Club results for June 11, 2022
- 11 June 2022
- Peter Watson
There are many ways to win and lose and quite a range of them were used on Saturday (June 11) as the semifinalists of the Individual Matchplay and flight were found.
In sodden conditions off the blue tees, serial winner Paul Tunnicliff always had his nose in front against Andrew Craig despite giving him a seven-shot start. Both men came into the tie in good form, but it was Paul who handled the difficult conditions better in going to the turn two up. They traded holes until Paul parred No 14 and 15 to put the match to bed 4/3. His net 73 against Andrew's 80 underlined his edge.
Defending champion Barry Rhodes had a 12-shot advantage over Geoff Halkett and made it count by winning the first two holes, but Geoff was soon back on even terms before Barry won No 8 and 9 to restore his 2-up lead at the the halfway point. But like he did in his previous round, Geoff found an extra gear on the back nine as Barry faltered, winning five of the next seven holes - including a birdie two at No 14 - to close it out 3/2.
Callum Hogg started his match against Peter Green in spectacular fashion by birdieing the tough No 4 up the hill and parring the next. Peter bounced straight back to win the next two with pars only to muck up No 8 and No 9 to hand the advantage straight back. With a 14-shot buffer, Callum then won the next two to take a stranglehold on the match. A couple of loose holes down the home stretch allowed a persistent Peter to reduce the margin to just one going to the last, but a pair of matching bogies was enough to see Callum - who shot a net 73 - claim a meritorious 2 up win over one of the competition favourites.
Warwick King was resigned to losing after being down three with four holes to play against Steve Russell, but somehow emerged an unlikely winner on their 19th hole through a combination of holding his nerve while Steve self-destructed. Earlier - despite losing their first hole - Steve, who had to give 11 shots, had methodically built a seemingly safe lead, although neither player had their A game. However, several poor drives and river ball later, Steve was left shaking his head while Warwick - who holed some good putts - celebrated a Houdini-like escape.
In the flight for quarter-final losers, Andy Isle shot the round of the day - a 75 off the stick - to thrash Bradley Brown 8/6. He will play Peter Watson who took some time to dispatch Lloyd Patchett 4/3. Keri Kotua came from behind to defeat Roma Elkington 4/3 to earn a passage straight through to the final after neither player in the other tie showed up.
In the match of the day for those not involved in the matchplay, Saturday competition newcomer Chris Louth took the honours on countback after he, Dean Goodman and Aaron Kotua all finished on -2. Dean got the nod for second.
Geoff Halkett and Jason Lee shared the twos money.
Next Saturday (June 18) we play the semifinals of the matchplay, while the match of the day is a stableford off the white tees.