Match report of Came Down Hardy B v Dorset Golf & Country Club, Saturday 11th May - Written by Stewart Green
The Hardy B team were welcomed to a very busy DGCC, and had a very nice meal of Ham, Egg, Peas & Chips before the action kicked off at 1.30pm.
First off again were the winning pair from last game of Steve Watts (Snip) & Anthony Membury (Squeak) alas the SAS. These boys were right up against from the very start, parring the first 3 holes they found themselves 2 down, thanks to 2 birdies from the DGCC pair. SAS done well got it back level after 6 holes. 1 down at the turn they were hoping to fight back again, but the DGCC pair had other ideas, hitting 3 more birdies after the turn to win 4&2 on 16, with only one hole being halved during this game.
Second out were Paul Walker and Tony Joyce. Again against another tough pairing, with one of the DGCC players receiving 5 shots. Up in the early part of the game, they slipped back to be 1 down at the turn. This was back to level on 10, thanks to a good par by Paul. Looking in big trouble being 2 down after 14, Paul & Tony rallied by winning 15, halving 16, winning 17 to go down 18 level. A very good finish saw them win 18 for an excellent 1 up win and Came Downs first point to level things.
Third off were Ross Sandercock and the experienced Dave Shaw. Very good play by Ross with 2 birdies on the front nine, got them to 2 up at the turn. This was wiped out by the DGCC pair by the 14th hole, mainly due the having to give shots to both DGCC players. Still level after 15, this game was going the full 18 holes………………………t.b.c
Fourth off were the same pairing from previous match, Marcus Simpson & Roger Chadwick. This one to be a battle, Marcus playing fantastic golf in on the front nine holes (out in 41 shots) with Roger helping out and winning a couple of holes, they still only found themselves level at the turn…….t.b.c.
Last out for Came were the winning pair from last match of Captain Stewart Green and Dan Turner. These 2 had high hopes as both players were hot off of comp wins at Came in the last week. Having to give 3 shots to the DGCC Captain, they soon realised they were in for a tough game as they lost the 2nd hole to an Eagle by 18 handicapper Brian! Soon to be 3 down after hole 6, Stewart & Dan rallied to win holes 7 & 8. But they committed the crime in match play golf and lost the next 2 holes straight back to the opposition. This soon slipped to 4 down, then 5 down as Dan played steady golf while Stewart seem to find every Bunker and Ditch on the course. Dan played well on 14 to get it back to 4 down, but the writing was on the wall, Came Down pairing well and truly beat 5 & 3 and put in their place today. This put Stewart & Dan back in the clubhouse before the 2 pairs ahead of them, now with Came 2-1 down in the match they were keen to see how the others finished.
Ross & Dave continued. A great hole by this pair on 16 seen them go 1 up, only to lose 17 and head down 18 for a very intense last hole. Tight golf and great pars by both sides and it was a halved game! Ross was gutted for a short time after this game, and said’ we were never down during this encounter’ we really should have won’ but all of us that play match play have probably been in that position at some time.
Came were now losing 1.5 -2.5, and needed a big finish from 4th pair Marcus & Roger.
If Marcus played Fantastic golf on the front nine, then he must have played the best golf of his life on the back nine, only dropping one shot to the course which carried him and Roger to a 2& 1 win, which gave Came the point they deserved and end the match tied 2.5-2.5, and a great drawn match away from home for us. Roger would like a special mention for Marcus as in their game as he hit 13 greens in regulation, had 9 pars and 3 birdies, not bad for a player off 13!