Joined the SGA guys for round 1 of their Matchplay comp at everyone’s favorite course - Eynesbury.
First time playing matchplay for >20 years and forgot how much I loved it.
We’re square after 7. With a shot up my sleeve on our 8th hole, I went on a run of 4 wins in the next 5 holes with a Par, Bogey, Bogey (half), 40 meter chip in Birdie and Par.
Then the scores got to my head and started thinking what I needed. 4 up with 6 to go had the mind ticking.
“Win two more holes and it’s done” turned in to losing the next three holes with terrible driving, irons and short game.
1 up with 3 to go. Got to the 9th hole (our 16th) and my opponent smacks one down the middle. I step up and fly one straight into the left hand trap. Walk up to a lucky break, finding the ball had run through into the rough leaving a 9 iron in over those stupid fairway trees instead of a mystery bet shot (bunkers were in PUTRID condition). Got to the front edge, as did my opponent and it became a chipping comp. Both of us stuffed them and two putted to half the hole going into the Par 5 tenth.
Opponent puts his into the left trap and I stupidly slice one a couple of meters from the water hazard under a tree. He blasts out to the right of the fairway and my 3 iron 25% swing hits the only overhanging branch and drops 20 meters in front of me with another tree in my way. Another chip out, this time advancing 120 meters. Opponent hits his third into the front right trap and I pitch 105 meters to about 20 feet. Get up to see my opponent in probably the worst bunker on the course - more grass than sand and hard as a rock. He flys the green into the back trap and hits his 5th to about 15 feet. 2 putt for me left him with a tricky downhill put to half. Thankfully (for me), he misses and it's game over (which we only realised half way to the next tee).
Driver was nowhere near as good as Friday, approach shots nothing to write home about, but VERY handy around the greens with the chipping, which certainly took the pressure off the putting.
Greens were in very good condition, but the heat looks to have taken its toll on the rest of the course. Hard fairways that are in need of a drink and bunkers that look like they haven't been raked since New Years Day. Understandably dry and almost expected with the weather lately, but the bunkers were disappointing.
After frying on Friday and sweating through today, it's time for a bit of a break now. Next game will be Thursday night 9-hole twilight comp at Sanctuary Lakes, where I'm looking to add to my 19 points from 2 weeks ago.