MATCH REPORT: FOREST HILLS SENIORS V THE PARC 12/6/18. AWAY.
What a fantastic venue to play Senior match play golf. The course is cleverly designed to make you think about each shot – tee to green. Off the fairway and you might struggle even though the course has been cut superbly. The semi cut grass is tough. The greens are true but need extra effort from the Forest Hills team to get the ball to the hole. Better than this is the choice and quality of the comfort food provided by the behind scenes staff. TOP CLASS!!! But better than that is the massive welcome we received from the playing members at THE PARC.
Captain Mike Steward and Colin Grindleled the attack against the ‘Howard’ pairing. Mike played the first 5 holes and the last 4 whilst Colin took over in the middle. It was close all the way round with the home team always ahead – away teams’ putting was short and chipping even shorter! However, Forest Hills secured a 2 up lead on the 16th. Mike jumped the gaping bunker on the 18th for a par resulting in a WIN 1 UP.
The Parc was a new course to bothDave Shuttleworth and Colin White.Between them they plotted the course quite well but a par putt on the 18th by the opposition secured a well fought, enjoyable and justifiable HALF.
‘Great Fun’ sums up the comments from the away team. There are a lot of Forest Hills balls left out there for other visitors to find but the pairing of Ian Smart and Steve Keepax just squeezed ahead of the home team on the 15th. Steve did the damage on the front nine and Ian closed the match on the back. WIN 3 & 2.
Last minute team selection of Graham HOWARD with Martin MCNEILL worked a treat. Graham, who always puts himself down, used his shots well and the visitors found themselves easing away with a 4 hole advantage. The home side never gave up and were just a tadge unlucky to lose. WIN 2 & 1.
Jim Fairweather, another ‘day before’ recruit, enjoyed a hard ‘nip and tuck’ game with John Humphries as they battled against an experienced home side. Many a hole ended in pars or gross birdies – too many to the opposition in the end. LOSS 3 & 2.
Paul Taylor and Geoff Pearson took their time to wake up against their canny opposition. It took ‘2 down at the turn’ for the Forest Hills to raise their game.
Raise their game they did as they got used to the pace of the greens and left the 18th smiling and, finally, pleased with their golf day. WIN 2 & 1.
Mike Nicholas and Dave Robinson were treated ‘very badly’ by their hosts who merely showed the away teamhow to play golf on their course. Mike and Dave tried to catch them but it was a hard but enjoyable task.
Great fun but LOSS 3 & 2.
Sadly, for The Parc, ‘VALIANT PAT’ had to play on his own against Pete Chisholm and John Bodner. Pete mentored John all the way round to great affect for Johns game. 4 holes up at the turn thanks to John and his shots. Now and again Pete showed that he could play golf too and Pat played very well on his own. A WIN 6 & 5was almost inevitable but great support and encouragement all-round won this match.
Someone from the visiting side has suggested that The Parc golf course is richer by some 13 – 19 Forest Hills Golf balls after today. I think this could be an understatement.The final result of FOREST HILLS 5 1/2 to THE PARC 2 1/2is much less important than the great time that was had by all.
Forest Hills Senior Captain.