The 2018 MM got off to a slow and wet start, with defending champ Basil struggling to find anyone brave enough to play him, Leroy pinging a hammy, and then a huge storm knocking out Kingston Beach Golf Course for a month or two – which meant that three time Champ Felix stayed in the sheds til June.
It also saw the introduction of the new Fairness in Handicapping initiative, which will allow for greater competitiveness from the high handicappers, and hopefully see them snagging their first Majors soon.
The Gents’ Campaigns
The Defending Champ was seen as too fearsome to play, so it took a while to get someone brave enough to take him on! He kicked off his title defence at Tasmania GC in early May against Cravo. Bas was not dealt any favours by the MM Index in that match or his next one against Tim J, and ultimately fell in both battles. From a 0-2 start he needed some wins in a hurry! Being on the wrong end of all the bounces in his match v Leroy did not help – another loss. His next mission, beat Felix. Which he did! In a tough contest at Geevo. Next potential victim, Ian. And Basil was back to his best, playing under his handicap and dispatching Ian to finish with 2 wins in his last 2 matches.
The 3 time winner was looking for a 5th straight appearance in the Final this year, and he looked to kick off with the traditional Leroy battle over Kingston Beach’s hardest holes – but was delayed by the biggest storm in 40 years flooding the course. A 2up last hole win v Leroy courtesy of an overhit putt that found the middle of the cup was a traditional nailbiting start. Fell to Cravo at his nemesis course, Llanherne, to go 1 from 2. Then he shot his best ever score at Tea Tree, taking down Ian and Tim J in the process to go 3 from 4 and looking good for his 5th Final in a row. Played nicely if a little loose in his match v Basil but had some bad luck, which added up to a loss. Finished with a 3 from 5 record, sames as Leroy so assured of a playoff for the Final. While waiting for the Cravo v Ian match, Felix and Leroy played a draw (with possibly useful playoff hole). Then Cravo lost to Ian and Felix and Cravo played a draw, putting Felix in the box seat for this fifth final in a row. Complicated! But good. Until the good Gent realised he had overstated his handicap by one shot, meaning that the playoff v Cravo was now a narrow loss and he missed the Final by a whisker. Outstanding sportsmanship from our favourite golfer and Greatest Matchplay exponent.
Like many other Gents, Cravo’s best MM finish is as a losing finalist and this year he was determined to go one better. He knocked Bas over at Tasmania GC to start with, and lost one of his bunny tags! A sleep deprived win vs Tim J was immediately followed by a narrow loss to Leroy on the back nine, leaving him at 2 from 3, so right in the mix. A win vs his nemesis Felix was a great result, going 3 from 4 and taking the lead in the tournament. It took a couple of months to schedule Ian in for the last match. He thought about it waaaay too much in the interim, and did not have a good headspace for the match when it rolled around. Ian was way too good anyway. And then he drew with Felix in their playoff, but this was later revised to a 1up win, sending Cravo to the Final.
Once he got out of rehab for a hammy strain, Leroy got going against Tim J at NWB. Some huge bomb putts (30ft, 20ft) from Leroy slammed the door shut on poor Tim, with a 3&2 win. Two classic battles at Tasmania (last hole loss to Ian, last hole win v Cravo) was great golf and showcased what the MM is all about. Another last hole contest for Leroy at Kingston v Felix, this one a loss, meaning he needed more wins. He knocked over Basil at St Helens next up, leaving him 3 from 5 and possibly done for his Round Robins, needing to wait a couple months for other results to see if he makes the Final. Turned out that was good enough to make a playoff for the Final, where he was AS with Felix after 9, and took it out on the 10th hole in sudden death. Then Cravo lost to Ian and that meant another playoff. Until Felix’s handicap review put Leroy directly into the Final.
Always hard to get him out on the course, but once there, look out! Fresh off his first Major win in five years, expectations were high. He kicked off with a couple of MMs at Tasmania GC in May, with two last hole nailbiters – win vs Leroy and a half with Tim J – a great start. Played amazing at Tea Tree, but Felix was even more amazing, and he found himself at 1.5 from 3, so still with his destiny in his own hands, but not much room for error. Unfortunately he fell at the Basil hurdle, meaning that his last match v Cravo was for world rankings points only (but with a chance to get some revenge on Bas by leapfrogging him in the final standings). Ian smashed Cravo with brilliant golf at Pittwater to leapfrog Basil and claim some rankings points, and a result for POTY.
Tim got bit by the golf bug and joined the Gents Tour just in time for the MM. But make no mistake, he is here to do some damage and win some trophies! And he started like he meant it, knocking over the World Number One and Greatest of All Time, Basil, at soggy NWB. Next up he ran into Leroy and his white hot flat stick at NWB, and could not prevail. He upped the ante and bravely ventured to Tasmania GC, falling to Cravo and holing a clutch 2m putt on the last hole for a half with Ian to be 1.5 from 4. Got towelled up by a rampaging Felix at Tea Tree to be 1.5 from 5, but showed plenty and will be a threat in future years.
Matt, Dr Gaz and Darvis
No campaigns this time – the MM was almost wrapped in June and the boys hadn’t got out yet. Gaz played some brilliant golf socially. Darvy perhaps needs some Tiger woods spinal fusion to resume his nascent career. Matt sounds quite busy with work, a new house and small ones.
Final Standings after Round Robins
3 pts: Leroy, Felix & Cravo
2.5 pts: Ian
2 pts: Bas
1.5 pts: Tim J
Bas v Cravo at Tasmania GC
Bas v Tim J at NWB
Given reigning champion Basil’s opening loss to Cravo, he was keen for a win. And with the insanely optimistic handicap newcomer Tim received from the Fairness in Handicapping Committee of the Gentlepersons’ World Tour (FIHCOT), he was the best target.
Bas booked us in for the back 9 at North West Bay this afternoon, where unfortunately it rained on and off. The greens were fairly well soaked, but at least there was minimal wind.
With the MP index and respective handicaps, this was a fairly good course for Tim – getting extra 2 strokes on both of the par 3s! The 1 stroke holes were a par 5, and two of the big par 4s. This match was open for the taking.
Approaching the clubhouse together, Basil’s buggy got stuck in a ditch and his bag fell to the ground. Even with that omen, he chose to continue with the match.
Hole 1 – par 3 – 2 strokes handicap.
Big drive needed over a ditch to start things off. Basil teed an iron straight onto the green, and with a good long set up putt, he par’d, solid start. Tim’s hybrid fell short of the green but a rare good short iron got on and also 2-putted, for a bogey. Hole to Tim (T1-B0).
Hole 2 – par 4 – 2 strokes handicap.
The wide fairway on this long downhill was very forgiving, but after a decent drive Tim couldn’t aim or judge distance on the approach irons and ended up with a 7. Basil crunched his drive down the middle, then ironed a bit short, and his 3rd shot was a great chip on to the very wet green. This set up a big 6m putt for par. Hole to Bas (T1-B1).
Hole 3 – par 4 – 2 strokes handicap.
This is normally a long fairway (nearly 400m), but due to some damage the tee area was temporarily set up about 40m closer. Controversial! Both players drove well, but took two more shots to get on the green. We also both took 3 putts to finish, struggling with some fairly challenging green conditions, some holes being a lot more affected by the water than others. 6 strokes each, hole to Tim (T2-B1).
Hole 4 – par 4 – 1 stroke handicap.
Big uphill with only 1 stroke, this was one of Bas’s best opportunities. Basil’s drive went up the hill to the right, ending in rough. He got a lot of distance next, but into a bunker. On the green for 3, but a long way from the pin. His big putt wasn’t close enough to sink the next, needing a 3rd. Tim stayed on the fairway, not hitting as far as Bas but getting clean shots on approach. On the green in 3 and also needing 3 putts, 6 strokes each was unexpected but another hole for Tim (T3-B1).
Hole 5 – par 3 – 2 strokes handicap.
Both players approached this hole knowing it was the easiest of the round for Tim to win – an easy par 3 with 2 strokes headstart! Bas fell short of the green but chipped well, sinking a 3-4m putt for par. Tim fell short but with a bad lie, taking two more chips to get on and with too far for a single putt, this was the one that got away – double bogey. A draw (T3-B1).
Hole 6 – par 5 – 1 stroke handicap.
Biiiiig par 5, with the fairway turning twice. Basil crunched his drive up the fairway. Bas then thought this would be a good time to mention that it would be an easy hole for me to drive short of the women’s tees (with the big pond right there). Mind games, and it worked. Tim topped the ball off into scrub down the hill, and took multiple shots to recover onto the fairway. There was no coming back, even with decent fairway shots (loving the hybrid). Tim was on in 8 and 3-putted for 11. Basil missed the fairway on approach, but after watching all my bush bashing knew he could take it easy. On in 5, easy two-putt for 7. Hole to Bas (T3-B2).
Hole 7 – par 4 – 2 strokes handicap.
Tim wanted to quickly move on from that nightmare and recovered well here by avoiding all the trees and driving straight down the fairway. Bas went through a tree to the right of the fairway but still got plenty of distance and a good lie. Tim mis-hit an approach shot but recovered – on the green in 4, and 2-putts. The soggy greens struck poor Bas again here and he also scored 6. Hole to Tim (T4-B2).
Hole 8 – par 4 – 1 stroke handicap.
Clutch time for Bas, needing to win the last two holes to draw the match. His drive pounded straight into the dirt 20m in front of the tees, but somehow bounced as far as Tim’s ordinary fairway drive. At 135m out and with not a good view of the green Tim produced his shot of the day, gently but cleanly pushing a 6 iron over the ridge and rolling to the edge of the green. Basil had a bad lie after the muffed drive, and his approach bounced left into the bush. A penalty drop, and a chip going well over the green, and he couldn’t beat Tim’s 3-putt bogey. Bas forfeited as the hole to Tim (T5-B2) sealed this deal.
Hole 9 – par 5 – 2 strokes handicap.
Though only played for fun, we both kept to the fairway on this big uphill par 5. Bas’s par and Tim’s bogey would have been another hole to the dark side.
Leroy v Tim J at NWB
Tim and Leroy saddled up for a bit of a match yesterday in calm weather, with just a few drops of rain near the end of the match. We played the back 9 holes, Tim got 2 shots per hole and Leroy only 6 shots for the 9 (didn’t get the 1st, 5th and last).
Hole 1 – par 3 – Tim 2 shots
Tim’s tee shot went straight into the long grass in front of the tee (not making the ladies tee) and he had 2 more to be just near the green. He chipped over the green and then had 3 putts for a 6. Leroy chipped onto the green for 2 and made an 8 footer putt for par. Leroy 1 up.
Hole 2 – par 4 – Tim 1 shot
Tim went left of the tee but with some good recovery shots made the green in 4 and 3 putted for 7. Leroy had an adventure with the trees right then left to scramble a 6 to square the hole, all square. Leroy 1 up.
Hole 3 – par 4 (shortened) – Tim 1 shot
Both drives went long and a bit left, Tim made the green in 3 and 2 putted for Bogey (well done), Leroy’s second shot was a low worm burner under the trees and somehow made the green to be 30 feet from the hole, and then made the long putt for a cheeky birdie. Leroy 2 up.
Hole 4 – par 4 – Tim 1 shot
Both drives long and on the fairway, Tim had 2 shots to be just short of the green, he chipped on to be 10 feet from the hole and BOOM – drained the put for bogey. Leroy made bogey after missing a shortish putt for par. Tim wins the hole. Leroy 1 up.
Tim starting to come into some good form here 😉
Hole 5 – par 3 – Tim 2 shots
Both tee shots near the green, Tim left, Leroy right, Tim chipped over the green and then back on for 3 and 2 putts, Leroy chips on and is about 20 feet from the hole and again drained a long one for par, all square. Leroy 1 up.
Hole 6 – par 5 – Tim 1 shot
Tim’s drive went into the trees right and he had an awkward shot, which he smoked, to end up well down the neighbouring fairway. Tim said “that went a bit further than I expected to hit it”. This extra distance left him in a spot which blocked his line to the green and became the start of an adventure through the trees for Tim resulting in a few extra shots to make the green for 7 and then a few putts. Leroy made a steady bogey. Leroy 2 up.
Hole 7 – par 4 – Tim 1 shot
Leroy’s drive down the middle but shortish, he then sliced an iron around the corner trees to be just short of the green. Tim’s drive went into the trees left, where he had a few shots to get out. This included an absolutely awful lie, where Tim had to hit the ball through a bush below his feet. There may have been an air swing or 2. Tim made it to just short of the green for 7 and then finished tidily with a chip and 2 putts. Leroy messed his chip onto the green, had another chip onto the green and then 2 putts for 6 to take the hole. Leroy 3 up.
Leroy wins 3 n 2
We played the last 2 holes for fun and Tim produced the highlight of the day on the last –
Tim’s drive up the middle, second shot up the middle, third shot up the middle and just short of the green under the hill. Tim chipped on nicely to be about 12 foot from the hole and drained the putt to make PAR.
TASMANIA GC – 4 Matches
Cravo v TimJ
Ian v TimJ at Tasmania
Hole 1 – Tim 1 shot
One of the many big par 4s, at least this one is straight though. I sliced the drive right up the hill behind a bush. Have to apologise here, apart from knowing Ian crunched every drive I didn’t keep good track of his play as I really just spent the day looking for my balls in the rough and trying not to worry about holding the others back. Recovering from right-hand rough to left-hand rough with a series of mis-hits set me on track for a bad start – 8 strokes to Ian’s 6. Ian 1 up.
Hole 2 – Tim 2 shots
Steep downhill par 3 with threats on all sides. Ian landed just on the right-hand edge of the wide green, with the pin way on the left. Tim pulled into a bunker left of the green, and recovered out of the sand a long way from the pin. 3 putts each, so with 2 strokes it was a hole to Tim (quote Ian “how do I lose with a bogey!?”). All Square.
Hole 3 – Tim 1 shot
Long par 5 with a dogleg right. As with most of this course, there was a lot of fairway to hit but if you didn’t go straight you’d be in some unforgiving rough. Tim hit a clean drive and went straight down the fairway. Ian really got onto this but sliced right, hard to tell if we’d be able to find the ball so he played a safety. This also went right, but he ended up finding the 1st drive. Ian’s second shot got some distance but stayed in the rough. Tim stayed straight and safe, ending with a bogey to Ian’s double. Hole to Tim, Tim 1 up.
Hole 4 – Tim 1 shot
Longish par 4, going uphill and left. Felix had joined us half-way through the last hole to inject some banter and keep us grounded, I blame him for the poor drive. This was my worst hole of the back 9, with a lost ball and many shots in/out of rough. 11 strokes to Ian’s 5. All Square.
Hole 5 – Tim 2 shots
Par 5, slight dogleg right. Tim topped the drive and rolled 50m up onto the edge of the fairway left of ours. Ian’s drive went up and way left, straight towards a 12yo on the 10th fairway. He sure moved though when he heard ‘fore’, the ball landing only metres from where he’d been standing. Ian didn’t have a good view of the green from up there, but got great distance and kept his ball low and straight towards the pin, he ended with a bogey. Tim stayed pretty straight but struggled on the green, again, for a double-bogey. Hole to Tim, Tim 1 up.
Hole 6 – Tim 1 shot
Shortish par 4, but uphill and left with some dangerous bunkers around the green. Though I recall again muffing my drive and struggling to locate the ball, my lasting memory of this hole was the discussion of our handicaps. Turns out we had gotten it the wrong way around – I should have gotten 2 on the 1st hole and only 1 stroke on all the others. My gut sank, and I’m sure Ian’s heart rose in his chest! Looking at our actual scores thus far though, it wasn’t as bad as I thought, with us All Square to this point. I double-bogied this hole and Ian got a bogey. All Square.
Hole 7 – Tim 1 shot
Looking down at a long, straight, narrow fairway, the memories of all my muffed drives scared me into a hybrid on this hole, which I promptly pulled left into scrub at the bottom of the hill. A safety went into the same spot. Ian crunched his drive, I don’t recall what else happened on this hole but I recovered well enough with a big hybrid, Tim +3 to Ian’s +2, another wash. All Square.
Hole Eight – Tim 1 shot
Par 4 uphill to the left. I drove first, wanting to put some pressure on Ian. If I won this hole he’d be really up against it to save the match. My drive was good, one of the few I kept on the fairway. Ian’s went long but so far right, there was talk of an out of bounds area, drops, penalties. After a couple of ugly safeties, it was lucky he located the first drive which must have hit a tree as it was back out onto the edge of the fairway, with a straight line to the green! Tim’s fairway shot banked left into some trees which took a couple of shots to get out of, and the approach iron dropped into a bunker short of the green. I was there for 4, with Ian in that same bunker for 2. We got out ok, but I didn’t recover on the green, Ian’s bogey beating my triple. Ian 1 up.
Hole Nine – Tim 1 shot
Bit of uphill on this par 3 caught us all unaware, Tim falling short of the green and Ian slicing right of it into rough. I chipped far up onto the top of the green, with a big downhill slope. Ian took two chips to get onto the green, and two-putted for 5. Tim’s long downhill putt rolled way past the hole, and the next uphill putt fell far short. With another medium sized uphill putt (2m?) needed to win the hole, Tim rose to the occassion just this once, and sank it. All Square.
It was a good match, not sure how it would have gone mentally if we had the right handicaps from the start but it sure felt like daylight robbery for Ian not to walk away with a win.
Keen for Ian to correct me on his play here, or add to it with anything he remembers. I’ve got too much on my mind while playing to even keep track of my own ball, let alone the opponent’s!
For those wanting to keep track of such things, here are my current not-beating-the-women’s-tees beer debts:
Felix & Basil (NWB), 1
Leroy (NWB), 1
Cravo, Leroy, Ian (Tasmania), 1
And yes, this has happened once every round I’ve played in the MM. Notably, hasn’t happened any of the times I’ve played by myself!
Double Leigh battle at Tasmania GC
On the back nine. Cravo gets a shot on the 14th (par 5)
Hole 1 – par 4
Both players found the trees right but had clear shots to get out, making the green in 3, then each had a 2 putt bogey – all square
Hole 2 – par 3
Cravo nails a great tee shot to make the green and Leroy was a bit short. Leroy chipped on close but couldn’t make the putt. Cravo taps in for par and takes the hole. Cravo 1 up
Hole 3 – par 5
Both had OK tee shots staying out of the trees, Cravo hit low on the second and into the trees for 3, but came up with a miracle chip shot to be on the green for 4. Leroy found the green side bunker for 3 and 2 bunker shots later made it close to the hole to tap in the put for bogey. Cravo makes a 2 putt bogey. Cravo 1 up
Hole 4 – par 4
Leroy went right off the tee and second shot onto the neighbouring fairway, then near the green for 3 and 3 putts for a double bogey. Cravo had a bit more style off the tee and made the green side bunker for 2. 2 bunker shots and 3 putts for a triple. All square.
Hole 5 – par 5 – Cravo gets a shot
Both had great tee shots down the fairway to be a few metres of each other. Leroy nailed a 3 wood to be a few metres from the green. Cravo had a couple of shots to make the green in 4. Leroys chip onto the green run out a bit. Both players 2 putted for a par and bogey to square the hole. All square
Hole 6 – par 4
Both had scratchy tee shots, Cravo left having to hit around a huge pine tree. Leroy short but within reach. Leroys hits to the green and gets a draw to be right of the green, chips on and 2 putts for bogey. Cravo steps up for a second shots and pulls out a high draw 150m around the tree to be 5 feet from the hole – shot of the match by far – and then drains the birdie. Cravo 1 up
Hole 7 – par 5
Both OK off the tee, Leroy gets a good second shot down the fairway and makes the green in reg. Cravo finds the greenside bunker and had a couple to get out. Leroy hits the putt from 30 feet and drains it for birdie. All square
Hole 8 – par 4
Both pretty good off the tee, Cravo a bit better. Leroy had a tree in the way. Cravo hits onto the green in reg. Leroy hits a slice from 140m around the tree and gets a lucky bounce to be on the green. Cravo 3 putts for bogey and Leroy 2 putts for par. Leroy 1 up.
Hole 9 – par 3
Both just short of the green, Leroy chips on. Cravo goes the Craven wedge and the ball gets stuck in the long grass, Cravo goes again to be close to the hole and makes a bogey. Leroy 2 putts for a bogey and squares the hole to win the match………..phew! What a great tussle 😉
Ian v Leroy at Tasmania GC
A classic battle that went to the last hole. Ian’s par on the 8th put him 1up and then he finished off in style with a long putt for bogey to win the 9th as well, for a 2up win.
Felix v Leroy at traditional KBGC hardest holes
3 of our usual holes had been converted to par 3s so Leroy had a great idea switching 5th and 6th instead of the 11th & 12th.
Leroy tees up, Tim asks ‘So who can I heckle?’, Felix says ‘just me’, Leroy replies ‘No you can heckle me too’, instantly Tim replies ‘F%#$ Y@# Leroy’)
Leroy drives well but leftish, 230m from the pin. Felix booming drive 120m to the pin
Leroy plays beautifully from the 3rd shot, just misses his par putt and a tap in bogey. Felix plays badly and has a 3m putt for a tie. Makes it. Game on AS
Leroy gifts the hole to Felix. Felix 1 UP
Leroy just short of the green, lovely chip and tap in par to square the match. AS
Difficult soggy hole, Leroy’s bogey too good and he flirted with the water perfectly. Leroy 1 UP
10th Hole (shortened to 140m Par 3) (Extra Shot Felix)
Leroy just right of the green. Felix on the green, 5m putt to go. Leroy tries to make it pushes it past. Felix gets a par. AS
Leroy finds the water, Felix Bogey. Felix 1 UP
Leroy’s drive hits the tree and plonks in the middle of the fairway but a long way back. Felix finds the trees right. Leroys 3rd from 100m out also hits leave and unluckily drops straight down. Felix arsy, on the green for 2 shots from a punch out.
Leroy make a huge downhill putt to get a bogey, leaves Felix with a knee knocker 30cm putt for par. Felix 2 UP
Leroy awesome 2nd shot to the green to put the pressure on. Felix finds the hazard and lost ball. Leroy wins the hole. Felix 1UP
16th Hole (Extra shot Felix)
Light fading, Tim calls time on the bad light. Leroy tees and …. shanks it 10m into the reeds DOH. Felix tees and …. shanks it 10m into the reeds Equal DOH
Leroy’s 3rd goes into the bottom bunker. Felix’s 3rd goes into the right bunker. Bunkers are GUR due to the floods. Both chip on for 4.
Felix takes an age and hits a very fast downhiller, takes the cup and lap of honour and .. drops. Would have gone a long way past if it missed. Felix wins 2 UP
Bas v Leroy at St Helens
Bas and Leroy ventured onto uncharted MM territory at St Helens on the weekend……
Leroy gets a shot on the 2nd, 3rd and 7th
Hole 1 – par 3
Basil tee shot just left of the green after a tough bounce sent it left. Leroy, well short of the green after a scratchy start. Leroy chips on the green with next shot. Basil chips short of the green and then chips on and the slope of the green catches the ball and it runs. Both 2 putt – Leroy 1 up.
Hole 2 – par 3
Basils tee shot lands on the green and then back spins off. Leroy hits a flat one past the green. Both chip on and 2 putt. Leroy 2 up.
Hole 3 – par 4
Leroy slices tee shot into trees but gets a lucky bounce and finds the ball. Basils tee shot draws into the trees leaving an awkward lie under a tree. Both hit short of the green. Leroy on with a bounce and it rolls to near the pin. Bas chips on and gets a rough bounce going away from the green. Bas drains a long bomb for par and Leroy taps in for par. Leroy 3 up.
Hole 4 – par 4
Bas goes into the trees right, Leroy straight down the middle. Bas hits around the trees to be short of the green. Leroy hits into the trees right and gets the Basil A grade kick to be just short of the green. Both chip on and 2 putt. Leroy 3 up.
Hole 5 – par 4 (short hole down hill)
Leroy hits it straight and ends up next to the green. Bas ends up a little right, chips on and 2 putts. Leroy chips on and makes the birdie putt. Leroy 4 up
Hole 6 – par 5
Basil slices into the trees, gets a lucky bounce and the ball comes back into play. Leroy finds the fairway. Bas makes the green in reg to make par. Leroy duffs a couple of shots to make a double bogey. Leroy 3 up.
Hole 7 – par 4 (short)
Basil smokes his tee shot, slices it round the corner, to be next to the green, chips on and makes a birdie. Leroy ends up under the trees and has to play right handed to get out, has a few more shots to give Bas the hole. Leroy 2 up.
Can Bas tie the match?
Hole 8 – par 4
Bas hits a high tee shot to find the fairway. Leroy gets a slice into the trees left. Bas hits a 3 wood to be right of the green. Leroy squeezes under the tree (holding a branch with his head) and hits a low punch under another tree to find the fairway. Leroy chips on and so does Bas, but Bas’s chip catches the slopes and runs a bit. Leroy 2 putts for bogey. Bas’s second putt lips out and he taps in for double bogey. Leroy takes the hole and the match 3 and 1.
Cravo v Felix at Llanherne
Cravo had nine holes to tune his game on the Wednesday prior, and shot a terrifyingly good score:
Would it translate to a Saturday towelling up of the three time MM Champ? NAH, of course not. As if!
Ian v Felix at Tea Tree
Due to match play index, Ian didn’t get any HC benefits !!!
The run down !
In 8 holes Ian hit the ball 37 times, however Felix hit the ball 31 times and won the match 3 & 1 !
Ian was no match for one putt Kennedy (no matter where he was on the green!) with Felix finishing the front +2 off the stick !!!
Felix v Tim J at Tea Tree
Bas v Felix at Geevo
Ian v Bas – Llanherne
Venue: Llanherne GC
Conditions: Fine and clear with barely a breath of wind. A bit dewy on the course, but still plenty of run with firm greens.
Ian H/C: 17 Bas: 6- Ian gets an extra shot on 5 holes.
#Bas gives Ian a shot for the hole.
1st Hole Par 4
Bas opens with a drive down the left side that just trickles onto the sandy rough. Ian hits it a bit right off his drive and finds the fairway next door about 130m out. Then hits his next a little right of the green and chips on for 3.
Bas hits a three quarter wedge to front of green to leave a long putt. bas two putts for a par, Ian gives his a chance but it misses the hole. Bas 1 up.
#2nd Hole Par 3
Bas hits a 7 iron onto the front of the green, pin is at the back. Ian connects well but it just glides a touch to the left and is found underneath the Boobayalla wattle. Ian takes a penalty drop onto a sandy lie but then hits a reasonable shot to middle of the green. Bas lines up his putt and gives it a good roll to finish within 10cm of the hole and a tap in par. Ian goes for his bogey from mid range and slides it by to miss halving the hole. Bas 2 up.
#3rd Hole Par 4 Bas goes up the guts with a solid drive, Ian hits a solid slice but it is still on the fairway about 15m behind Bas. Ian hits hits iron a bit short and right of the green and Bas also goes right of the green with his approach shot.
Both chip a little short and 2 putt. Ian fights back and wins the hole, Bas back to 1 up.
4th Hole Par 3
Ian hits his tee shot a little right and it hangs up in the light rough above the bunkers. Bas hits an 8 iron to within 4m of the pin. Ian hits a brilliant high wedge that trickles down the slope between the bunkers and finishes about 3m from the hole. Bas lines up his birdie chance but misses on the top side overthinking the amount of burrow on the putt or was it the dew that stopped it from turning, anyway tap in par. Ian for a good chance to square the hole just misses on the low side and Bas is back to 2 up.
#5th Hole Par 5
Ian cracks his drive with a bit of a slice and puts it neatly on the adjoining fairway, then hits a hybrid a little right into the wattles but manages to extricate himself out of trouble back into play on the otherside of the fairway and chip on for 4. Bas hits a smoking drive up the guts then everything begins to unravel with two topped shots in a row dribbling down the fairway. He manages to punch a low 9 iron onto the green for 4. Ian takes out his putter lines up and makes a perfect strike from 8m, straight into the centre of the cup. Par for Ian and a win for the hole.Bas is mumbling to himself about keeping his bloody head down as he two putts for bogey. Bas 1 up.
6th Hole Par 4
Ian steps up to the mark with a swagger in his step and cranks the longest drive (245m) of the day down the ‘A’ line right side of the fairway. Bas also hits a solid drive but a few steps behind Ian. Bas hits a solid 8 iron straight at the flag but it doesn’t grab the green quickly and runs out about 6m past the hole. Ian hits a little short and right below the green. He uses his putter to knock it on but gets it a little strong and it rolls through then on and 2 putt 6. Bas safely 2 putts for par and it is back to 2 up.
#7th Hole Par 4
Bas and Ian both hit good shots down the fairway, Ian then lands onto the front of the green and bas hits the back of the green for 2.
Ian hits his first putt a little short then next one just past and goes for a knock in 5 but it catches the lip and comes out. In for 6. Bas glides his first putt a little long past the cup but gets his par coming back. Bas wins the hole and the match 3 & 2.
Thanks for a great match Ian- with a couple more putts in, it would have gone down to the wire.
Signing out for MM 2018.
Last MM game for me but super excited about watching some of the final playoffs.
Felix v Leroy
Felix, Tim and Leroy visited NW Bay yesterday for a MM play off round. Conditions were a little unusual, in that the greens were cored and sanded and the holes were twice as big as normal.
We decided to press on the basis that it was a level playing field. We had a couple of warm up holes and then got stuck in on the 3rd. On handicap Felix got an extra shot on the 5th hole of the match.
Hole 3 – par 4
Both players carded a bogey with 2 putts on the green. All square.
Hole 4 – par 4
Felix bombed a drive into the trees right, but made good with the second shot to be just off the green, the chip ran over the green, then chip on and 1 putt bogey. Leroy carded a bogey after narrowly missing his par putt. All square.
Hole 5 – par 4
Felix bombed another drive left onto the other fairway, chipped to near the green, chipped on close to the hole and 1 putt par. Leroy had a couple of duff shots to card a bogey. Felix 1 UP.
Hole 6 – par 4
Felix bombed another drive left into the trees, chipped to near the green, chipped on and 2 putt bogey. Leroy had a couple of duff shots to card a double bogey. Felix 2 UP. Tim reminded Leroy that they scored the same on that hole J
Hole 7 – par 3 – 1 shot to Felix,
Leroy finds the bunker (on the 6th) off the tee and scratches around like a chook in the yard to eventually card a double bogey, giving Felix an easy hole to win with a bogey. Felix 3 UP. Tim smoked his tee shot to be 3 feet from the hole and looked like going in, but not quite…..
Hole 8 – par 5
Both players made good shots to make the green in reg, Felix played a great 2nd shot from under the trees to end up well down the fairway, Leroy actually started hitting the ball properly for the first time that day. Leroy 1 putt birdie and Felix 2 putt par. Felix 2 UP.
Hole 9 – par 4
Felix shanks his tee shot and instinctively says “DAMN” and then the ball rolls into the dam. Felix hits over the green and then chips on for 4. Leroy plays steady to make par. Felix 1 UP with to go.
Hole 10 – par 3
Leroy nice tee shot to be just in front of the green, while Felix went left into the trees. Felix makes a bogey and Leroy par. All square, 1 to go………….
Hole 11 – par 4
Felix goes big and long, and second shot lands on the green 10 feet from the hole, his first putt is tracking for the hole and stops just short of the hole…….bummer.
Leroy takes 3 shots to get on the green, but is closer to the hole and drains the putt for par to square the hole.
After 9 holes we have a DRAW.
We decided to play a play-off play-off hole to sudden death to find a winner, just in case Cravo gets himself into the final automatically, thus making this match the only MM final playoff match.
Hole 12 – par 4
Felix goes long off the tee and left on the other fairway. Leroy steady and down the guts. Felix second shot is short of the green left, his chip on leaves a 30 footer. Leroy pulls out the 3 wood for the second shot and nailed it to be just short of the green and chips on to be close to the hole (5ft).
Felix 2 putts and Leroy 1 putt.
Leroy wins the play-off play-off – if it is needed as a result of another MM match to come.
Tim made 18 stableford points on the front 9 and looked on track to play to his handicap for the rest of the round, but I had to run away…how did it go?
Ian v Cravo
Yesterday, Pittwater, 1PM was the location of the last roster MM match of 2018. The close MM series mean that of the three possible results all would have changed the finals landscape !
The scenarios as I believe they are so are: (TBC by the official esteemed scorer)
Cravo Wins – Cravo gets a free ride into the final, Felix/Leroy play off for the other spot
Draw – Cravo still gets a free ride into the final, Felix/Leroy play off for the other spot
Ian Wins – Cravo/Felix/Leroy commence a 3 way play off to make the final, Ian collects World Ranking points for his efforts
Ian playing off 17, Cravo 15 or 16 – end result was Ian gets a shot on the 9th.
Cravo steps up and smokes one down the fairway, and I mean smoke it. So much so that Tim has just declared Cravo the winner of the match without Ian even taking a shot. Ian of course wants Tim to eat his words however only manages a drive 50m short of Cravos and in the trees to the right! Cravo mis-hits his second with it only travelling 10m down the fairway, with Ian knocking his town towards the green. With a couple chips and putts the hole is split 5 a piece, all square.
Off the tea Cravo find the trees on the left, Ian get a little more distance however heads to the trees on the right… Cravos 2nd heads over to the trees on the right, Ians 2nd was pin high but caught the green bank on the right and pushed right. Cravo navigating a harsh lie in the trees didn’t quite get it up to the green which resulted in some chipping and putting practice, Ian puts his 3rd on, and with 2 putts take the hole 5-8. Ian +1
Both with decent tee shots landing on the little flat rough section on the right of the fairway (towards the bottom of the hill). Ian puts his 2nd to the back of the green, and Cravo leaves his just short. Both played a good craven wedge, with Ian first official putt finding the cup and cravo just missing his… Ian takes the hole, 4-5. Ian +2
With a bit of a nasty wind from right to left, cravo gets a solid strike however must have had a bit of a draw which the wind further pushed it into the little pond left. Ians drive was flirting with the edge of the green/bunker for the whole flight however the bunker won. Cravo puts his 3rd on the dance floor not too far from the pin, with Ians landing on the green however rolls off onto the fringe. A squared hole is looking likely however Ians putter didn’t get them memo, trickling the putt into the front of the cup, 3 shots to 4. Ian +3
Cravo smokes another drive, with Ians not to bad but a little more left and in the rough. Ians second was a little fat with Cravo trending down the left hand side of the fairway. Ians 3rd goes pin high but under a smallish tree, Cravos 3rd comes up just short (or right? my memory is hazy!) Ians chip manages to roll to about 3 foot short of the pin with Cravo a couple meters away. Ian sinks his putt with Cravos heading just past the hole leaving the scores of 5-6 and Ian goes +4, with 4 to go.
Cravo crunches his drive straight and just short of the green, Ian heads right and a bit shorter. The Craven wedge comes out with pure perfection and sets up a par putt for Cravo, all while Ian duffs his chip. Cravo drains his par to take his first hole for the afternoon and to keep his golden ticket to the finals alive. Finals scores were 3-5. Ian +3
Both with half decent tee shots however Cravo heads slightly left with Ian heading right.
Both with solid approach shots ending pin high on the right fringe.
Both with good putts from the fringe Ian tracking past the hole and cravo just short.
Both draining their par putts to tie the hole.
Ian takes the match 3 & 2.
Felix v Cravo
MM playoff Felix v Cravo – extremely windy Pittwater.
After getting blitzed by Ian, Cravo asked Felix if he was up for their playoff. And then Cravo proceeded to change his mind about 5 or 6 times before confirming that he himself was up for it.
Cravo bombs a huge high draw miles down the fairway, Felix snap hook into the trees. Cravo bumbled from there to ensure a halved hole. AS
Poor drives but good clutch bogeys from both. AS
Terrible play all round with both players going in the dam! Clutch putting from both but a narrow win to Cravo. Cravo 1up
Clutch pars from both. Cravo 1up
Cravo puts one out of bounds and Felix kills it til he gets near the green. He actually dropped to the ground in the foetal position after duffing an off green putt. Still won the hole, just. AS
Wild winds pushed Felix’s tee shot and provisional over the green and out of bounds into Pittwater. Cravo 1up
Great tee shots from both. Cravo mentioned to Felix that his heart was definitely in this, and that he was trying to enjoy the match, but struggling. Felix feeling the same. Not very enjoyable. Cravo had a shortish putt here to go dormie but missed. Cravo 1up
Great tee shots but wrong club from both. Cravo had a shorter putt to win, looked in all the way, but turned across the face of the hole to miss. Cravo 1up
Good drives from both, Felix unlucky in the trees. Cravo just off the back of the par 5 for 3 shots, Felix up top for 4. Cravo thinking a 3 putt will halve the hole plays accordingly, but has forgotten Felix
gets a shot. Both players get bogey which means Felix wins this hole. AS Drawn match. Decided not to play a playoff hole as it had been too intense and not fun. Cravo needs to sort himself out and get his head and heart back in order. Sheesh!
And thanks to Felix for being such a great fellow.