Posted on behalf of the Swashies Captain Philip Macve
So, the big day had finally arrived, us scraping through by the tiniest of margins, same points as our B team, The Originals, but on the head to head win against them (our only win), we made it through. We knew we only needed 3 points against the Early Birds in our last match and, in my absence, that’s what they got, so well done lads.
Saturday I was out first with the other captains, Peter, Dom and Jay, a really good four ball and all very pleasant and enjoyable company. I led for 16 holes but hit it into the trees on the left on 17, finished with two x 1 pointers opening the door for Peter, who made a great birdie on 17 and won the four ball with 34 points, I came in second with 31, only a point ahead of Jay, I think, really enjoyed the round and the company, well done Peter.
Lee Fease was behind me and he came first in a really tough four ball, so well done Lee, I think there was one point difference in each of his group. Wins also from Al Saville, Tony Betteridge, Dan Thompson, a halved win from Hew and everybody else scored at lease a point except for our previous stalwarts, Scotty, Wayne and ‘star player’ to date, Mark, who was a point clear at the top of our form table Saturday morning, but that is golf, you can’t keep doing it, we’re not allowed, you helped tremendously along the way though lads. I think means that Dan Mason was our overall top form man, confirmation to follow.
A great effort from everyone though and as you know we had the highest points tally on the day, shame we left it so late.
In our own £10 bet, there were loads of contenders, all coming in with great scores, only to be pipped by the next man, right down to our last man out and in his rookie appearance in the Ryder Cup, Dan Thompson, pips Tony by one point with 40 to take all the money and a great win in his group, well done mate.
Thank you too to Ian Fowler for turning up, on time and staying around as reserve, much needed support.
Thank you to Mark and Fease for their help and support throughout the competition.
In the comp, well done to the The Pistols and Bashers, both tied on 59, never happened before and a difficult decision, I suppose in hindsight we should have had a rule in place specifically for finals day but because we had already had the same situation, us and the Originals to qualify for finals day, and had made the ruling that we went through because of our ‘head to head’ win, the same applied on Saturday.
For the record, we had a squad of 29 players by finals day, we started with 26, 20 of whom played at one time or another. Dan Mason was top form player followed by Hew, Lee Fease, Tony, myself and Scotty, full form sheet available on request. Mark was our top form match player. Also of interest is that for almost every match, certainly the first and last match, the 12 that played were the only 12 available, the other two matches, I think we had 13 available. Same for finals day, 16 players available, virtually half the squad. So tatics didn’t apply much, it was more of a scramble to get 12 guys together. The first match vs the Pistols, arguably our toughest opponents, at least ten of the squad didn’t even know the match was on that day. So going forward, I don’t think numbers are a problem for us, I think enthusiasm and maybe reading emails is the biggest issue and maybe, dare I say, keeping a diary!!! it’s only 5 dates to put in it.
My time is done now, good luck to Wayne, our next captain, I believe he is the right man for the job, I hope someone comes forward as his vice. If we are going to stand any chance of ever winning it again, we will need to support him wholeheartedly, we are a good enough squad, we just need to ‘want to win’, remember? like we used to…..