Match Report : Forest Hills Seniors v LYDNEY SENIORS Home 12/7/18.
A few drops of welcome rain fell on the 14 pairs who assembled to play their friendly match. With a two tee start both teams were quickly flooding the course with great shots that ran and ran on the browning fairways.
Captain Mike Steward knows how to pick his partners. However, he had never met Richard Keeble, a new comer to Senior Golf at Forest Hills. This was his first match and against local rivals Lydney. What a game was had by all four but Richard simply demonstrated ‘master class golf‘ time and time again. The Lydneypairing did creep ahead with a sublime birdie on the 7th but by the end of the 10th Forest Hills were 2 up [birdie for Richard]. Halves in Par ruled until a missed putt on the 14th put the home side 3 up. The WIN 3 and 2 was secured on the 16th.
John Humphries and Bill Peffers were on top form following on from the medal on Monday. Lydney took no notice and went into an early lead. The home pair applied the pressure and were soon 6 up. Old rivals never give up and always tried to fight back – a great match. WIN 4 and 3.
Trevor Hallett and Steve Keepax blended their great golf shots well and gradually crept ahead. Course Knowledge always helps but an awe-inspiring birdie on the 15th sealed the match for the home team. WIN 4 and 3.
Mike Connon benefitted from the experience that Geoff Pearson brings to any match play game. Not only did Mike listen to the wisdom he acted upon it. No matter what the Lydney pairing tried to do between them, the home team, gradually crept into a lead that ensured a WIN 4 and 3.
John Bodnar loves his golf. Today he really enjoyed the tight struggle that match play golf can bring. He and Paul Taylor worked together very well as did their opposition. All 4 walked off having enjoyed a thoroughly absorbing game where great golf won the day. WIN 1 UP!
Mike Stratford and Barry Klein know their course like the back of their hands. They combined their wisdom to real affect and gradually overtook their opponents and then went from strength to strength. It did not help that bunkers kept grabbing the oppositions shots into the greens. WIN 7 and 5.
Two in form players from the home side were sent out last hopefully to secure a victory. They jelled together well, very well [18 holes = one over par gross as a pair!!!!!!], 2 up at the turn, followed by back to back birdies 10 and 11 allowed Geoff Norris and Dave Shuttleworth to shake hands on the 13th WIN 6 and 5.
The Home Pairings did play well to a man and deserved to win all 7 games on the day. However, great fun was had by all 28 golfers. Great shots were recalled by both sides in the bar and over a fantastic roast dinner. Another great win for SENIOR GOLF.
Report Captain Mike Steward.