*cough* a.k.a. The Senior’s Club Champs
Posted on behalf of Philip Macve
So, I had my first go at the Seniors Club Championship, yes, I know, hard to believe that I qualify, but yes, I am old enough, ‘nooo impossible’ I hear you gasp, never, well yes it is true, So………
I am out last in a four ball with David Crouch, Ralph and Michael, rest of the field three balls, I had two practise rounds, one on Friday on my own and one on Saturday with Richie, Wayne and Dan T, the first two kindly agreed to play Barracuda if I dropped a shot, the sss difference. I wanted to get used to the tee positions because it is a very different course from the yellow tees, despite what many people say. I shot an 80 on Saturday, probably my life time second best round, all quite casual and I didn’t know until I totted my score up in the bar and Wayne told me I had shot 8 over, how well I had done. I said to them all, ‘this score would be good on Monday’, not realising how accurate that was to be.
Half the field started on the 17th which didn’t suit me at all, probably the worst hole on the course for me and a real tester to start as poor old Joe Stocks found out. I smashed a great high draw over the trees on right though and just clipped a leaf or two but ended up in the middle of the fairway, made a par and moved on, made a par on 18 too and it looked like a good start, particularly when I saw where my second shot had finished on the first, 3 inches short of an eagle. I passed Colin Betterball on the 6th fairway and we had a quick chat, he said to me, ‘you have an advantage playing off the white tees all the time’, I didn’t really get it but he went on to explain that the yellow tees had been put right back, which they had, I hadn’t realised. Seems that one of the guys chose the positions in the morning, so yes it did suit me, and with a spring in my step, I marched on.
I wont bore you with the round but suffice to say I played fairly well for most if it, had a lot of pain in my leg and back through the last six holes and my swing started to go a bit wonky, there were loads of chances to nick that extra two shots but golf is golf and it wasn’t to be.
I don’t think I have ever concentrated as much in a round of golf as I did yesterday though, I was mentally shattered at the end and really disappointed when I walked up to the club house and Paul Delaney told me I was one shot short, you get nothing for coming second (apart from a 1.5 cut!) but as the great Jack Nicklaus said ‘I lose most weeks’, well I lost yesterday, and I dont think I could have given it much more than I did.
Congratulations to Duncan Rothwell for winning with an 81, very well played. Our own Mick Lossaso won the net with a 65, he’s been cut three shots I think, well done mate.
Thank you to my playing partners who were great company and definitely helped me play as well as I did, it makes a big difference.
And thank you to the guys who got it all together, as always it was very well organised. Onwards and upwards and can’t wait for next year!!