A damp mild day on Sunday and it was time for the annual Gender Cup. A Ryder Cup format of 18holes of Mens vs. Ladies foursomes in the morning followed by 9holes of singles in the afternoon. Rain threatened, but despite some prolonged bouts of drizzle we largely got away with it.
We think this was the 8th year of the Gender “Bragging Rights” Cup. With the Men enjoying a recent run of wins, the ladies – led again this year by Jane – were unsurprisingly up for it and certainly after some revenge.
Gathering for an 8.40 tee time, Jane and Men’s Captain Winkle lined up and announced the morning foursomes pairings. Out with Phil, we both had a great game against Margaret and Bohwon. Winning first two holes was a good start for us, but Margaret hit a worldy from behind the 3rd green (before she slid down the bank on her rear) for Bohwun to then sink the par and get a hole back. Never much in it, holes were won or lost and we halved the first hole on the 14th I think. Phil and I stuck some steady holes together but we were shaking hands on the 15th taking the win.
First matches went the way of the men. Terrie and Jane had the luckless Graham and Bob in their sights and returned with a convincing win before Brian and Mushi came in missing out to Claire and Bronwen. Stories abound of Bronwen being especially deadly within 100yards.
With all to play for, we headed out for the afternoon singles matches. Out first, I was playing Jane, and James (Carter) faced Terrie. Wasn’t Terrie’s afternoon and some extremely steady play from James bought in the win. Jane and I played to the 9th and I nicked it on the final hole.
Brownen smashes Captain Mark
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A slightly sheepish Winkle came in losing to Deadly Bronwen, a satisfiying win I’m sure (!), and Phil saw off the always dangerous Bohwun.
More matches came in and in the final count the Men came in winners 11.5 to 6.5.
Well done to all.
Two shots of note to add. I think Phil would agree that one shot of the day was after Bohwun smashed her iron to bank behind the 13th in the morning foursomes. With the pin on the front, Margaret had a really rough shot to even keep it on the green (or keep on her feet given she’d not worn any spikes). Chipping it down for a gimmie, it was a fantastic shot to win the hole.
In the afternoon, going down the final 9th hole one up I was on the receiving end again of a shot-of-the-day contender. An extremely determined Jane was still very annoyed with a duff chip on the previous 8th hole. Putting her 3rd from an awkward lie at the lip of the 9th fairway bunker into the greenside right bunker, it wasn’t looking good. The sand certainly wasn’t… given it was smashed flat and hard by the rain. A superb bunker shot followed from ‘that’ sand well below the hole to about 2 feet, it kept the whole game alive and I had to sneak in a 6footer to keep my nose in front. A cracking bunker shot Jane.
Without too many ladies on the books these days, a huge thanks to Jane and her team who put up a great match against the Mens. well done Captain Mark for leading our team out today. Really hope we have the chance to play again next year, these days are again example of what sets our club apart from so many.