As a late call up to the team, I was looking forward to playing the fantastic St George’s Hill again last Sunday. Seems there were a few unable to make it but Skipper Mass had pulled together a certainly up-for-it team of himself, Sam, in-form Jay… together with late calls for the also in-form Jack and um, me.
If you remember last week (and also played last weekend), you’ll have remembered the bonkers strong gusting wind on Sunday. Rodger their captain and Stu agreed that moving balls on green were simply replaced… and that all used the ‘common sense rules’ in those conditions.
From playing St George’s Hill a couple of weeks previously where the greens had just been tined, most of the top dressing had worked down into the greens but despite still rolling well it wasn’t a surprise that they weren’t at their best. Give it a few more weeks of growth and they are going to be fantastic this season as usual. We played the Red and Blue nines off the back tees. Always a top course and great to play it off the back tees and although not a particularly long course, you need to keep it out of the heather, and keep position on the greens else you have some very hard putts.
Stu led us out, followed by Sam, Jay, myself and Jack. All very very close matches. In scratch, each game is played to a result meaning extra holes if all square after 18.
Going out in handicap order, Stu and Jay missed out by only a hole or two in their games, Sam had to head up the 19th before being taken on the first extra hole, I managed to take a win against their captain Rodger and Jack won a very tight match by two hole I think walking off the 18th.
So 3-2 to them overall but a fantastic team effort in some very hard conditions. I remember a gripped down 3wood under the wind on the 170yard par3 3rd (and yes, came up short), and more than a few hybrids and woods poked down par5’s and par4’s into position (or more likely hit from under trees after a few wayward drives!)
All very nice guys we played, and as we had post match drinks and sandwiches aftwards clearly each match played in great spirits. St George’s Hill won the whole thing year before last so a top team performance against a strong, low-handicap team.