Weather was meant to be humid and unsettled… and so it proved (much like the golf.. hot, cold and a bit damp in places).
We went into the day top of the league (+25), with Surrey Downs second (+13)… we wanted a result after having already cancelled out Surrey Downs’ previous big win against Woldingham.
Surrey Downs away is always a good fixture, they do a great breakfast (helped by being a self service buffet obvs!), a good range and – similar to Surrey National – they pride themselves on all year greens and tees. Their greens are always in decent condition, and they were again today… running really well helped by the fact that next week is their Club Champs.
We gathered in good time (and Danny even was early), although ol Grubbster was up against it having been smashing it up the night before.
Teams sorted, we all headed out with Wayne and Rob leading the team, Steve and myself second out followed by Dave Page and Jaggsy, Lee and Grubbster with Simon and Danny ‘Big Levers’ Betts bringing up the rear of a strong team. After Wayne and Rob tee’d off, I stepped up in second group and promptly hoicked 2 wild drives into the 4 foot grass which kind of set the scene for my golf on the day. Not good. Found the first ball (and the provisional somehow), but despite some ropey golf by me, Steve and I did dovetail fairly well on the front nine against the steady pairing of Trevor and John…. going two up early on, before a run of birdies bought them back level after nine.
Lightning calls a halt
Hooter went after we hit our tee shots at the 14 after the lightning (and thunder) got very close, the wind picked up and the rain came down. We all came in and their capt Matt and I deliberated about whether to call it (halving the remaining holes) or holding on for a while. We held on and after about 20mins went back out to our holes.
During the break, one of their guys headed home in the first group but we found out were down 4 in one game, down3 in another, up in one and halving other two. So not great, but we wanted to go out to try and nick some holes and get us back closer to even and limit any damage on a tough away fixture.
The break arguably helps…
On resuming our game all square, we halved the par3 14th after I missed yet another 4footer and halving the next two thanks largely to (big shoulders) Steve’s steady play, we faced up on the drivable 17th level. Steve and I both played it fairly well, Steve rolling in a 15footer to win it… and on the 18th Hew suddenly turned up rolling in a 25foot birdie to win by 2.
Ahead, Wayne and Rob both played well but lost out by 1 overall, facing a 13handicapper who apparently was just 1 over after nine, recording something like 23points Wayne calculated. BigJaggsy and supremely steady Dave Page recorded the result of the day returning a 4up win. A cracking result.
For gawd sakes, someone give Grubbster a cuddle….
Ol Grubbster’s preparation for the game was up for scrutiny after he clearly burnt lots of candles at lots of ends the night before. 11 blobs out of 18 holes, losing 8 balls… ouchies. Partner Lee was up against it on the day! Clearly wasnt Grubbie’s day, but our boys did at least win two holes across the match… one each… which is something… but they lost by 7 overall. Their young opponent playing off of 8 hitting 5 birdies and something like 2over gross didnt help either.
Danny and Simon were last out and fought a very hard game against their opponents, just coming out one down at the end.
Tough day, we lost out by just three… 46.5 to 43.5
As an away fixture, and given they had already smashed up Woldingham quite badly, losing by 3 was not a bad result.
Really well done to everyone. Last year we slipped up in two games here and faced our heaviest defeat of the year. Today, in the face of some awful weather and some cracking play from Surrey Downs, we all did really well as a team once again.
Next match our last away fixture at Woldingham on Sunday 24th July, followed by 3 consectutive home games. Lets step it up at Woldingham and make sure we press home advantage in those 3 games.