The second day of the weekend’s stunning late September weather saw the sun shine again for us at Sutton Green (it does tend to on our away days here).
With a number flying back from tour today and others on holiday, it was only a slightly reduced Surrey National field this year at the Sutton Green Mixed Open. Saying that, we still took 8 pairs and nearly made up half the field. Course was in great nick, the recent rain had soften the greens up but had also encouraged growth in the rough. Damp, deep rough… and it was welcoming balls at an alarming rate!
The Assistant Pro said the pins were in “good spots”… well they may have been, but we played off the back whites (blues being member/club tees), and they were set at their longest on every hole. Same length as Surrey National’s whites at 6400yards but felt much much longer. Ladies had a job to reach some fairways too!
Out first Jane and I were paired with Tracey and Felix. Jane and I made the turn with a promising 19pts, which to be honest masked some ropey golf helped by me scabbing a birdie at the Par5 SI 1 for a chunky 4pts. Our back nine was a missed opportunity helped by very patchy golf. We opened up with a run of 1pts after some good positions from the tee and despite some somewhat steadier play towards the end of the round, only finished with 32. Felix hit some great tee shots but both he and his Mum hadnt read the ‘dovetail’ guide to golf today and either both scored or both blobbed holes. They finished with 30.
We weren’t the only ones to find it tough. Scottie’s gammy arm returned on the 4th or 5th cutting our Northern Petal’s prowess a bit, he and Pam still managed to return Surrey National’s best score of 33pts. Jan and Jez had 31, Dennis and Bronwen 25, Carol/Martin and Lee/Sharon 24 and Colin and Margaret 20.
33 narrowly missed out as 34 took 3rd, 35 took 2nd and the winners came in with 36. A placing was in reach for a few of our teams but it wasnt to be. The guy who won quickly pointed out it was his playing partner who did the damage.
Lee flew a lonely flag for Surrey National taking some fizz home for nearest the pin.
Big thanks to Jane and Bernie/Sutton Green!
Bernie and the lady captain managed the prize giving with aplomb – great to hear an open invitation for any feedback or comments to help them plan and run it again next year. Thanks to them and another successful Mixed Open when it was possibly not going ahead earlier in the year. I’d thoroughly recommend a trip to Sutton Green if you want a great members course that is only 20-30mins away for most of us.
And of course, collective thanks to Jane who did all the leg work organising teams and getting us all there on time!
Lets not forget ol’ Colin who (turning up remarkably early on the day) stepped in at the last moment to partner Margaret and make up our final fourball… (NB. as a consequence, well done Margaret of course!)
Roll on next year… SN must do better!
Weekend Medal At Surrey National
I didnt manage to play in either Medal days but clearly some solid scoring in both Saturday and Sunday Medals. Our Deano came 3rd on Saturday with a nett 70, and a Swashbuckler held up the table with AlGollampost not having a good day.
Mick took 4th on Sunday with a nett 74, well done Mick – its all that training with the Vets you are getting. Ben (Greenhalgh) clearly had a cracking round taking the win with a gross 73 (nett 71). Proper golf.
Lets not forget the cheeky 5ball we played for Saturday’s Swindle. Boney and Stevie get top marks for playing with massive hangovers, Boney nearly fell over placing his tee on the first whilst cursing Steve for leading him astray. We had a great round, no hassle as a 5ball (we kept up with the 3ball in front) and I managed an extremely rare win over mighty Lee Snashers in a friendly match. I really should get that t-shirt printed Lee, saying “I beat the Snashers” but I suspect I’ll never wear it again!