Match Report: Jim played well. The End.
Perhaps a few more words. On Wednesday, we turned out at the very nice Burhill Golf Club – the April fixture for the Surrey Chamber of Commerce Golf Society’s and the society’s first ‘major’ which included individual and team prizes together with a charity raffle including a new claret jug trophy for the winner.
Arriving through a couple of decent showers, the weather behaved for us on the day , albeit chillier that the past few days of glorious Spring weather. 82players was a great turnout for the SCC and we had the Old course for a shotgun start after a good welcome from the course manager in the impressive clubhouse.
Condition of the course was a bit disappointing for us. We were on the Old Course and found it mid-development. They are in the final stages of installing a new par3 and as a result have split one of the two par5’s into a short par3 and short par4. Off the yellows the course was short and the splitting of a nice par5 into two to make 18holes, it meant there was only one active par5 and 4 (or 5?) par3’s. The greens were apparently tined a few weeks ago and unfortunately had not grown back in resulting in quite uneven greens. Though receptive, they didn’t inspire much confidence and I never really got on with them. In top form, these would be very tricky with many deceptive breaks.
That said, we all had a good day’s golf and we had two teams from Surrey National; Phil, Jim, Sid Bailey and myself in one, and Mr Adams, Bri Chamberlain, Backdoor Johnny and Pritpal guesting in another.
My day could be summed up for me in the first two holes, birdie’ing the first with a shot for four points… then blobbing the next being a short par3. Oh dear. Too many 3putts and never really got going.
Wasn’t Simon’s day, and whilst Phil and I both came in with fairly ropey 30-points, the backbone of our team on the day was Jim who returned 37 points. Best score amongst us all, including driving one par4 leaving his ball barely 6feet behind the flag for birdie and putting in on the long uphill par3 for another birdie… and another 4 points.
All had a great day, and we did pip the other SN group to relieve them off a fiver a man. Nice.
Unfortunately, Phil had to ‘suffer’ the fantastic carvery… Mr Macve not a fan of having to walk to get his food(!) It was a great dinner but sadly no loot to report, even in the raffle. Best two scores going forward on each hole towards the overall team prize, we missed out on third by one measly point.