Mond Cup 2022 - 1st round reports

Simon Shapcott vs Owen Jones : 

Simon and Owen played out their match on a lush green Bedford and County course in some intermittent rain.  While Simon had ceded home advantage to fit the game in with travel plans, he got off to a strong start as Owen struggled to find his game.  A comeback was looking possible after the turn as Owen clocked up a couple of holes in response, but some uncharacteristic mistakes compounded the damage from the first nine, allowing Simon to see out a 4&3 win.  Great course, with some fantastic views over the hills, tricky greens and sloping fairways.

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Mark Htichen v Peter Millard :

Mark hosted Peter at Flackwell Heath on an overcast evening, which did produce a few short showers but thankfully was mainly dry. The two players had very similar handicaps, which meant that Mark had to give Peter 2 shots over the round. The direction of the match fluctuated throughout with only 4 holes halved in the match, which went the full distance.

Peter started the better and was 2 up after 7. However, a run of 5 consecutive pars took Mark to 2 up after 12. Peter’s short game kept him in the match over the next few holes, with three holes in a row being halved, until they reached the long par 4 15th, where Peter received his second shot, which enabled him to reduce the deficit to one hole. Peter then brought the match all square on 16 with a par 4.

On 17, both players had tree-trouble and, in a real match play environment, Peter took the hole and the lead with a 7 to an 8 on this par 5 hole. A par 4 on the last was sufficient for Peter to win his fourth consecutive hole and to take the match by 2 holes. A really good match in which both players were under net par for their rounds.

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Will Donaldson vs Geoff Dawe :

Will Donaldson welcomed Geoff Dawe to his home course of Sunningdale on what was a lovely dat for golf. Will had a daunting task giving Geoff 13 shots and it was, perhaps not surprising, that Geoff was in control and two up at the turn. However, suitably refreshed at the halfway hut, Will put in a superb level par back nine to grind out the win on the 17th. Both agreed it was a fun day.

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James Milligan vs John Rea :

James gave up home advantage to play John at his home course of Verulam. Unfortunately for James, John was in sparkling form early on and by the time James put together any sort of form, the game was all but over. For his credit, James played the last 11 holes in par but that was not enough and John was an easy winner at 8&7.