Club results for June 26, 2021
Barry Rhodes is the individual matchplay champ for 2021 after a final on Saturday (June 26) against Peter Watson that wasn't decided until the 18th hole.
The 31 handicapper deserved his narrow victory after leading for much of the match, playing the par threes well and producing top shots when it mattered most.
Peter had a chance to take the match to extra holes but narrowly missed a 9 foot putt for par on the 18th, one of a number of opportunities he spurned during a tight and tense tussle in very heavy course conditions off the blue tees.
Peter - who had to give Barry 23 shots - needed a fast start but he butchered the first and bogeyed the second to gift him a crucial early lead. He got one back after Barry messed up No 3, but then bogeyed No 5 to fall two behind again. Barry three-putted No 6 to concede the hole to a par and then got lucky on No 7 when his drive just cleared the creek and his second shot hit a tree and rebounded back onto the fairway to enable him to halve the hole with a bogey. It was back to two-up when Barry used a two-shot buffer to win No 8, however Peter struck back immediately with a conceded birdie on No 9 to go to the turn just one behind.
A bogey on No 10 was good enough to see him draw level for the first time. After two halved holes, Peter edged ahead with a par on the difficult No 13 up the hill when Barry had tree trouble. It was all square again after Barry parred No 14. He then got up and down superbly from distance to win No 15 only for Peter to tie it again with a par on No 16. The vital break came on the next hole when Barry again got up and down for a five, while Peter's par putt slid by, meaning he had to win No 18 to extend the match. With a two-shot cushion, Barry did what he had too to get on the green in five and two-putted for a half after Peter missed yet another gettable putt for par.
In the match of the day, an Irish stableford off the white tees, Lindsay Brooks - with a nett 69 - played some exceptional wet weather golf to finish top of a small field with 78 stableford points. Peter Green was next with 70 points followed by Andy Isle (68), Dean Goodman (66) with Andrew Craig (65) rounding off the top five. Rangi Kohe had a good collect with the only two of the day.
This Saturday is a Barkman Trophy and Shootout round, although club members are encouraged to enter the tier one event ,The Turf Classic, at Nelson Golf Course. This is a four ball best ball starting at 11.30am and costing $35 per person.