Captained by Jay, the scratch team lined up against Roehampton on Sunday as the Surrey Scratch got up and running for 2020. Pace wasn’t great as you’d expect, but a reasonable decision between captains was made to put the single matches out in fourballs.
In handicap order, Mass and Dan D out first against their first pair, followed by myself and Jay… with Jack then in a 2ball pairing. Big nod to Jack and his opponent playing in the only two-ball – very long day for them both and they had a close game.
All good guys for Roehampton. Actually, we didnt find out till afterwards that Roehampton were losing finalists 3-2 last year to Hindhead (facing them at their own course as venue for the final). Clearly a very strong team and seems they have 30odd cat1 golfers to pick a team from, probably good we didn’t know that at the start.
Jay and I didnt have our best day. Jay keeping up and about his big hitting opponent Luke. Driving to barely 60yards short of the 16th was very from from Roehampton’s Luke, but I think his most impressive shot was after he played backwards from the trees on the 14th. Still 280ish to the green from back down the middle of 14th, I saw he had an iron in his hand – oh, he’s laying up – nope, he then hit a glorious 2iron to the back of the green.
Jay stuck it in there and turned out being all square on the 18th before some jabbering ramblers helped push his drive long into the far right trees. His opponent did the same clattering top of those trees and unfortunately it was only Luke’s ball Jay found.
Both our opponents’ handicaps were 4 shots lower than us – young Luke scatch for past 6 odd years, my opponent Andy was very steady and had previously been +2. That said we both had chances.
I could’ve done more on the front9 whilst Andy got his head round our greens and holes. Come the back nine and his eye was in and whilst not long, he was arrowing drives and approaches giving nothing away. Managed to get it to 2down after the 13th, but he had a 2putt birdie from 10feet on 14th and my annoying 3putt on the 15th for a half meant dormie3 down and with us both on the 16th in two, a couple of pars meant we were shaking hands.
Outside the Clubhouse after it turns out we went down by 4 1/2 with Jack securing our only half. Well done Mr Greenwood!
Good effort by all but a serious team Roehampton… they seem determined to go one better in the competition this year.