From Team Captain and match organiser Phil
I think everyone enjoyed two great days at East Sussex National, a fabulous venue with everything you need on hand. The weather was kind and so were the Gods as the Swashbucklers regained their pride after the bashing we took at Hever last year, winning both days and the overall by +14.
Some great performances guys, too many to mention all but I feel that Mark and Matt Strong deserve a shout, possibly not the bookies favourites but they won both days, very well done.
Great performance from Lee yesterday too, one over gross walking down 18 and he had absolutely smashed his drive, think he had 45 yards in but golf being golf, he then hit the worse shot he has probably ever hit, ended up 3 over, in very windy conditions an a golf course he hadn’t played before, Danny was gobsmacked to lose one down because he too had had a blinder, 35/36 points I think, well played mate.
A tad sad for me not being able to play but after the pain I had been in Sunday morning I was more than happy just to be able to walk, thank you to Richie and Matt Stock for standing in, both winners too, Richie coming back from 3 down. Matt Stock hit driver driver to the par 5 on the back, the second shot to 8ft, as good a golf shot as you will ever see, pure as the driven, he did then 3 stab but hey, he was going for glory.
All told a great couple of days, I have just booked next years, dates for your diaries July 9th and 10th.
Well done to everyone.
After an inaugural match towards the end of last year against the Knights @Hever Castle (cant remember the result *cough*, but Swashies came second!)… a collective of Phil along with Winkle (Vice team capt), Woody, Dom and Knights’ Captain Badger, all pulled teams together for a big re-match. With an excellent deal through Your Golf Travel for a Sunday overnight stay, two teams of 12 travelled down to darkest Sussex through some healthy rain and drizzle for 36holes over the East and West courses of East Sussex National. Its a great setup – sizable hotel along with health spa and clubhouse featuring two Tour standard courses with all the trimmings you’d expect from a premium golfing venue.
Courses were in great nick… they have a big amateur event on the East course starting on Tuesday 12th July and we saw both tracks looking good with some slick greens. The rough was up and very serious… if you went just inches off the final cut into the long stuff you were reaching for a provisional with little or no hope of finding it in the 3 foot+ deep rough. Phil was suffering with a bad back, so Richie was pulled in as a replacement on Sunday, with Winkle taking on Captainship on the day. Though Mr Macve did appear in a buggy later on day1 to enjoy the socials that evening and walk around on Monday with teams.
Service at the clubhouse was a bit patchy but we all settled in with some pre-match drinks (some more than others), before drawing our singles matches for Day1 on the East course. (Day2 was to be better ball pairs on the West). Quick trip to the pro shop, range and putting green and we set off. We had drizzle on Sunday morning which fortunately drifted away after about 45mins. Overcast, but bright and breezy for the rest of the day so we could enjoy the course without the wet weather gear.
Both days were on ‘Surrey Hills’ format, matchplay on all 18 holes 1pt for wins, half’s for um, halfs. I was up against Kieran in the first group, Winkle taking on Peter Endicott, aka Badger. Kieran was in great form. As I hacked and heaved my way around the first 6 holes, he was playing some great golf before I managed to stem the flow of holes somewhat. Up against it all day, I was 4 down after 6 and it wasnt looking good. He knocked in 5 birdies and with only two bogeys on the day he had a gross 69 and won by 4 holes. Well played.
Winkle’s game against Badger was more of a rollercoaster – Mark going 5 up at one point (just as I was 5 down!), before Pete battled back to all square. Despite an awful hoick on the tricky par4 17th (making the group on the 16th about to tee off run for cover), Mark still managed a bogey to take it on the green and by nipping it on the 18th he won by two.
Mark vs Peter 10-8
Hew vs Kieran 7-11
Jim v Danny 12.5-5.5
Sean v Mick 6.5-11.5
Matt S v GP 10-8
Simon v Dom 9.5-8.5
Richie v Dave 9.5-8.5
Matt J v Flanno 12-6
All G v Bob 9.5-8.5
Al S v Steve 11-7
Dean v Bazza 8-10
Total: Swashbucklers 114, Pistols 102… we go into Day2 12 up.
Evening consisted of drinks, the Euro Champs Final, drinks, carvery dinner and some more drinks. Usual shenanigans all round, needless to say two Pistols woke up in the lounge with the early morning cleaning staff hoovering around them. All a bit messy but a very good night all round.
Sluggish start on Monday for everyone as breakfast was nearly missed by most… the team pairs were drawn and we all headed out for day2 on the West course. Turned out to be a fantastic day albeit with a very strong wind to make it ‘interesting’.
Matt (Stock) and I took on Mick Sweetman and Graham Payne (GP). Despite driving well, it wasn’t my day with any other club but Matt was there to steady the ship. Neither of us got thing going on the greens against the Pistols’ pairing. Mick was as usual very solid and although Graham didn’t have his best day, there was only one hole where we went three-up… it was usually just one hole in it. As the round came to an end we ended up winning by two. Graham’s fantastic approach to the signature par4 10th over the water to 3 foot (and a birdie) may have been shot of the day, until Mr Stock went driver-driver on the narrow par5 12th to about 15foot. We won’t mention the 3stab.
Sent over by Mark just now…
Al Savs and I played Dom and Bob…. Shot of the day. On the Par 4 with water 300 yards off the tee, Dom hit his 2nd into the reeds (never to be seen again) he took a drop left of the pond, and then hit the 150 yard marker stick full on (about 10 yards in front of him). The ball ricocheted back with me and Bob driving for cover. Fortunately (or not) the ball hit Dom on the leg (hold on is that a penalty) before going 20 yards behind him….. We nearly wet ourselves laughing, even Dom….. until the knee started hurting 🙂
Al drove like well, and I won both days (who would believe it 🙂
Monday’s Scores (just holes returned below)
Hew and Matt vs GP and Mick +2
Lee and Al G vs Woody and Dan +1
Sean and Dean vs Crocket and Alec -6
Matt S and Sid vs Baz and Badger +1
Al S and Mark vs Dom and Bob +2
Jim and Matt J vs Kieran and Flanno +2
So, Swashbucklers, take Day2 by 2… with an overall score of +14.
Round of the day on Saturday was probably Keiren’s steady play for a gross69. However, over the weekend – given the drizzle and strong breeze Saturday and the very strong wind on Sunday – Lee Feez ended up just 9 over gross for both days. That was 6over Saturday, and just 3over on Sunday – with all that wind – was a fantastic effort. Well done mate.
Some good play amongst us all and some not-so-good. Jaggsy’s shot to beat Kieran’s tee shot on the picturesque 16th on the East course into wind over water must have been a contender for shot of the weekend. GP’s shot over the water on the 10th on the West course was a cracker, as was Matt Stock’s driver off the deck on par5 12th on the West on Sunday. No doubt there were many more, feel free to add others below.
Swashies take Day2 and the win!
As per, I’m sure everyone would like to extend thanks to Phil who managed the booking and although couldn’t play due to his back, still made sure everything ran smoothly.
Its a great venue with two great courses… just be prepared to wait for your fish finger sandwiches in the spike bar! Well done Badger’s lot, fantastic two days of competitive golf. Roll on the next match.
Caption competition with no prizes. Such wow.