Foursomes - a little Seve Magic, supplied by Parallel
Yesterday 03-08-2011, Alan Gunnigle & I won the Lancashire Union of Golf Clubs Handicap Foursomes Trophy in a closely fought game at Pleasington Golf Club near Bolton. Foursomes is a format were you receive half of your combined handicap and play alternate shots on the same ball. After the first 9 holes we had used 12 of our 16 shots and Alan said "that’s it we're just playing for fun now, there's no way we can win this" Playing the 10th hole, a 173 yard Par 3, Alan struck a majestic tee-shot leaving me with a downhill breaking 7 foot putt which I managed to hole for birdie. That seemed to be a turning point; we relaxed, laughed-off the bad shots and played fantastic golf. Alan boomed out drives and hit some great irons, we both scrambled well and it seemed that my new Scotty Cameron Terrylium Santa Fe putter could not miss from under 10 feet. A series of scrambled pars followed, interspaced with bogies leaving us on the 17th tee two under our handicap. My drive was a good one but a little short, sadly Alan dumped his approach into the left greenside bunker. I managed to get out to within four feet of the pin and Alan sank the par putt. Alan and I were both wearing trendy Parallel Inverted Collar Golf Polo Shirt - Midnight PC-049, which we wore in memory of the late great Seve Ballesteros who we think would have approved of our scrambling on the back nine. A safe bogey on the last, after a blocked out tee-shot left us with a long-wait to find out if our score had been good enough. We finished the day Nett 0.5 under par and won the Trophy for our club - De Vere Herons Reach at Blackpool.
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