Andrew Gardner v Pete Frost
Andrew Gardner waived home draw advantage to play Pete at his home course The Addington. The course was at its mid-summer toughest, especially the greens which were super quick. Andrew received 12 shots.
After the 1st hole was halved in par, Andrew gained an early advantage at the next hole after Pete three putted. Pete immediately levelled, but gave away the 4th with another three putt from short range. However, it was all square again at the 5th after Andrew ended up behind a tree short of the green and taking three to get out.
Holes 6 to 9 were all halved, but Andrew’s net birdie at the 10th won that hole and he was one up again. The short 11th was halved in threes, but Pete won the 12th and 13th after Andrew lost his tee shot in the heather on the former, and took too many from the trees on the latter. Pete one up.
The see saw match continued with Andrew winning the next two holes after some erratic play by his opponent, and Pete winning the 16th with a par. Two to play and all square.
The short 17th was halved in unusual fashion when Andrew lost his tee shot, but hit a fine second ball to 15 feet. Two putts gave him a net four which was good enough for a half after Pete found a greenside bunker with his tee shot and failing to get up and down.
And so on to the 18th with extra holes looming. Not to be, as Pete pushed his long drive into the trees up the right of the fairway. After three vain attempts to get out each resulting in him rebounding further into the woods Pete conceded the hole and the match.
Geoff Dawe v Mark Hitchen
Mark and Geoff played their Mond Cup semi final on 23 August. Mark kindly agreed to make the journey over to Toot Hill. The course was in great condition and we enjoyed warm and sunny weather.
In the early holes Mark found more sand than he would have liked and the greens tricky. A fine par on the 4th brought him back into contention, but a missed drive on the 5th and more sand on the 6th meant that Geoff was 3 up. Geoff found sand on 7 to lose the hole but won the 8th with a par. The 9th was halved so Geoff remained 3 up at the turn.
The 10th at Toot Hill is a toughie. OOB all the way down the left, water right and a tricky green. Mark's par after a super chip was a winner. A par on the 11th restored Geoff's advantage. The standard dipped on 12th as both T shots ended up in the water, so halved in double bogeys. On the 13th Geoff thought he had the advantage, but played the wrong ball and conceded the hole. With a shot Mark halved the 14th. Then the fun started. On the short 15th Geoff sank a birdie putt to go dormy 3. Mark responded with a solid 6 on the long par 5 and then sank a 60' birdie putt on the 17th. Game on. But not so fast young man as Geoff followed him in from 40' to win 2 and 1. To show it was no fluke Geoff birdied 18!
All done soon after 11, allowing time for a cuppa and sandwich.