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(updated 24 November at 07:28)

Team report for Hardy ‘B’ Cup game 07/04/19

When the draw took place for Hardy ‘B’ it was not kind to us, an away draw to Ferndown! Their record over the past 2 seasons is : 2017 winners, 2018 losing semi finalists.

Getting a team together to go and play at one of Dorset’s premier Golf courses was not going to be a problem, and many thanks to all that added their name to the playing sheet.

On the day the weather was dry, even warm in the afternoon when the game took place. We played 2 rounds of nine holes, with different tees on the second round of the Alliss course. A very testing tight nines holes, with lots of trees, but a bit bare on the fairways due to the very dry summer last year it suffered like so many courses, but at least we had preferred lies (if you kept it on the fairway!!)

Our first pair out, Steve Watts and Anth Membury , think we will call them our SAS (Snip And Squeak) 5 up before the turn, which did drop to only 4 up by nine holes, but this pairing are made of tough stuff, a birdie, several pars and they were soon back in the clubhouse enjoying a few beers with a great 5&4 win. Think this will make them automatic picks for the next game.

Next out Mark Bonnett and Paul Walker, very tight game for these 2, level after nine holes, never much in it. A missed putt on 18, that would have won the hole, and got them a well deserved draw, but it was to be a loss by one, the smallest of margins.

Third pair out was the experienced Dave Allen paired up with one of the young guns, Ross Sandercock. Again tight early on, level after 9, but these 2 were a bit unluckly to be drawn against what turned out to be Ferndown’s top men, and slipped to a 4&3 defeat. Dave was full of praise for the big shots Ross played during there game, so hopefully we will see more of him in Hardy B.

Roger Chadwick and another of our young guns, Marcus Simpson were 4th pair out, and again  found themselves level after 9 with all to play for. Ferndown’s experience of there own course must have been vital in this another tight one. Came taking it to the 17th, but slipping to a 3&1 defeat.

Last out, captain Stewart Green with the big hitting Dan Turner. This might not have been the best course for Dan to let rip with his big driver, but when he did, he certainly made a few yards! This pair took it to the full 18 holes, no pair in this game ever got 2 up. Came were up, then down, but up again after 10. Good play by the Ferndown pair, left Stewart and Dan 1 down with 3 to play, a good steady par by Dan on 16 got the game back level, 17 was going to turn this game, all players on the green in 3, Ferndown both missed long putts, while Stewart waits over his putt, Dan steps up and sinks a 25+ft putt to win this hole, this must get the award for putt of the day!. On to 18, Stewart miss hits his iron onto the short par 3, (luckiest shot of the day!), Dan hits his only bunker of the round. The Ferndown pair both miss putts, and come up short like Stewart. This leaves the Came Captain with a 5ft putt to par the hole and win this game by one. Job done, a win thanks to pars on the last 3 holes.

Match result is a 3&2 loss by Came Down to Ferndown, but a great game played by a team that knitted together well and can’t wait for May 11th and their first league game.


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