Patrick Reed may have won on Sunday, but everyone really knew that the only masters action in town this week was at Peebles GC, with our senior season opener against Carnwath. A new fixture on the schedule for 2018, it saw many of the team present in their new uniform. For those of you still to select - orders can be made with Steve in the pro shop.
On a overcast morning the team were experimenting with the new split tee off's. Three from the 1st & the other 3 from the 10th. Perhaps still a work in progress, it will be repeated for our next home game and then reviewed.
First out for the 1st were the pairing of Andy "Stato" Tucker & Tom "Ace" Litster. As solid a partnership as could be imagined. So it proved when they returned to the clubhouse with the season first "W" for Peebles.
Next out Ian "Creed" Tate and our very own reserved Yorkshire man Geoff "Corgi" Lawson. It was the latter who played the supporting role as Ian - creed by name, assassin by nature - quietly went about his business to record their 4 & 3 victory.
Third off new pairing of Vic Roberts & Brian "Chirpy" Taylor. Again a seriously sound display form both of our lads to effectively romp home against the visiting captain 5 & 4.
Three matches & three victories - what could possibly go wrong …..
Answer - not much.
Stevie Matthews & Jim "Chariots" Cutler were the first pairing off the 10th. Two up after three holes and dovetailing perfectly they were never down and came in with a 2 & 1 victory against a strong Carnwath partnership. Match point and the honours secured for team Pebbles.
Next out Sam Walker & George Cunningham. Perhaps not a good day at the office for these two stalwarts of the seniors. They fought back valiantly from 4 down to ultimately loose out 2 & 1.
And then there was Team Ian. There apparently is no I in team, however any Peebles squad without it's Team Ian is the poorer for it. A last minute reshuffle in the running order saw Ian Pemberton & Ian Mewett slip back in the schedule to their preferred slot - last out. However the reward was to be matched against Carnwath's best pairing ! Irrespective of their opponents handicap Team Ian battled the entire round and secured a valiant half point.
The history books will therefore show a superb Pebbles win 4½ - 1½ victory. Thanks guys, what a fantastic kick off to 2018.
Next match is home against North Berwick Tuesday 1st May, opponents we beat home & away in 2017. Team sheet will be posted next Tuesday 17th April. That's the same day as our open senior scramble. If you haven't already entered there are still slots available.
In the event that the spring has still not sprung by May Day - I have opted for some swinging fun with the sun on my back out in Turkey. Thus David Wright will be OIC for the match.
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