Forest Hills Seniors v Burghill Valley Seniors HOME – Thursday 26th July 2018.
Congratulations to the 16 members from Forest Hills who went out to make the special guests/friends from Burghill Valley so welcome. A two tee start ensured that when the teams assembled après golf – in the bar the wait for comfort food was not too long. The course played well and home advantage is always relied upon to bring a good result. But Burghill members are a canny bunch and bring their A game to Forest Hills. The tropical heat ensured that many a water bottle was consumed before the final hole. Grass on the greens had been deliberately let to grow longer than normal for Forest Hills – better this than burnt greens.
Captain Mike Steward and Graham Wallace led the home team and were quickly two up. Mike and Graham dovetailed well ensuring that the pars and birdies they were playing against never lost them the lead. Even a fly in Mikes ear on the 15th and a resulting par putt that went 4.3 cms did not deter them. A par on the 17th meant that hands were shaken with great gusto. John on the opposition had played to his handicap only to find that, at last, Captain Mike had achieved a 83/65 on his home course. [He is wearing the coveted sombrero hat as he types]. WIN 2 AND 1.
Colin Grindle and Bill Peffers drove off as the second team and quickly found they were up against a special pair from Burghill Valley who gelled together from the outset. 4 down at the turn is a big ask at Forest Hills. All credit to the home pair since they pulled it back to 1 down. However, a par on the 17th secured an away victory. LOSS 2 & 1.
Robin Leamon and Mike Nicholas are a great competitive pairing. Unfortunately a certain DAVE MORRIS [HCP 9] decided to give them a Master Class Golf Lesson once he had birdied the 2nd! If Dave ever wanted to rest in the shade his partner took over. Try as they might the Forest Hills pairing could not compete. L0SS 6 and 4.
Bob Gibson and Martin Mcneill – 4th of the first found themselves up against former Forest Hills player and friend Kevin Doyle and Bill Bonham. What a special game ensued. Great fun. Great banter. Great golf. Best friendship! Nip and Tuck all the way round. Perhaps Martin had the biggest smile on his face when the result was carded as 1 UP.
TWO MATCHES ALL – with 4 teams starting on the 10th to come in. IAN SMART and STEVE KEEPAX started the affray. From the outset Steve took the bit between his teeth and attacked the course using his shots with care and skill. Recognising this early on Ian ensured the halves where he could. WIN 3 AND 2
TERRY HOOK and MIKE CONNON never sell themselves. However, they were soon 3, if not, 4 up and perhaps becoming complacent. Only 1 up at the turn they quickly realised that, even in the heat of the day, concentration, commitment and care was needed to be on their game. Terry became the glue whilst Mike used his shots. A fantastic game resulted in a WIN 3 AND 2.
At the beginning of the year off 28 JOHN BODNAR was a little apprehensive concerning match play friendly’s. He now LOVES them! Paired with, in form, JOHN HUMPHRIES, JOHN BODNAR became the cherry on JOHN HUMPHRIES cake as they ate up the course. Level par gross after 9!!! 6 up at the turn!!! This was not just home advantage this was dovetailing at its best !!! WIN 8 AND 6.
7 teams were enjoying the camaraderie in the bar awaiting the last 4 ball to emerge over the ramparts. What a match they had had! Only two holes that were not better than a net par. This must have been the best match and the others were just a reflection of what Senior golf is all about. Par golf ruled the day on this front nine / the back nine. The home pair were 1 down at the turn. Nip and Tuck or what? All square after their 10th /1st. All square until the 8th downhill par three. COLIN WHITE [HCP 28] decides to par it to get 1 up with one to play. PAUL ADAMS breathes a sigh of relief – at least they can’t lose. He then decides against shots to par the hole. WIN 2 UP. PAUL wrote – A CRACKING GAME ONE TO REMEMBER!
Those words sum up the day. Couldn’t have asked for anything more! Thank you SENIOR GOLF for making 16 golfers smile and looking forward to the AWAY match where we will try to keep the same teams.
If you haven’t worked it out WIN 6 v 2.
Captain Mike Steward.