Congratulations to all the winners in the 2017 Matchplay Finals Day!

LAST Saturday we hosted the 2017 Matchplay Finals Day, which consisted of five matchplay finals: Scratch, Men’s, Seniors‘, Ladies’ and Greensomes. Unfortunately the Junior final was not able to be played due to Jack Maxey being in both this and the Scratch final.

Tee offs were from 1pm in the afternoon to give members a chance to come and spectate the matches after their morning rounds. All matches are played over 18 holes apart from the Scratch final which was over 36 holes.

The weather was kind and gave us good golfing conditions, with a dry but mild afternoon. First to tee off was the second round of the Scratch Final between past winner Jack Maxey and Steve Sorrenson. Steve Sorrenson was 1 down after the first 18 holes but valiantly battled back to get back to all square, then on the back nine went on a birdie barrage (four in a row) to beat Jack 5&4. What a fantastic way to win the final!

In the Men’s final Andy Giles managed to edge second-time finalist Sam Bamford 2&1 after a very close match between the two players.

Next was the Senior final and Dennis Wright put in an excellent performance to beat the reigning champion Ron Wicks 4&3. In the Ladies’ final Laura Key played very steady golf to become victorious over Sallie Nielsen with a score of 3&2. Laura said she played some of the best golf she has in weeks!

Finally, the Greensomes final went down to the first play-off hole after being all square through 18 where Phil Bullen and Ryan Pettit edged father-son duo Les and Nick Waites.

A huge well done to all the winners who all did themselves very proud on the day, and good luck to both Jack Maxey and Alex Hewitson in the junior final next week!

The Champions Emerge Victorious on Matchplay Finals Day

On Saturday 24th September 2016 the scene was set for the Matchplay Finals Day at Burstwick. Players were to be put through their paces with difficult conditions caused by the a 20 mph wind which we haven't seen a lot of this summer, though thankfully it was dry and warm throughout the afternoon.

There were five matchplay finals to be played on the day: Scratch (no handicap), Men's, Seniors', Ladies' and Juniors'. Ordinarily there would be a sixth final, the Greensomes, but as Sam Bamford had qualified for both the Men's final and the Greensomes' only one could be played on Finals Day. All of the matches were to be played over 18 holes apart from the Scratch which is a 36 hole final.

Tee times began at 1pm (second round for the scratch, first round was played in the morning) and the players headed out for their matches with all intents of being crowned champions. There were some nerves on the first tee but all of the players settled into their rhythm after a couple of holes.

The Scratch Final was to be contested by Jack Maxey and Lee Webster, and things were all square after the morning round as they teed off for hole number 19. Lee got an early lead but Jack made a fantastic birdie from the rough up hole four to bring it back to all square. For the next few holes Lee put the throttle down and was leading four up at the turn. Lee's progress continued as they went on and ended up being six up with six to play, then closing out on the 13th hole with a solid par.

Jack played very well but as matchplay goes, once Lee got a few holes ahead the pressure mounted which lead to Jack having to chase and ultimately coming unstuck. All credit to Lee on a great performance, it was very consistently controlled golf on a tough day!

Onto the Men's Final and it was two young guns headed against each other; Sam Bamford and Gregor Everitt. Both players know each other well and are very capable golfers so this was always going to be a thrilling match. 

Sam got an early lead and was two up after six holes, but Gregor fought back straight away to bring it back to all square at the turn. As the players headed into the back nine Gregor pulled off some great golf to edge a lead against Sam, but it was still very nip and tuck for both players as they headed to the 14th tee with just two holes separating them. As they teed off on 16 Sam was up against the wall being two down, and tried to dig in to give himself a fighting chance, but Gregor remained cool to seal victory 3&2.

In the Seniors' Final, Ron Wicks took an early lead against John McNeish, and kept on the cruise control all the way through the match to try and keep John at bay. John did his absolute best to fight back after Ron stretched the lead to 4 through 13 holes, and going down 16 Ron was 3 up with three to play. Ron stayed in control and won the hole to clinch victory 4&2.

The Ladies Final was contested by Chris Wicks and Ann Roberts. Both of the girls are very steely competitors with good matchplay records so this was always going to be a tight match. Ann got out of the blocks early to take a three hole lead through five holes, and she was playing some great golf which meant Chris wasn't given many opportunities to gain some ground back.

Chris showed great patience and determination as she slowly clawed her way back into contention and was just one down after 11 holes. Ann was frugal and would not give the lead up without a fight, and the two players jostled hole after hole, with eventually the match going down to the wire and both players putting on the 18th hole to decide the outcome. Chris came through and managed to two putt to take victory after Ann had had the lead throughout the day, a cruel way to lose but credit to Chris for her determination throughout the match and making it a Wicks one-two in the Ladies' and Seniors' finals!

Finally the Junior Final was to be contested by 13 year old Alfie Tidder and 15 year old Liam Colclough. Both players are great young prospects for the sport and have swings that most of us would give a limb for, so some special golf was to be seen here.

Alfie took an early lead and was playing some very solid golf, he was two up after five holes. As the game went on there was only ever two holes to separate both players, and Liam was hanging in there with Alfie trying his best to keep him at arms length. After 11 holes Alfie had retained his two hole lead, but over the next few holes Liam put in some great golf to get back to all square after 15.

Liam had really gotten into his stride at this point while Alfie was hanging in there, and having to give shots away on 16 and 18 ultimately came to his demise with Liam paring both holes. Alfie needed to hole a 50 foot birdie putt to take the game to extra holes and unfortunately it wasn't to be and the players shook hands. Congratulations to both juniors on a great game and well done to Liam for coming back strong to take the win.

Congratulations to the five champions on their wins in each final, and commiserations to their opponents after such valiant efforts!

Jack Maxey Wins Scratch Matchplay Final

It was an epic final match in the Scratch Matchplay Tournament between Jack Maxey and Alan Key, which saw many twists and turns along the way.

The weather forecast for the day was not looking good, but both players were very well prepared with all the gear; water proofs, umbrellas, extra gloves, changes of clothing, etc. After a prolonged downpour the night before which closed some nearby courses, Burstwick had drained nicely but the bunkers were washed out meaning that they were denoted as GUR for the day. Although there were a couple of very light showers, the weather ended up fine for the match, albeit a little windy!

The match started off with Alan taking the lead on the second hole after Jack hit a nervy tee shot which forced him to chip out from the trees, causing him to bogey. On the third tee Jack still wasn't completely comfortable and hit his tee shot left onto the 11th, and after missing the green short and left, made a fantastic up and down to halve the hole. 

A few more halved holes meant that there was still only one hole in it going down seven, but Jack was in trouble again on the left and ended up losing his ball and conceding the hole. At the turn Alan was 3-up. Both players halved 10, 11 and 12 but Jack was still looking nervy with his driver as he mis-hit his tee shot on 13 causing him to lose the hole, and Alan was 4-up going down 14, which was then halved.

On hole 15 Alan missed a four foot par putt to lose the hole, and then hit his tee shot out of bounds on 16 while Jack played the hole perfectly and was back to 2-down on the 17th tee. The players could both sense a change in momentum and Jack took advantage, hitting a great tee shot to 12 feet away from the flag before Alan missed the green. After hitting a reasonable chip to around six feet, Jack knocked his putt in for a two and they walked to the tee looking very different from four holes ago!

After a wayward tee shot Alan managed to hit a good 5 iron into the green on 18, and Jack replied with a lovely wedge shot, both missed birdie putts and they walked into the clubhouse for the half time break with just one hole between them.

Steak Pie

After both players enjoyed our popular homemade Steak pie and chips they were back on the tee for the second half of the match, at this point some members, friends and family joined to spectate.

The second round started in a similar vain to the first, with Alan winning holes two and four to go 3-up after four (22 total) holes, but this time Jack fought straight back winning the 5th, 6th and 7th to get back to all square. Both players halved the 8th and 9th so it was all to play for with 9 holes remaining.

After halving hole 10 Alan managed to miss the green from 70 yards on 11 and didn't get up and down while Jack made a solid par, and the same happened on 12 but Jack birdied, you could see Jack's confidence growing and Alan was starting to show frustration. Going down 13 Jack made a good par and Alan had a tough seven foot par putt to halve after leaving his first well short. Alan holed it, Jack still 2-up going to the 14th, when he missed the green with his tee shot while Alan's caught the front edge. A good putt from Alan meant a 'gimme' three, but Jack raced his chip six foot past and missed coming back, game on!

Going down 15 the tension was growing with just one hole in it, and Jack hit a fantastic second shot to six foot from the flag, while Alan was on the fringe around 30 foot away, Jack missed his birdie put but Alan then failed to make par from five feet which meant that he was 2-down with three to play. Both players hit good tee shots down 16 and had 25 foot birdie putts each - neither dropped. 2-up with two to play, things were definitely going Jack's way.

Alan and Jack both had similar length putts on the par-3 17th after two good tee shots, Alan to putt first and it was heading for the middle of the cup but agonisingly stopped in the jaws, an inch short! Jack needed two putts from around 20 feet to seal the deal, rolled his first one up to around 4 foot, and as he was putting well it looked a forgone conclusion but the ball was heading for the hole and seamed to defy gravity, horse-shoeing back out! A lifeline had been dealt to Alan, 1-down with one to play!

Going down 18 the light was getting very dim, and Jack was looking a little frustrated with what happened down 17, whereas Alan looked like he had some belief again. Jack hit his tee shot wayward and towards the driving range net, but it was in bounds in the rough about 180 yards from the hole, while Alan hit one of his best drives of the day, middle of the fairway, 155 from the hole. Jack had a bad lie and subsequently only managed to advance his ball around 120 yards down the fairway, while Alan fired in a lovely 7 iron to the middle of the green about 25 feet from the hole, the crowd were on edge at this point as the match could go either way!

This is when Jack pulled off arguably the shot of the day; faced with a 60 yard pitch with the momentum against him and his opponent putting for birdie, knowing he needed to hit it close to give himself a chance of clinching the match. The crowd looked on as Jack hit a beautifully struck wedge shot, exactly pin high, one bounced, stop, five foot left of the flag! Absolutely fantastic shot at a crucial time. After Alan's birdie putt slipped past the left edge of the hole, Jack calmly stepped up and this time found the centre of the cup to claim victory; 1-up.

It was a fantastic match which was full of twists and turns, and Jack fully deserved to claim the victory, especially after such a fantastic shot under the greatest of pressure.

Congratulations Jack, we're sure this will be the first of many!

 

Rearranged Scratch Final this Sunday!

After an unfortunate injury to one of our Scratch Championship Finalists Jack Maxey in September which prevented him from competing in the main Finals Day, Jack has now recovered and we are ready to get the final played.

SCRATCH MATCHPLAY FINAL
SCRATCH MATCHPLAY FINAL

The format for the day is a 36 hole matchplay event off scratch (no shots given) between myself and Jack, with the first tee being at 8.30am, and the second tee around 1pm.

We are welcoming anyone who would like to come and spectate the event, especially for the final 18 holes in the afternoon. Hopefully Jack and I will play some good golf and it will be a good test for both players with the slightly precarious forecast (we’ll be fine!).

Come and Spectate the Matchplay Finals Day 3rd October from 1:40pm!

For the first time in the club's history we are holding a Matchplay Finals Day on Saturday 3rd October, where three Matchplay finals will be played from 1:40pm and members are invited to come and spectate the event.

  • Scratch Matchplay @ 1:40pm
  • Men's Matchplay @ 1:50pm
  • Greensomes Matchplay @ 2:00pm

The three finals will be going off one after the other, starting with the Scratch Matchplay Final (second round, as this is a 36 hole final) teeing off at 1:40pm. Alcohol will be allowed on the course and dress code will not be enforced for spectators, but we ask that you remain a respectable distance from the players.

Everyone is welcome!