Last Thursday, Peebles were hosted at West Linton for this seasons "Derby" match. Having comfortably secured a home victory last year some redress was anticipated. A close encounter was anticipated and delivered.
With the first two ties commencing at the 17th - this meant the demanding regulation Par 3, Par 3 finish was the starting point for these matches.
Out first Ken Davey and returning to competitive golf after ankle surgery Alister Lambert. They saw their opponents start 3,3,3,3. Eventually loosing 6&4 they had scored collectively a net 63.
Team Ian's were next step up, to tame the challenge of starting at the 17th. Due to holiday commitments this would be the last opportunity for Peebles very own "Pete & Dud" to partner one another. Alas it was not to end with similar genius comic timing. A loss on the day I down. However over their eight matches played, 6 points returned. What a result. On more than one occasion they have bought the final result for Team Peebles. You’re a fantastic success guys.
Sandy Wood & Jim Lyle were Peebles initial pairing off the first tee. Three up & three to play their match might have thought to have been in the bag. However coming down the final stretch and giving up strokes, they were reeled back and the match was halved.
Roger& Tom"Ace"Litster were our next match out. A close fought encounter throughout they finally managed to close out the game on the 18th to win 1 up. I have been advised that Tom now has the Rules of Golf App downloaded on his abacus !
Next up, Alan Jackson with a seasoned campaigner, yet on his debut outing of the season Graeme"TheVoice"Murray. Again our pairing came up against a very strong Linton team, to whom they lost out 5&4.
Finally Vic Roberts & Stevie Matthews had a titanic battle against their West Linton opposition. Never more than a hole in it till a loss at the 16th, meant Peebles were dormie 2. However a par at both 17 & 18, the latter from Vic with a hideous down braking putt, secured a halved match.
A final tally reflected a tight but competitive match in which Peebles had lost out 2-4. So the "Whipmen" of Linton had upper hand, but this was by no means a lashing.
Next match, our penultimate, is 19th September, once again away at Minto with whom we drew at home earlier in the season. So massive hunger to get one over on them on their track.
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