Apr 10, 2016

Mens Pennant R3 2016


Close, but no cigar!

by Rod Oudshoorn


Round 3 of men's division 2 pennant was held at Kingswood Golf Club.

It is such a shame that Kingswood's fate is as it is, with this quintessential sandbelt course destined to be consigned to the annals of history and only talked about in the past tense. It has everything that defines sandbelt golf - wide fairways that only reward tee shots hit on the precise driving lines, large undulating greens that truly test the player's imagination, and bunkering that looks like it was part of the landscape even before the course was built.

Enough about the course, let's get onto the match.
 
It would not be a Cheltenham pennant match (so far this season) without a warm autumn day, an abundance of loyal supporters, and a team line up that was still to be determined 24 hours before our tee time. In fact, today it was closer to 24 minutes as we had to call up our emergency Peter Neal (who was only named emergency only 20 minutes beforehand). Peter was required to replace Chris Brock who selflessly put the team first, and pulled out as he was still unsure if he had recovered from injury sufficiently well to get through 18 holes.
 
Unfortunately, we went down in a close one to Rosanna 4-3. Two of our three winners today, Sean and Roger, notched up their first senior win for the club - well done men. Sean showed us all the golf he is capable of, holding the lead for most of his match and resisting a late comeback by his opponent (who made a couple of birdies in the closing stages) to win his match 1 up on the final hole. Roger was steady throughout, coming from 1 down through 12 to win his match 2/1. He showed amazing resilience to hang on and halve the 12th hole, despite having to hit his second shot backwards then playing an amazing shot from the trees to find the green. Two holes later he struck a bullet three wood into a stiff wind to find the green and make another crucial par. At the back of the field, Adam did what Adam does by holding off a late surge by his opponent and closed out for a 2/1 victory. This was Adam's third win in a row at number 1, and is so far proving to be a bankable point for us at the top of the order.
 
Commiserations to our other players who all fought out close matches which unfortunately did not go our way. Special mention to Peter Neal who came from 5 down (his opponent was 5 under par through 8 holes) to take his match to the final hole. Peter's opponent still had to hole a 20 foot birdie putt on the 16th hole to keep him at bay, but sadly for us his fast start was enough to see him home.
 
Finally a big thank you to our supporters. The numbers are growing with every match and I urge everyone to come out and show your support. Next week's match is another local one at Kingston Heath, and all those that come to support our players next week will have something in common with Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy and Jason Day by the end of the year. You will be able to say that you walked the same fairways as these three giants of the game as Kingston Heath will be the venue for World Cup of Golf in November. Kingston Heath is also consistently ranked in the world's top 50 courses so if nothing else come and see what all the fuss is about.
See you all there.