We embarked on our 2nd League match of the season away to Dorset at the magnificent Broadstone, playing on Sunday 2nd of July.
Having learnt lessons from horrendous previous journeys on the 2 years before through the New Forest on busy Saturday mornings, we decided to travel on Friday, a decision I am certain had a positive impact on the eventual result.
The course was magnificent on Sunday in warm but breezy conditions.
Foursomes pairs were-
David Corben & Harry Plowman Ollington
Max O Hagan & Alfie Fox
David Primrose & Obe Ayton
Kieran Lovelock & Harvey Byers
The top pair got off to a fast start getting 2up through 4 but lost 4 holes in a row due to a combination of nice Dorset play and small Surrey errors. Dave & Harry continued to battle and following a perfect iron on 16 which produced a birdie, then following a great putt from Harry, we found ourselves square on the last tee.
Both teams found the fairway and when Dorset missed from 20 feet Harry had a chance to snatch a point that looked unlikely half an hour previous. However his putt just missed on the right side. Match Halved.
Matches 2 & 3 saw some excellent Surrey Golf culminating in 2up and 3&2 win respectively, witnessed by our Chief Executive, John Davies. Also our President, Jack Buchanan, and our Honorary Patron, Peter Alliss, were there supporting the team.
Match 4 had been close all morning with Kieran & Harvey getting to the last tee 1 hole to the good. A very good Dorset birdie saw another match halved and a score line of 1-3 at lunch.
After a lovely lunch we set about winning the match in the singles. The
batting order was-
Captain Corben was up against former Challenge Tour winner, Lee James. The match was close all the way with Dave just missing on the last green with a birdie try to lose by 1 hole. News came from further back that County Champion Max and his fellow teenager, Harry, had won in the country by 6&4. A Dorset birdie on 16 saw debutant Obe come down the hill at the 17th trailing by 1 hole. Despite valiant efforts for birdies on the last 2 holes it was another point to Dorset.
Alfie had suffered all weekend with severe hay fever and unsurprisingly couldn't quite match his morning performance losing 5&4. As usual we had taken out our insurance policy at the back with Harvey coming down 17 a hole to the good and news of DP being 2up after 15. Kieran was battling to come from 1 down early to square his match on the 13th. Harvey was looking like winning on 17th until an outrageous up and down from Dorset saw him come up the final hole for the second time in the match. Harvey found the fairway and followed with a nice wedge to around 15 feet, comfortably inside his opponent. However a Dorset birdie putt that would have gone several feet past somehow found the bottom of the hole, and with Harvey's attempt narrowly missing he found himself with another halved
match. A quick sprint back up the hill saw the team get to the 16th green just in time to see DP par the 16th to win his match 3&2 and seal an important away victory for the team. Kieran followed closely and took the lead for the first time with a par at the 16th.
A very uncharacteristic 3 putt at 17 from the Hindhead man saw another match go up the final hole. This error was to be compounded by a fine Dorset approach to tap in distance for a birdie and Kieran had a very rare singles defeat.
The final score was Dorset 5.5 Surrey 6.5. We now look forward to our last 2
matches, both at home against Hampshire and Kent.
Many thanks to my wingman Jim Christine for his massive help in preparing the team for this important victory and also to Surrey legend, Simon Crockett for his on course input with the players as match day Captain.
Harvey Byers checks his angles
having a Practice round