Sand tricks Andy
out of his fiver

Modesty forbids me claiming a world record but I bet it’s a Welsh record — an improvement of 31 shots in medal rounds just a week apart.

Mind you, not many golfers return a medal card showing that 142 strokes have been made over a round of 18 holes. It should be a criminal offence.

But, at least, I finished the round on what was a difficult day for scoring. Only three broke 80 and there were over 40 Nrs — golfers who didn’t complete their cards for one reason or another.

One of them was Andy Ferrier who had had a fiver bet with me. Since he didn‘t complete his card even my 142 was the winner.

Naturally, he wanted a chance to win his fiver back and, as luck would have it, there was another medal the following Saturday which was last weekend.

The difference was that whereas we played in different three-balls on the previous Saturday we would be in the same group this time– and would be sharing a buggy. We weren’t likely to fall out despite the tension.

In fact, it was polite a sporting encounter as you would expect between lifelong hackers. The third member of our group was Phil Mardon who plays off 15 and was unaware of our revenge battle.

He was also unaware that we were both 28 handicappers but it was too late for him to back out.

Although my start was an improvement on the previous week, my six on the par four first was topped by Andy’s 5. He then parred the second while I produced another six via a bunker.

The par-five third turned out to be troublesome for Phil who slightly tugged his tee shot and we assumed it took a dive into the woods because we couldn’t find it. I offered to give him a lift back to play three off the tee but he said he wouldn’t bother.

Later he admitted that he was struggling with his back and when we reached the half-way house asked us if we minded him calling it a day.

So were left to battle on alone. Andy, in fairness, was much the steadier. He hits the ball further than me, though not always in the right direction, and he has a more consistent short game.

After nine holes I had taken 60 shots (15 better than the previous week) while he had a 58.

And he continued to keep his nose in from and on the 15th, a long uphill par four, he was four shots ahead and my prospects didn’t look too good.

Then, his third shot went into the greenside bunker. His first attempt looked good but just caught the top lip and bounced back into the sand. His next attempt did the same, and the next. I shouted at him to stand back and take a moment but he pressed on and the ball wouldn’t budge until his eighth attempt.

He had to settle for a 15 and his morale in free-fall. He battled on bravely but the gap was too big to pull back.

That’s the trouble with us hackers. We can proceed in a fairly decent way and there’s always one hole that kicks you in the stomach.

When I stood on the par three 18th tee I needed a four to break 110 and my tee shot finished only ten yards short of the front of the green. Foolishly, I decided to use my putter and take a whack at it. The flag was well to the back but my ball sent like a rocket and finished off the green about 10 yards beyond the pin.

There was a sizeable crowd of members who had finished their rounds and were enjoying a beer. Knowing about our bet, they were also quite explicit in their mockery at my efforts particularly when I knocked the return eight feet past.

I finished with a six and a total of 111, a Nelson they call it in cricket, while Andrew had a 117.

There’s another medal this weekend but Andy can’t play so there’s no money to be earned but whenever we play in future we’ll have a fiver on it because we think it will spur us towards breaking the 100 barrier . God knows we’ve tried everything else.

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Andy fights for
his fiver back

Andy Ferrier, my fellow 28-handicapper who last weekend lost a fiver to me despite my returning the shameful score of 142 in a medal, is seeking his revenge — and, especially, his fiver.

Last week we weren’t playing in the same three-ball but had a fiver on the outcome. He was in the three behind and while I was finding trouble after trouble he seemed to be doing well. At least, every time I looked behind he was happily waving at me.

So when I reached the clubhouse I was ready to pay up. But it was he who handed me the money. He’d started six, eight and 12 and when he lost a ball on the fourth he voided his card.

So that made me the winner and him a laughing-stock. Of course, he claims that had he carried on he would have scored far fewer that 142 but I doubt it.

Anyhow, there is another medal this weekend and he is determined to win his fiver back. I don’t think I could ever play as badly again so I’m confident. I’ve been playing a few holes on my own during the week and haven’t hit the ball badly.

Andy played in the Wednesday swindle and scored only 19 points so his form is not bright. He hit’s the ball a hell of a long way but, like me, finds trouble in ways you can’t possible imagine.

But the golf will be played in the best possible spirit and since we are sharing a buggy it better be.

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his fiver back

  1. Peter- No matter what — make sure you put your card in and encourage all others to do the same!

    We cant all win and we cant all be last, but it is important that we all compete to the end…. a bit like playing cricket as a kid and batting for ever, but always prepared to do your share of fielding and bowling!!

    And even if your total score is not what you want…. you always got a chance of a hole in one!!

    Have a great day… see you at the 19th!

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