The end to another good golf season came at Burhill over the weekend of the 24th November.
With rain falling while both teams enjoyed coffee and bacon rolls, and players thinking how long is it going to last. We set about getting ready. Thankfully the rain halted and left grey skies only.
The first match out saw 2 strong pairings with Mike Ducker and Tom Spreadborough up against Alex Tonge and Liam Cox of Burhill. A close match was always going to insure. Neither team set the course on fire but a classic match was in progress, with Mike and Tom coming out on top winning 1 up.
Match 2 saw the ageless Keith Collins and Ben Palmer take on Pete Cummins and Chris Hogben of Burhill, an explosive start from the home side saw them 2 up through 2 with birdies at both. A birdie on 3 pulled a hole back then more birdies flew in, on the ensuing holes and soon we were facing a hiding. On the 14th Keith decided to join the game with a chip in for birdie and a win, same happened on the next hole and we were back in the game, now 1 down with 3 to play we pulled level on 17 and all down to the last, 4 good drives down, onto the second shots, Chris missed right, Keith missed left (chipping was on fire) and Pete short middle, I hit the green (phew). Thankfully Keith didn't chip in but holed his par putt to allow me a free roll. Both Keith and myself willing for the halve match both players narrowly missed their par putts, so a 1 up win to the county.
Next on the tee was the (postman) Phil Britton and new member to the A team Tom Everest take on Craig Ollier and Sam Ralph of Burhill, another close match with birdies flying in from Tom (6 in total) and 0 from Phil (😞) saw a 2&1 win come to the A team.
The next match has been going on for many years. Andy Inglis and Leyton Hardwick took on Andrew Glover and Ian Barker of Burhill. I was told by Leyton the point was in the bag so went out confident. After the match I hear Ian was on fire with birdies dropping from everywhere and a 3&1 win went to the home side.
Last out were the young guns of Mikey Doble and Peter Baeg up against Mike Leach and John Alexander-Brooker of Burhill. Not much was mentioned to me about this match apart from Mikey didn't have his putting game so Peter did most of the work. Another tight match with a 2 up win coming to the county.
All matches were played in good spirits and plenty of laughs on a very well presented (old) course and fast greens. After all the golf was a fantastic 3 course meal with clean plates everywhere.
I would again like to thank everyone at Burhill for their hospitality and we look forward to a tight match again next year.