop for crash helmets.
Scottie Yule was up next, giving six shots away to a 10 handicapper. Our own Northern flower had caffine and energy bars inside him from the start, and a “Ah looove me drivin’ ah tha minnit” approach off the tee. Boom. Up against another hardened Westerham member, Scottie won by two I believe coming in just one over gross. He disappeared when Sunderland went 2 down mumbling some colourful names about Gus Poyet.
Nick Brown won 2&1 and apparently was reguarly hitting the par5’s in two (or going through them!). Under the weather on Friday, he wasnt to be denied by the lurgy on match day and proceeded to knock it around not giving his opponent any hope of a result.
Paul bought in the final match. He faced his opponent, who plays off 3, going round in par (an impressive 16pars, 1 bird, 1 bogey). Mr Gil-steady-body hung in there but couldn’t take it to the line going down 3&2.
An excellent result – the Westerham chaps did very well, it was just us on the day. Each match played out in great spirits, I’m sure that on another day it would not have taken much to end in a very different result… but we weren’t to be denied today. Good job from all, great result.
We’re in the pot for the next round… bring them on.