Posted by Hew and Surrey Hills Captain Woody
With a couple of steady if perhaps unconvincing results at the start of this year’s campaign, Surrey National enters its last few game (which happen to be at home), against the always competitive Farleigh. For me the second best fixture of the year, the first being away at their place!
We entered the day second from bottom in the league but with two games in hand, so all to play for. Breakfast delayed but we got away just in time, teams sorted and even Jay managed to turn up with minutes to spare to smash the breakfast and head out first with Andy against Lee and Gavin. Not many halves in a very close match, not much banter in the game, but our boys ground out a fantastic result against their first pairing returning a solid 2 hole win. Made all the more impressive by being down on the 14th but they held firm for the win.
Mr Jaggs woke up with a crook neck (as well as his gammy toe) and couldn’t make the day so the always gritty Mr Macve stepped into the fray and the auld partnership of Phil and myself took on Simon and Warren. Top guy Simon who would challenge Phil as an utter golf nut. We had a great game played in a top spirit playing with Warren who I hadn’t come up against before. Not much in the handicaps, and Phil’s steady play on the front let me go for several free putts but nothing really dropped for either of us but we made the turn one-up.
Ball behaved for me on the back nine and started to find the hole and I came back 1under even with a double on the pesky 13th. We returned a 3hole win despite the rain arriving on 4holes. Phil and I enjoyed the game, big thanks to Simon and Warren.
Bobbie Betts was proudly sober at tee off (*gasp*) and played with the Pistol Knight’s Luke. Mr Wildman was up for his surname, topping his drive off the first, only to then manage a fantastic par and win the hole after his opponents duffed a couple of chips. Seemed to set the day and the front9 saw them finish 7 up with Bettsy scorching it off the tee by all accounts. Farleigh rallied but a 5hole win saw out boys come out on top and Bob and Luke take the side bet on the day for biggest win. Well done.
Scotty and Team Captain Woody were out next… very dangerous pairing and so it proved. Apparently Steve is taking the credit for our Northern Petal stroking in a 35ft birdie putt on the 17th to go four up. Um, well done Steve? Farleigh boys nicked the last but a fantastic 3hole win and things were looking very good for Surrey National.
Lee and Alan “Radar” GolLampost were out last against Johnny Harris and League Chairman Des. Des apparently hit on the back on the first hole by the pay-and-players teeing off behind them. Words were exchanged it seems. Al was supreme on the day, certainly irking Mr Harris (doesn’t take much), but a decent game (the second 18 for our boys who’d played in the comp earlier). Though we won’t dwell on the the pair of 3putts on the 18th from our lot, Lee and Al came in 4 up.
So we ended 17up on the day, a fantastic result against the always competitive Farleigh boys. As Steve said in our Whatsapp group, seriously well done everyone.
We’ve two more games, both at home and though the result sees us up to 3rd just 1pt behind Farleigh, we can certainly give high flying Reigate a run in the last two games against Woldingham end of August and Surrey Downs beginning of September. Top day of game, well done again.