Club results for June 19, 2021
The finalists of the individual matchplay will be hoping for some sorely needed fine weather after the semis were played in miserable conditions on Saturday (June 19).
At the top of the draw Paul McCrae lasted nine holes against Peter Watson before the cold and wet got the better of him. When he pulled the pin Peter was two up and playing solidly.
After halving the first, Paul - who started with a 13-shot advantage - chipped in to halve the second with a par. Peter escaped from the trees on No 3 to halve the hole with a bogey and then chipped in for a par on No 4 to take the lead. Both made long putts at No 5 to halve the hole before Peter floated in a sand wedge from 60m to three feet on No 6 for a par to go two up. After No 7 was shared with bogies, Paul got one back at No 8 after Peter's drive found the water hazard. Paul's day came to a sodden end on No 9 after he found the river with his fifth with Peter safely on the green in four.
The other semi between Barry Rhodes and Warren Carey lasted much longer. Wazza - who had to give Barry 10 shots - made the perfect start by winning the first with a birdie but lost the second with a poor chip to Barry's par. He regained the lead after Barry mucked up No 3, but then lost No 4 and 5. After four halved holes they went to the turn with Barry 1-up. Wazza got it back to all square with a bogey at No 10, but then his game got ragged as Barry won three on the trot to take control. A Wazza par at No 14 cut the deficit to two but it was back to three after they both scored 6 on No 15. The match ended at the next hole after both bogeyed it with Barry getting a shot. His 3/2 win was deserved as he struck the ball straighter and more consistently than Wazza and his chipping and putting was sounder.
In the match of the day, an international stableford also off the blue tees, Warwick King headed a small field with a commendable six points. Dean Goodman finished a solid second on three points, just ahead of Peter Green (2), who also bagged the only two of the day at No 2. Also in the field was local pro and coach Nick Loach who shot an impressive 76 off the stick given the difficult conditions.
Next week (June 26) is the final of the individual matchplay, while the match of the day will be an Irish stableford off the white tees.