Okay, so we had the next round of our 4BBB matchplay today and it was windy but dry out at Rosebud. Dwayne was ready for me to pick up (and pay for) before the round so the first round with actual-Dwayne in the bag, but the only difference from the version I have been hitting the last couple of weeks is 0.75 inches off the shaft. Can't say that I noticed the difference on the course of the shorter shaft, but was certainly more convenient to get him in the boot of the car after the round.
Both teams were playing a low-marker/mid-marker combo - with the two low markers within a shot of each other. The higher marker on the other team was taking 6 shots from me, so it basically broke out to a third of the holes where she had a shot only, a third of the holes where both of us had shots and a third where nobody did. It really highlighted the matchplay index as those thirds were spread out evenly across the round.
It was close and never got out by more than 2, but it generally seemed to be us catching up. We were down by 2 with three holes to go and really looking at pulling out some good shots to keep in the match. On the 16th which is a longish dogleg left, it is not a guarantee to be in range for GIR for any of us, but with a lovely drive from Dwayne I was in position 1. Followed it up with a great approach to leave me 10 feet below the hole. That was enough pressure to make the other team fall apart, both hitting through the green for three. With a shot in my pocket, they conceded the hole when their respective chips were poor, which had us one down.
The 17th hates me for no particular reason - it is a not terribly long not terribly difficult par 5 with some trouble around the green but it kicks my butt week after week. Another good drive from Dwayne had me playing last. My second was struck well but wandered left into the rough at the end, so my approach was going to depend on what shot I had under the overhanging trees. Not an easy shot but nobody else was on the green in reg though one of my opponents with a good short game was 20m short. Needed to punch a low shot and try and draw it a little and managed to pull it off almost perfectly, leaving me barely in the fringe at the front of the green. Good short game opponent didn't leave herself a gimme for par, so I just needed to get down in two to win the hole. Decent approach putt left me 4.5 feet for par with my opponents in for 6. Managed to pop it straight in the hole and we were all square heading up the last.
Both my partner and I put good drives in the fairway while both our opponents leaked theirs into the rough right. The high marker had a shot on the hole, but the green is only barely in range even with a good drive for us. The best the opponents could do was leave a full shot on for their third, which left the door open. Both my partner and I hit good shots, but neither on the short grass - her about 50m short and me about 10m off the green with a chip running down the hill. One of us needed to put it close to try and close out the match. I hit an okay shot, but my partner put it within 3 feet. That proved too much for our opponents to match and the conceded the hole and the match.
A great victory in the end won with good shots rather lost with errors. We are now through to the grand final, which isn't to be held until the first week in October. Time for some more lessons and practice before then.