You can always guarantee a close match on a very well
presented golf course at Purley Downs, and this Autumns A Team fixture was
right there among the best.
Ben and I had a fantastic match against former Surrey Colts ace Joe Carmody Firth and Purley scratch Veteran Sean Wells with both teams comfortably under par.
It took one of my best iron shots of the day to 2 feet on the last and a cool head from Ben to roll in the birdie to secure the win.
New to the Surrey team, Maartens Van Rensburg was playing in just in second game for the A Team and was partnered with this years County and Mid Age Champion Jacob Aaholm. A partnership he was glad to have as they had a very close game and secured a half down the last.
Ever steady Veteran in the Surrey A Team Keith Collins was given another Rookie to mentor in Banstead’s Tom Hanley.
Using his calm magic and hot putter, Keith took Tom under his wing and managed an excellent 3&2 victory against tough opponents.
The final match of the morning was another closely fought contest, with Surrey Seniors Martin Cooper and John Cassidy rolling back the years gaining another half point.
Morning score 3-1 in Surrey’s favour.
Looking out across the golf course, everyone was very pleased to get the AM Foresomes completed in the dry as the rain stared to fall from the heavens over lunch.
Sadly, with the weather getting increasing wetter and heavier with no sign of remorse, the decision was taken to keep the afternoon fourballs down to just nine holes.
With this in mind, on went the rain gear and out came the umbrellas and onto the 10th tee we walked.
Taking on Joe again in the afternoon, this time with Surrey Champ Jacob Aaholm against Walton Heath and Purley Scratch Veteran Martin Hayes, some good golf was needed.
Jacob played very steady with a particularly good par save on 14 being the highlight of the afternoon.
Despite being a little more wayward than this morning, I played the aggressor in the side making 4 good birdies over the nine holes.
The last of which was a carbon copy of 18 from this morning stuffing it again to 2 feet to bring another great match to a half.
Behind me, looked a pair of very wet teams walking up the 18th fairway glad of the shortened afternoon match.
Ben and Tom were sadly unable to keep their form going from the morning as Purley’s Adam Bailey rolled in a 15 foot putt for par to secure the win for the home side.
Keith Collins and John Cassidy seemed unbothered by the rain as they calmly rolled in their pars to half their afternoon match.
So…… 4 – 3 so far to Surrey with just one group left on the course…… and Surrey’s Martin Cooper seems completely lost walking around the 10th tee in the distance looking for his ball!
I slowly walk up to Purley’s Duncan Hamilton and ask the what’s going on?
He reply’s “you guys are 4 up, sorry, let me re-phrase that, Maartens is 4 up!” Maartens then stands over his 20 footer for birdie on the last and slams it straight into the middle gaining the applause from the two teams.
Excellent company, great golf and superb venue.
How golf should be (just need a little more sun next time!)
Surrey A Team Captain