Posted on behalf of Lee “All Hail…” Feasey
Golf De Vire – La Dathee
Few words on France,
On knowing there was only one unknown golf course in France which was in reasonable driving distance from where we was staying Myself and Allan continued the rivalry of our holiday trips, it was 1–1, Lee was La Manga champion winning 4-1 and Allan was Tenerife champion winning 2-1, who was going to take the 2-1 lead after France 2014?
The name of the course is Golf De Vire – La Dathee, the website does not do the course justice I would put it in my top 10 with no issue.
The course was not long but was extremely tight with some interesting tee shots and very challenging par 3’s, the greens on the first day were very receptive making approach shots target practise. The format we played on the first day was match play with myself giving Allan 5 shots (I couldn’t believe it either). After we both finished the front 9 level par I found myself 2 down. Allan was on fire and I was playing well but he had the shots. The back 9 proposed a different story after 17 holes we were all square, I was 1 under par with a very nice eagle in the equation and Allan was 4 over. The 18th is a driveable Par 4 uphill but you cannot miss left, being myself having a good score got nervous and hit a snap hook and achieved an 8 finishing 3 over par Allan knocked up a very simple par to shoot 4 over and win the match 1 up!!!!!
1-0 to Mr Gollop
The format for the second game was medal, one Mr Gollop was a bit out of sorts this morning and well how do I put this had an absolute nightmare!!!!! Allan shot a mega 91 which equalled a net 80, 16 shots worse off from the first round, I played very average and shot a 79 8 over, but it did mean the score was 1-1.
The final round the format for this was stableford. Having the course to ourselves we slowly and surely made it to the first tee with a few grey clouds above which was different to the first two rounds as they were both sunshine. We both started off very poorly and after 9 holes I had 17 points and Allan had 16, it was all very close and you could feel how bad both of us wanted to win. Allan was not making putts I made a few and took a 3 point lead after 11 holes then I snap hooked a drive on 12 whilst Allan smashed one down the middle, the gap was now only 1 point. Then the pressure got too much for Mr Gollop and I was standing on the 18th tee with a comfortable 5 point lead!!! Alan tee shot hits the bunker and his second shot nearly crashes through the clubhouse windows I make an easy par and he was beaten, Feasey took the French championship 2-1 with a final round of 37 points!!!!
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