Pistol Knights romp a 12-4 win in autumn sun and rain
With rain promised on a mild early autumn morning, Phil and Dom “Darren Clarke” Khan had teams lined up and ready to go.
Phil and I played Mick and Keith. Phil managed to call Keith the wrong name the whole round and Mick, Keith and myself kept ourselves amused as he wrongly called it for 18 holes whilst we kept quiet. Small things, small minds I know… but it kept our spirits up as the rain came down on more than one occasion.
“Why’s he taken my buggy?”
9th hole also tickled us. John was marshalling in his buggy and saw us on the 9th tee. I’d pulled my drive into the left rough and John joined us looking for it by the path. Ball found, Phil peeled off over to his ball on the other side of the fairway…. in the wrong buggy. We watched as he motored his way over the fairway, lined up his shot, only to turn to select a club and realised the rack was empty an it wasnt his buggy but John’s. We again decided to watch the comedy unfold rather than correct him.
Phil and I were down by 3 in no time at the start. The golf wasn’t great from any of us, not helped by the rain I’m sure, but both teams plugged away. We chipped the odd hole back and eventually bought things back level by winning the 13th. Cardinal sin in matchplay is giving it away just as we’d battled to bring things back level – which is just what we did on the par5 14th.
One down, 3 to play. After slipping a birdie putt just past on 15th and only getting a half, giving a shot we missed from 12ft on 16th to miss out and we were dormie2. Phil and I both just missed birdies putts on 17th which had to drop and we were shaking hands.
Next up, Lee and Al Gollop played a blinder. 1under as a pair round the course against Danny and Kevin, but just couldn’t cope with the Pistols pairing. Kevin off 18 was hitting it very very long which made the game very tough with all those shots thrown around. Lee and Al hit 6 birdies…. 3 of them just for halfs! Was a lot for our boys to deal with and despite both playing very well, the Pistols won by 2 on the 17th.
Game of the day was arguably Al Savs ad Dan (Mason) against GeePee and Paul. Al and Dan apparently started very slowly but Mr Mason turned up on the 6th with a par… but before they knew it they were 5down. Speaking to them on the 12th fairway they were back to 3down and still up against it. However from the fire… they returned sodden from the rain back to the clubhouse with the fantastic news that they had ground it out and fought for a great half. From 5down to halving the match. Well done both, GP was still shaking his head as he headed for the bar for consolation drinks.
Scottie and Strongbow were up against young Sam and not-so-young Darren Clarke… I mean Dom Khan. Dom decided to par a heap of holes from the 2nd and they leaked ahead. Scottie has found new love with his spanky new Ping TRS putter and apparently was gross level on the round as they came to the 16th all square. A waterlogged green reduced the putting on the 16th to comedy levels so it was called there and it was a result a halved match and a point a piece.
So 6-2 down in fourballs, next up singles
News not much better for us in the singles. Tony was left shaking his head after his game with Steve ‘Dangerous’ Wood and despite Tony playing steadily to handicap golf he was 4 down. Steve clearly very sharp on his day and he came in with the match towards the end of the day.
Wayne had already been in a while! Big loss for Mr Nowak but by his own admission he just wasn’t on it today. Sean was back in the clubhouse in soon after losing out to young Ben Lodrick-Osbourne. Finally, Simon gave us something to be positive about by taking out that wiley Bob Betts. Fantastic result Simon… we didnt have much to go on till then!
Well done the Pistols
We were put to task by a determined Pistol Knights driven it seems by a highly determined Dom Khan. Well done.
Dom, you are allowed to smile when you win mate!
Lets hope other teams and help us out with results. Bob English had a glint in his eye saying “they haven’t played us yet have they”, and the Originals will be up for giving them a run for their money I’m sure. Gordon and a couple Early Birds were chuckling over our loss…. don’t poke the Swashbuckler bear Gordon!
After drying out, we all settled down to Day2 of the Ryder Cup… nice to see the clubhouse busy. A good competitive day, well done Pistols… lets move on Swashbucklers!