The 17th is a 160 yard downhill par 3 through a tunnel of trees to a green set into the side of a hill so it’s a daunting tee shot and if you miss it right you’re dead!
It was my tee shot and I struck it well and the ball finished pin high some 15 feet left of the hole. Their tee shot was going left heading into rough and scrub on the bank well left of the green.
Well, what a kick both for them and for us, in the teeth! Their ball bounced back onto the green and rolled to within 5 feet of the hole!
James putted first and narrowly missed and the next was conceded. So they had a 5 footer to win the hole and go all square. You’ve guessed it, in it went and it was off to the 18th all square.
Both drives finished in the right hand semi-rough and they had a clear shot to the green whereas our ball was on the downslope of a bank with some high trees about 15 yards ahead blocking our view to the green, not ideal!!
Gloucester played first and their ball came up short, kicked right into the greenside bunker. Pay back for their lucky bounce on the 17th I thought.
It was my shot and with no way under the trees it was up and over! With 100 yards to go I selected my 52 degree wedge and prayed. I struck it perfectly and it soared over the trees and landed about 18 feet left of the hole.
A half at worst, with them in the bunker and maybe a win for us if James could can the birdie putt, well they blasted out to within gimme distance and so Jimbo had a putt for the win.
A rush of blood saw him miss and knock it 3 feet past leaving me to hole a knee knocker for a half. Thankfully I holed it and we had secured half a point for the team.
Onto the singles and I was in the top match against their number one player and to be honest I was intimidated by his International status and low handicap and to cut a long story short I suffered a humiliating 7 and 6 spanking.
A lesson learned though and that was never take anything for granted and don’t be intimidated by reputation.
I was cheered up when I got home and found a box from Bunker Mentality waiting for me that contained a selection of their belts and caps which I absolutely love. Check out the link to their website for some cutting edge golf gear.
See you soon for another episode in my life.
Fairways and Greens.