Saturday apparently was only going to be chilly and cloudy. But an ominious dampness to the cold meant we woke up to a very light dusting of snow.
Ryder Cup went out at 8am slightly late with The Originals taking on the Bashers. Not sure if we’d get a match report from Originals Captain Mr Lovely, but after a “stirring” pre-match talk from the said Captain, it wasn’t to be their day. Amongst the results, Rob and Matt lost their first ever Ryder Cup match, Asif lost on the 17th, Mushi beat Paul Delaney and I think Mr Loveless lost too. Bashers ran out 10-6 winners I think.
Swindle followed and I’m afraid it was a slow, cold day for us. Sleet, turned into light snow, turned into flakes. We decided to pick-n-place everywhere and have gimmies within a putter length given the couple of centimetres of snow on the greens. By the 9th, our lead group of myself Snashers and Strongbow were accepting the comedy greens and getting round just fine having a decent game of skins. Phil, Graham and Henk were the 2nd 3ball and followed us round the turn.
The other two 4balls called it a day after 9 due to the conditions but the 3balls ploughed on (literally), eventually coming off the 16th as a six-ball with the course empty. I pipped Snashers for the overall after some nifty (er, very lucky), chips for gimmies last few holes.
Sunday was going to be milder but thoughts were already turning to tee times at Seaford Head, Horsham or Hersham if the snow remained and course was closed. However the temperature picked up sometime overnight and the course was fine to play. 14 came out for the Swindle and a soft course meant some decent scores and a standard scratch of 31.
Brian Chamberlain, Mushi and I were out first and Brian opened up a very solid 9 with 19pts beating me by 1 and grabbing the front9. Tom behind us woke up for the back nine, returning one under gross for 20pts and the back nine£. Brian C remained very steady with some solid putting and driving, romping it with 37pts.
Shot of the day must go to Mushi. Pushing his drive on the 10th to the left of the small trees, he took a drop from the 16th path and picked out his 9wood. Being the only one on the left of the fairway, I had a view of his clean hit as it made its way to the green inbetween the bunkers, and tracked its way all the way to the hole. Cracking eagle Mushi, pity I was the only one to see it drop. A very tidy 4pts.