After the recent rains, the Lakes course was a beautiful emerald green as the Doubles Final got under way on Sunday 30th September. Forty to fifty miles an hour gusts of wind made the going very tough for the finalists, Leon Wych and Gary Ferrar who were taking on Iain Bain and Dave Morgan. Ian off twelve and Dave off six won the Winter League final in March of this year and were hoping to do the double.
Leon and Gary struck first and were one up after two holes but were immediately pegged back on hole three. The game was nip and tuck but Ian and Dave were two ahead after the front nine and went a further hole ahead on the eleventh. Leon, who plays off eight, and Gary off eleven managed to win the fourteenth, they then halved the fifteenth but they were still two down. The pair on a roll now also won the sixteenth and seventeenth to square the match with just one hole to go.
Nerves were jangling all round as they teed off on the eighteenth but a casual observer would not have known as they all hit perfect tee shots straight down the middle to end up with clear shots to the very difficult eighteenth green. Again both pairs made light work of it and hit great shots to be in with birdie chances which both sides took to keep the score level. They knew that they would now have to play extra holes until a winner was found.
The wind had turned a little and when they teed off on the first again, their nineteenth hole, they were hitting directly into a very heavy head wind, making shot selection difficult. Leon and Gary were just off the green for two and Dave was on the green for three. Leon chipped first and narrowly missed for a birdie to win the final but he had left himself an easy tap in for the par. Gary also came very close to chipping in but at least they had the half and the worst that could happen would be continuing the match. Dave had a very tricky ten footer downhill from left to right for the par to take the match onto the next hole. The wind conspired to move his ball in the last few inches as it slowed and it just missed, giving Leon and Gary the win. Dave and Ian were gutted to have come so far but paid tribute to the winners for their self belief and never giving up. Leon and Gary said that they knew that they were in for a tough game against two well renowned and experienced match players and that is exactly what they got. They were “over the moon” with the win but said that it could have gone either way.
Both pairs could meet again over the coming winter as they are both competing in the Winter League starting in just a few weeks time.
The Seniors finished their season off with a half at Birstall Golf Club. The Greetham team won the first game, lost the second then went on a little run to win the next three. Captain Peter Macdonald Pearce sat biting his fingernails as his men just needed a half from the remaining three games; unfortunately that didn’t happen, as Birstall won the last three to force a half. Peter said that it would have been very nice to finish with a win but to get a half away at a course as difficult as this was still a great result. They will now go on to play their toughest opponents of this or any year, the Greetham Ladies for the Silver Salver.