A weekend of ups, downs and a little controversy

Michael colwillCaptain Michael Colwills' Annodata team kicked off a busy weekends golf for RNDGC on friday night with a cracking win 5-0 against Ilfracombe. The team of Michael Colwill won 3&2 Martin Gibbs won 2&1, Shaun Loze won 3&2, Richard Hughes won 4&3 and Gary Fisher won 3&2, we await our next opponents.

On Saturday the Rosebowl Team went to Libbaton to face Torrington, all pairings were giving shots to their opponents.

First out was Mr Dependable Stephen Flood and his excitable partner Neil Armstrong and they dominated their match with some exquisite iron play from Steve to post 9 straight pars to win their match 4&3 to put RNDGC 1 up.

Next out was a new pairing of Debutant Malcolm Hooper and Richard Basey-Fisher, they went 2 up early in the match but their opponents fought back to win 2&1

Third out were Chris Sturman and Shaun loze and were 4 up after 7 but then their opponents rattled 3 birdies and par in the next 4 holes to draw level but the pairing dug deep and birdied 16 to go 2 up and a half on 17 was enough to put RND 2 -1 up.

Fourth out was Captain Chris Hampton and Paul De Noronha and the pairing stormed ahead of their opponents and were 3 up on the front 9 but they were also pegged back after giving shots, then controversy surrounded the match on 17 when Chris played a cracking shot out of the trees only for his opponent to claim he knocked off a leaf on his practice swing, Chris wasnt within 10 feet of his ball to make sure he didnt do anything wrong. After a discussion a miffed Chris picked his ball up and duly went to the next tee 1 down and lost on 18.

This left the decider down to our last pairing of Dave Thresher and short game wizard Sean Downing, they too were up most of the match but were pegged back and lost 16 giving a shot and unfortunately lost there to give the game and match to Torrington.

On Sunday RND had 2 matches, firstly the High Handicap who lost at home to Portmore in a closely fought game 2-1.

Our North Devon League team went to Holsworthy  and came second with Bob Colwill top scoring for RND with 32 points in very windy conditions which puts RND second, with only 1 league fixture left to play at Ilfracombe.

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