SENIOR MEN'S TEAM AT MOOR PARK, FROM L TO R, GORDON STEWART, DAVE SCAMMELL, MIKE READY, LEWIS WATCHAM, WARWICK GRANT, BOB PEACOCK, SIMON KAY, TYE CARTER, GAIUS POTTON AND PAUL NANCARROW.
REPORT FROM SENIOR MEN'S TEAM MANAGER NICK O'BYRNE:
A bright sunny day yesterday (Jul 10) but fortunately cooler than of late, Moor Park with hard bouncy fairways but receptive greens, saw Herts Men's Seniors entertain their Essex counterparts in what was a very tense close and absorbing encounter.
In the early matches Essex were quick out the blocks and after 6 holes Tye Carter, Simon Kay, Paul Nancarrow and Gordon Stewart were all 2 or 3 down, with Lewis Watcham being 1 up, Warwick Grant a/s, but some light at the end of the tunnel with Mike Ready, Gaius Potton and Dave Scammell all up but Bob Peacock down.
At the half way stage a good fight back was needed to reduce the deficits and the team did not disappoint.
Those of you who know Moor Park will know the vantage point at the 15th green where you can watch action from the matches over the last 4 holes simultaneously.
In the top match Tye was on the 18th green a/s with a tricky 4 footer for a half, Lewis coming off the 17th green that he had just lost and back to a/s, Simon a/s on 17th tee, Paul losing 16 to be a/s, Gordon going up 16 1 down, Warwick 1 down through 15, and Mike 3 up on 15. Further behind Bob was 2 down, Gaius a/s and Dave comfortable ahead.
The 18th was playing into the wind and clubs ranged from a 6-8 iron, and therefore very tricky especially in a tense situation.
Tye missed his putt on 18 to lose, Lewis had a good birdie opportunity on 18 which shaved the hole, Simon halved, So after the top 3 matches we were 2/1 down, Paul won both 17 & 18 to win 1 up, whilst Gordon halved the last to lose 1 down, Warwick also a/s halved the last so with the top 6 matches all going down the 18th we were 3.5/2.5 down, but with likely wins from Mike and Dave 1 more point was needed from either Bob who was 2 down after 14 and Gaius a/s.
Mike and Dave duly won, and at this stage all very tense as Gaius had lost his 2 hole lead and looked like losing 15 to go 1 down and Bob was going up 16 also 1 down, so at that stage I would have settled for a drawn match meaning that we would need to beat BBO in our final match to still win the league. So in our control.
However Gaius managed a halve on 15 and 16, and so a/s coming down 17 whilst Bob managed to back to a/s on the 18th tee.
With all the players from both sides gathered around the 18th tee we saw Bob hit a great 6 iron tee shot to about 4 feet whilst Gaius looked favourite to lose the 17th and go 1 down until he holed his 10 footer to great applause (and relief) and his opponent missed from 3. Gaius now 1 up.... which meant with a minimum halve and Bob in such good position a win was actually on the cards.
Bob calmly holed out for birdie and Gaius halving the last meant a comfortable score line which had looked well beyond our reach an hour earlier, in winning the last 4 matches.
For Tim Dunstan and myself it was very tense and absorbing watching the result unfold with 8 matches going up the 18th and a similar feeling as to watching a penalty shoot out!!
Well done the team on a great win and now look forward to our final league match against our old adversaries BB&O at Beaconsfield on Monday 10th September.
MIKE READY, BOB PEACOCK, GAIUS POTTON, DAVE SCAMMELL WITH HGL CHAIR ROBIN COLBOURNE ON THE 1ST TEE