Bit of a moody day weather-wise for the 2019/2020 Ryder Cup Finals Day. Course very wet still but quite playable, but the showers during the round certainly didnt help. Competition was full-on though, the 4 qualifying teams all putting out teams for mixed Swindle groups of stableford. Individual placings of scores going towards the final totals, 3, 2, 1, zero.
Pistols entered the day in a healthy lead, and it was clearly a focussed team on the day given the surprising absence of hangovers on a Saturday morning. I’m sure that was definitely not the case on Sunday morning after the evening of solid celebration in the bar.
Going out towards the end of the 15 matches and the round was too bad really. Ryder Cup matches are notoriously slow (a grumble of many in the club), and whilst a five hour round is not good at all… it has been worse (Turkey Trot a good rival for that title). MoB James Carter, Original Rosco, Pistol Badger and myself had a great round despite some good and bad golf from all of us. Ross and James coming in each with an impressive 35pts, pipping me by one. Whilst waiting for the 9th green to clear we also had the impressive sight of a fourball of idiots teeing off the 1st. One lad in a grey hoody had duffed it off the yellows to the left of the ladies tee and I’m not joking took more than a dozen air shots, and he probably wasnt the worst of them. Why these guys are let on to hack up our course… sigh.
Anyway, it was nice to see a busy clubhouse enjoying post round drinks despite the big field spread over nearly 2hours.
Despite a few early scores not going their way, the Pistols points soon started racking up and turns out they were the overall clear winners. Pipped Swashies by two on the finals day? Think that was the case, but anyway clear and deserved winners of the 2020 Ryder Cup for the first time.
Winkle stepped up after being asked to present the cup and did a good job of avoiding a certain word and gave the cup to a proud team captain, a certain Barry Sweetman. Well done the Pistols.
So, roll on more golf in some much better (and drier) weather as we go from Spring into Summer. And lets hope we can move on from the C-virus as soon as poss, and that the vets numbers aren’t too dimished if the 70+ age group are locked down in the next few weeks.
Final Day’s scores
Pistols win, Swashies second and Originals pipped by half a point by the Bashers (aka, MoBs)