Close But No Cigar @ Torwoodlee

Expectations were running high for Mondays away match against Torwoodlee. In our home tie they had been seriously spanked 5-1, with some big victory margins. Additionally several of team Peebles were coming off handicap cuts.

However looking around the clubhouse prior to heading out they had some new faces. On the tee some low handicaps were declared. Torwoodlee clearly wanted pay back.

As is their format, 3 tees were in play.

Off the first Les Biscomb & Brain"CE"Robson who made early inroads going 3 up after 3 holes. This however merely agitated their opponents - both from the low handicap brigade - and the match was eventually reversed at the call. A 2&1 loss.

Stevie Matthews & Vic Roberts were next off and again up against two low numbers. A super competitive tie saw the P's take the lead, loose the lead, retake it - 2 up with 4 to play, then pegged back to all square on the 17th before finally driving through to a 2 up victory.

Out from the third Jim"Chariots"Cutler & Geff"Corgi"Lawson. A regular and solid pairing for team Peebles, they were perhaps not quite firing on all cylinders and went down to as they described to the better team. Loss 3-2.

Tom"Ace"Listster & his regular partner Roger Scott were next off. Not on their A game by any stretch of the imagination, however they were against a Torwoodlee pair who were having a torrid time, shanks a plenty. Thus they eased home 3&1.

Next out & returning as a competitive partnership for the first time in several matches TBTP. Both had seen a reduction in their handicaps after some supper recent form. Indeed Ian Pemberton was for the first time in a long time giving strokes to their opponents. Things were not going quite to script as they found themselves 3 down with 3 to play. However they stormed back in the summer sunshine to grab a half. They remain undefeated for this season.

Final tie saw Sam"The Man" Walker & Brain"Chirpy" Taylor pairing. In what has become a bit of a theme for Sam this season he was once again against a high handicapper playing out of his skin. He clearly is an inspiration - however a memo to yourself - inspire you teammate not the opposition please. So it was no surprise with their net 26 they were 4 down at the turn, our lads succumbed 3&2.

Final score saw Team Peebles loose out 2½ - 3½, and in his report the home team captain allowed himself to express with not too inconsiderable delight that it was the first time he had got one over on us.

So our undefeated record slips out of reach for this season. However the home record can be preserved with our fixtures next month against Glencorse & West Linton, both of whom beat us big at their courses last year.

Let's regroup, let's go get them guys.