Winners: The Men 12-4
Hope that by now all of you are back home and all warmed up. The 2020
edition of the Bontor will probably be remembered because of a) the cold
weather and b) the decisive score line. The field would be forgiven for
mistaking the Park for a links course in Scotland. Temperatures really
dropped from 2 weeks ago. And the swirling and gusting winds created an
additional chill factor. One would assume that the winds would have less
effect on the ladies’ style of play. But the recent rains took away most
of the roll that the field have grown used to. Softer fringes made
approaches into the greens more predictable too.
Onto the order of the day:
Target: 8.0 points for the Ladies to retain – 8.5 points for the Men
The LC and MC had a good tussle. The softer conditions enabled the MC
to get a few crucial up & downs. A monster putt by the LC on the 16th
extended the match. But a par on the 17th sealed a win for the MC.
Jay controlled most of his match vs Gina. During 15 holes the balance
was clearly in his favour. But winning 3 consecutive holes earned G a
rather unexpected 0.5 point. Ladies v Men 0.5 – 1.5
In the second pair of matches both men jumped out onto early leads.
Pete was even 3Up after 3 holes. Sheena staged a brave fight back. But
in the end Pete H was a just a little better to take his match 2&1. Nick
briefly lost the lead around the turn. But he rediscovered his composure
and sealed a 2Up win. Ladies v Men 0.5 – 3.5
The first full blue point (Ladies’ colours today) came after Ronnie
took Peter Osgood to the cleaners (4&2 win). Richard halted any momentum
swing by defeating Val in an impressive 4&3 win. Ladies v Men 1.5 – 4.5
Paul Brown had a score to settle. And the golfing gods answered his
prayers. A nail biting win on the 18th hole put another red point on the
scoreboard. Mike played a solid round of golf for a comfortable 4&3 win
over Ali. Ladies v Men 1.5 – 6.5
Nigel had to chase the score line the whole time. Last year’s MC
staged a valiant comeback. But in pure match-play style he lost his
match on the last hole to Susan’s 7. Richard Inglis kept the red score
line going with a welcome 3&2 win over Joan. Ladies v Men 2.5 – 7.5
Kinga took down Patrick Murphy with a 1Up win. Fiona and Colm settled
for one the few halves today. Ladies vs Men 4.0 – 8.0
In past editions the sting used to be in the tail end of the
schedule. Not so today. The men managed to win the 4 last games by
comfortable margins (Pete G 4&2 over Anne, John Ahad 5&4 over Ann
Gardner, Seymour 5&4 vs Avi and finally Paul G 3&2 vs Julie).
Final score: Ladies – Men 4-12.
On behalf of the LC and MC thank you for braving the foul weather.
Good luck to the ladies playing the Mary Foster Bowl final tomorrow.
The new overall overall score: Men 56 - Ladies 23 - Draw 3