Posted on behalf of Team Captain Wayne
The first away match of the year, against reigning champs for the last two years!
To be honest I was hoping the title to this match report was going to start with a “Fantastic win away…”, but would have bitten your hand off for a draw, especially after our brilliant start against Farley, which seem like ages ago with the new fixture list.
This time round we had two members from each swindle representing the club and two new pairings in the making, so I couldn’t wait to get the matches underway.
We started off in beautiful sunshine and no signs of any hangovers, including my good self, which was looking like a plus, knowing quite a few of the Reigate boys had been on the sauce the night before!!!
Match 1 – Tom & Wayne
The first match saw me (11) & Thomas (3) take on Ian (17) and Steve 15), so we were giving a mighty 13 and 11 shots to the home boys, so we were not expecting an easy ride, which prove to be the case on the 1st hole with Ian making an easy par nett birdie to take first honours. We managed to win our first hole on 4th, which also proved to be our only winning hole on the front nine, with par nett birdies and even a birdie nett eagle on the 7th par five from Ian.
We went to the back nine only three down, so halving the tenth was a step in right direction, only to gift them the next hole. Thomas pulled out a brilliant chip and putt on 12th hole, which saw only the second real mistake from the home boys who three putted for yet another halved hole. It looked like we had the 13th, until Steve made a monster 20 feet putt to yet again halve another hole. We eventually won our second hole on 15th, where Tom made a good two putt. I went on to win the 16th with a birdie, so back to two down and we had clearly rattled the home boys with two wining back to back holes.
The clouds then came over with rain, which saw my drive blocking me out on 17th, but I managed to stick my second shot into greenside bunker. Tom & me knew it was the last place I needed to be, but I got out and just missed a long par putt to apply any pressure to Ian’s nett birdie, which won the hole.
The same old story on the 18th saw Tom’s birdie only halving the last hole to finish three down.
Well done to the Reigate boys who finished with a very impressive five under par better ball with Ian shooting 12 over with a double and treble bogey on the card, so much so, he felt guilty enough to take a frazzled Thomas back to Redhill train station.
Match 2 – James & Luke
Luke and I were drawn against Reigate Hill’s captain Andy (16 hcp) and Raj (14). We were giving them a few shots and knew we would be up against it.
We started well and were 1 up after Luke birdied the second. After that it was one way traffic as Reigate pair didn’t put a foot wrong and used their shots well to win 6 in a row. We halved 9, 10 & 11 to stem flow.
The Reigate got back on the winning run. It took a birdie on 14th & 15th from Luke and I respectively to stop it being even more of a hammering.
In the end we were 8 down. Fair play to Andy and Raj, they dovetailed well and never gifted us anything. Individually they both scored 40+ points and had a collective score 9 better than handicap.
Here’s to next week and some revenge!
Match 3 – Chris & Kevin
Led until 15th despite their 3 30ft birdes. Another long putt and we were all square. Lost 16th and a a 40ft birde at 17th a proper kick. Parred 18 but lost by 2
Match 4 – Ross & Grant
After a difficult start start to the match honours were even after 9. Grant made an excellent 2 at the long par 3 12th to keep the match even. 13th hole halved kept the match all square until both the RH boys hit their 3rd into the water at the par 5 14th. Ross made birdie at the next to go 2 up. Russel from RH holed a 40 footer at 17 to peg us back, but with Grant making an excellent birdie at 18we took the match with a hard earned two hole win.
Match 5 – Scotty & Mark
Scotty and I out last (as usual ) against the older statesmen of the Reigate team, on paper a fair contest with them playing off 4 and 9, Scotty off 3 and me squeezing into 10. We started well, Scotty playing solid golf with some excellent shots with the exception of the second (par 3) when he decided to go for the group on the third tee box instead of the second green. And me either playing like a pro (driver, wedge on 4th to 10ft, with a shoot) or like a donkey 😪. Between us we were soon 3up and looking for a good win. However, a net birdie on 7 with a 25ft putt and an excellent approach and birdie at the 8th, cut the gap to one. Unfortunately, we both gave the 9th away, so walked to the 10th all squared.
Back nine and we were again two up after 11, before they bounced back and won the next two. Holes halved, lost and chances missed through the last 7 holes. In truth a draw would have been a fair result (yes I missed a two footer on 17th for par and back to all square. Scotty hit shoot of the day on the 18, cutting it around the trees to about 15ft, when it looked like we were about to go 2 down.
Final team score, 51 Reigate Hill 39 Surrey National.
Well, we started off we a lot of hope in the sun and finished somewhat wet and defeated to a very good home team, who are clearly up for three league wins in a row.
We have home advantage this Sunday against Reigate and with the league table shaping up nicely, a 54 point home win will see us at the top of the table again.