Jock Stewart 2016
2016 Jock Stewart – Round 3 – Home vs St Ives
Sunday 5th May, 12:30pm
Following a great victory away at St Neots, Bourn have been rewarded with a home tie in the Quarter-Finals and because we are top of the draw, if we were to win the Quarter-final, we would also have home advantage in the Semi-Finals!
Prior to the match we had the usual rigmarole of organizing a date, and you think you have it bad trying to sort your summer pairs matches, try doing it or a team of 6 to play a different club!
After finally agreeing a date, we had some absentees from the team who played in the preliminary round and due to a great strength in depth in all categories, we were able to find able replacements easily.
Match 1 saw Colin Biggs and John Wood play play out a very good match with some quality golf shots from both sides. John’s wedge play in particular got a lot of praise from his playing partner. John and Colin were always in control of their match after the opening exchanges and after a world class pitch to inches on 6 gave them a 2 up lead, the pair never looked back. A great up and down for a 4 on the 15th was good enough for a half vs a 3 putt and gave them a 2 up lead with 3 to play.The Bourn pair won the 16th for a nice nerve removing 3&2 win from the lead out pair.
Despite John’s best efforts, shot of the day went to their St Ives opponents, who having has his partner hit a tree on his 17th tee shot and drop short of the ditch, played a ‘driver off the deck’ to pin hi (albeit a little bit left).
Match 2 paired Rich Inman and Tony Roitman together and brought back emotions of previous Jock Stewart campaigns. Like the first match, after early opening exchanges Bourn opened up a nice lead and even though Tony continued to introduced Rich to parts of the golf course very few people had seen. A combination of Radar Rich’s approach play and some deadly putting from Tony also saw this pair win the 16th and win 3&2.
Unlike last time out, when we needed a result from our final pair, this time, such good wins, meant that the unfortunate loss of pair 3 didn’t stop to our progression to the next round.
Both Matt Jones and Ian Sheppard played some good golf, with the occasional errant shot that is so costly in foursomes. Both players took a lot from their performance and no doubt will come back stronger in the next round. This match was very definition of tit for tat, with hole winners often giving the very next hole back to their opponents, but eventually St Ives’ nerve held, again winning the 16th hole to win 3&2.
Bourn ran out eventual winners 2-1 and with home advantage in the next round we look forward welcoming Gog Magog or Elton Furze.
The company was excellent and again all 3 matches were played a great spirit
I would like to thank Justin and the rest of the catering staff for such a great spread of sandwiches and chips, that went down very well with both teams.
I would also like to thank and congratulate our greenkeeping staff who have made our greens barely recognizable from a few weeks ago, the golf course looks tremendous at the moment.
Congratulations men and good luck in the next round.
2016 Jock Stewart – Round 2 – Away vs St Neots
Sunday 8th May, 10:30pm
Bourn’s Jock Stewart campaign kicked off with a second round tie away at St Neots Golf Club, after having had a bye in the first round. The Jock Stewart is a foursomes scratch match played in 3 handicap categories (6-10, 11-14, 15-20).
Match 1 saw Andy Barnard and John Wood play out a very tight affair against their St Neots pair, with some great golf being played and most holes being halved in pars. Unfortunately a couple of late holes wins, meant the home team got the first points of the morning with a 2&1 victory.
Match 2 saw Chris Offer and Tony Roitman paired together in what was a very entertaining match for the Neutral. Early on Bourn were 3up but some good putts from the home side saw that deficit reduced and even reversed on the back 9. Chris and Tony did well to get back in the match from being 2 down late on, and set up a must win grandstand finish. All square on the 18th tee, St Neots, hit a tee shot that almost hit their own bags but eventually finished only 30 yards from the tee. Chris then hit a tee shot that looked straight out of bounds, a collective sigh of relief was breathed when we were informed the white stakes were only for the first hole! St Neots second shot was a pull hook out of bounds on the left which led Tony and Chris playing the hole very conservatively to win the match 1up.
All eyes then fell on the final and deciding match which saw Ian Sheppard paired with recent Director’s Trophy winner and Bourn club match debutant Matt Jones.
St Neots had the upper hand in the early exchanges and even got to 4 up at one point, before Ian and Matt clawed their way back into the match, some outrageous kicks back onto fairway from trees and some truly amazing putting saw the St Neots pair keep in touch before Ian’s short game and Matt’s solid putting saw Bourn home in a great 2&1 victory.
Bourn ran out eventual winners 2-1 and with home advantage all the way to the final will now face St Ives in the next round.
The company was excellent and all 3 matches were playing in exactly the right spirit befitting a prestigious Count y event. I would like to thank our hosts St Neots, and congratulate them on the condition of their fabulous golf course. I would also like to thank the catering staff who provided much needed sandwiches and chips on completion of the match.
Congratulations men and good luck in the next round.