Monday 17th September 2018
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The starting order for Day 3
Senor Pig taking a buffering in the wind!
The Simon Cowell Twins, Claudia and Sam showing how to wear their wet gear with (out) style!!!
Day 3 Leaderboard - Team Glos still at the top!
Day 2 - Gloucestershire v Surrey - and it was blowing a hoolie!
With the format changed due to the inclement weather our foursomes pairing of Alex and Claude got off to a very good start even though they were battling against the tail winds of Hurricane Helene and they were always up. The hole of the round came early at the 4th where Alex played the second shot blind to within 10 feet of the pin with Claude promptly sinking the putt for a birdie - even one of the locals said they had never seen golf like it in the 40 years he had been playing – however, it all went Pete Tong (wrong) on the next hole with a loss on the par 3, 5th which was straight into the wind and which caused problems to most players throughout the day. They bounced straight back to win the 6th and then got back to winning ways and soon closed out their match on the 13th with a 6&5 win.
Ebonie was faced with a tough battle and found herself 2dn after 3 but got one back by the 9th but soon lost the 10th. It was just one of those days which really pushed players to the limit and Ebz soon found herself dormie 4dn. Not to give up, she won the 15th and spectators thought there could be a turnaround on the cards. Unfortunately, even though she hit a great shot into the par 3 16th, the Surrey girl only needed a halve but she sunk the putt to win the match 4&2.
Ffion who bounced along in her usual manner was always up in her match and fuelled by Malteser tiffin from the buggy on the 10th tee she soon picked up her winning point on the 13th for another 6&5 win to match the foursomes pairing’s result.
At this point it wasn’t looking good because although we had won 2 out of 3 matches, the back two players of Grace and Caley were both down in their games. Grace went through the 10th 3dn and Caley was 1dn but then dropped another hole through 12. In the usual ‘never say die’ Gloucestershire approach to team golf, these two were not going to give up their points lightly and witnessing the golf over the back part of the course was always going to be an exciting time for everyone who was brave enough to stay out on the course!
Grace’s comeback from 3dn was superb and hole by hole she reduced her opponent’s margin and ended up going down the 18th A/S! With a slightly wayward shot, the gallery at the 18th green thought Grace had gone in the ditch on the right of the 18th fairway, but luckily she was wide and she laid up her second shot to chip her 3rd shot over the rhyne to within 4 feet for a birdie and yes she nailed it and got the essential win to ensure Team Glos had won the match! A truly gritty performance under extreme pressure!
Caley was following Grace and she was on the comeback trail as well. With Ebonie hopping on the bag after she had finished her match, Caley looked every inch the stronger player in her match on the final few holes. Reaching the 18th tee A/S like Grace, her drive sailed down the left hand side of the fairway with her opponent in the middle of the fairway. Her opponent laid up her second shot but Caley bravely took the green on and her ball flew through the wind dropping just left of the green. Her opponent then hit her 3rd shot short of the green giving Caley the advantage. Caley chipped her ball to within 6 feet and although her opponent had an excellent putt, Caley putted out for the birdie and the fantastic win – who would have thought Team Glos would be celebrating a 4:1 win over Surrey when it wasn’t looking so good at the turn?
There are loads of adjectives that you can use for Team Glos’s performance today, but none of them will be good enough and to witness the way in which they came back and supported one another made it a very special day – there were many supporters out in the blustery weather but the cold, drizzly conditions were soon forgotten when the girls brought home the win. Thank you Team Glos for giving us such a fantastic result even though some of us are probably a bit greyer from the experience!
Tomorrow we face Staffordshire in another shortened format with 2 foursomes and four singles – let’s keep the momentum going and see what we can achieve!
Just a tad windy on Day 2!
Team Glos getting ready for the off on the first tee.
Team HUG and lots of congratulatory comments from the supporters.
Day 2 Scoreboard
DAY 1 - Gloucestershire v Yorkshire
Monday morning was pretty bleak and the weather was changeable – jacket on, jackets off was the status for players and caddies alike.
The pairings for the morning foursomes were Ebonie and Charlie, Alex and Claudia, Ffion and Caley and it wasn’t long before the pairings were up in all matches – but then Yorkshire hit back and started to peg back the leads that the Glos pairings had although Ffion and Caley never gave up any of their lead and soon found themselves dormie 7up – they didn’t want to over play on Day 1 and finished their match on the 12th– which just happens to be a long way away from the club house!
Ebonie and Charlie were 4up through 10 but then lost two on the bounce and found themselves holding on to a much smaller margin but hold on they did and won 2 & 1 on the 17th to clinch another point for Team Glos.
In the middle match things were a bit tougher with Alex and Claude going from 1up through 5 to 1dn through 10 – Alex and Claude weren’t going to leave the course without the win and they battled hard to get it back to A/S after 13 with Alex getting a birdie on 15 to go 1up. Yorkshire came straight back on the 16th and Glos found themselves back at A/S – Saunders just loves a grandstand finish, so it was always looking like a walk up the 18th was on the cards – she just loves to be on camera and the Royal North Devon webcam was pointed on the 18th green. And performed they did, winning the 18th to bring home the 3rd point of the morning.
Going into lunch with 3 points in the bag, made the food even more tasty – a good morning’s work from Team Glos.
The singles were always going to be tough as Yorkshire were not going to give up their position as National Champions easily. With Ffion leading the way, she found herself 1dn through 1 and then before she got to 7 she had got it back to A/S but then went back to 1dn. After hole 7 she was always up and eventually finished off her match on the 17th with a 3&1 win.
Ebonie struggled for the first 9 holes at one point going 3dn, but she found her mojo by the 11th and was A/S going down the 12th. With great positivity, she plotted her way around the next couple of holes and won on the 16th 4&2. Great fightback Ebz!
Grace played steady golf and although quickly going 1up through 1 and holding onto this score for the next 6 holes, but the 8th she found herself A/S. Not happy with being pegged back she then won two holes on the bounce and by 15 was domie 3up. And then she pulled off a fantastic score on the 16th by having a hole in one to win her match – how good was that! Her first hole in one and at County Finals. Unfortunately as she’s underage, there were no drinks on Grace!
Charlie who followed Grace was also on a fightback – she found herself 3dn through 4 but she’s a fighter and wasn’t prepared to give up her match – after lots of to-ing and fro-ing she ended up 1dn going down the 18th but with the Yorkshire girl putting her ball in the ditch running alongside the fairway, Charlie knew that she was capable of getting a half from her game and that’s exactly what she did – well done Charlie for being so resilient and not letting the pressure get to you.
Rachael had a challenging match with her opponent determined to get a point having lost in the morning. Rachael kept the margin close up until the 8th, finding herself 1dn but soon lost the next two holes and eventually her opponent got the better of her and Rachael lost on the 14th 5&4.
In the final match it looked like Saunders would finish before the 18th and Sam Round who was meant to be working but obviously watching the WhatsApp messages and the webcam, was taking odds on whether she would get to the 18th– we know Saunders loves a grandstand finish! With Saunders being dormie 2 up, no-one took Sam’s bet – oh I bet they wished they had, as if you watched the webcam, you would have seen Saunders playing the 18th! Luckily she was 1up and couldn’t lose and with the Yorkshire girl hitting a long shot through the 18th green and with the distraction of a herd of horses grazing around the green, Alex had the advantage as her ball was about 15ft from the pin. The Yorkshire Coach had to move the horses on the back of the 18th green, so that her player could play her shot but she over hit it and conceded the hole, so Saunders won 2 up.
At the beginning of the day Team Glos were determined to seek revenge against Yorkshire for last year’s result and they did it with humility and grace – Yorkshire’s team were very different from last year with a lot of new faces but Team Glos played exceptionally well – all rooting for one another – they are a cohesive team of great friends and all of them support one another.
Let’s keep up the momentum and see what tomorrow brings. Go Team Glos!
Hole in One for Grace on the 16th Buggy decoration is an ART!
Alex and Claude before they go out
Who needs greenkeepers when a shetland pony will do!
Just loving this scoreboard!
COUNTY FINALS 2018
17th - 21st Sept at Royal North Devon Golf Club
Our Gloucestershire team is:
Caley McGinty, Ebonie Lewis, Ffion Tynan, Alex Saunders, Claudia Ovens, Sam Round, Grace Connelly, Charlie Hiatt and Rachael Archibald Non-travelling reserve: Jess Brown
The order of play for the week is
Mon 17th: Yorkshire
Tues 18th: Surrey
Wed 19th: Staffs
Thurs 20th: Norfolk
Friday 21st: Bucks
We would love to see lots of Gloucestershire supporters all week!