What a team! What a tournament!
The 1st Team Match Play Tournament of the Birdie Hunters started four weeks ago with single matches. The Roosters: Ernie, Miles, Joe, Han, Sunny, and Hide, took on The Turkeys: Chang HJ, Vincent, Peter, Harry, Chang Lim, and Ed.
The “Singles Match” went to the Roosters for a 10 point lead. (Scoring for the team match play is 1 point for every hole won and a half point for a tie with the total point tabulated for each player in the team.)
The 2-Ball-Best-Ball resulted in a tie with each team collecting 27 points each.
The 2-Ball-Total-Score Match saw the Roosters lead increased by 5 points merely on a blow-out match between Miles and Joe (Roosters) against Harry and Ed (13.5 to 4.5). In this match, Miles and Joe only had a combined stroke handicap of (11/14) 25 against Harry’s 21 and Ed’s 17 – a 13 stroke advantage for the Turkeys. Unfortunately, after the 1st 3 holes, Miles and Joe were only 3 over par together while Harry and Ed recorded a horrendous 15 over par total score. It was tough to recover after that.
FINAL SINGLES MATCH @ RIVERWAY
Chang Lim had an important meeting in the afternoon and begged to start 1st. It is hard to deny amiable Mini Kong’s request although it may have changed the game’s outcome. The Hide/Han team vs. Ed and Bill was suppose to go first followed by Chang Lim’s match and the “top players’ group” of Chang/Peter vs. Miles/Joe.
Deadly from 140 yards with his chipping and putting, Chang L bowed to Ernie’s A-game. On the par 3 – #6 hole, Ernie lobbed his 9-iron to 15 feet left of the pin. Chang answered it with a 4-foot-good-for-KP shot just above the hole. Putting first on a difficult left-to-right side hill lie, Ernie dunked it dead center of the hole for a birdie. As always the case, the pressure was on Chang to make his birdie. Unfortunately, he made a rare 3-putt for a bogie. Ernie also birdied the next par 3 – #8 hole and the tough #16 par 4. Advantage Roosters = 10 points.
The next match between Harry and Sunny was up and down. Sunny’s game was like the weather – unpredictable! Sunny avoided a wipe-out by Harry with his chip/putt tricks. Advantage = Turkeys 9.5 to 8.5.
The next match between Miles and Chang HJ was a battle with each player splitting the first 9 holes. Chang’s birdie on #11 proved to be the difference in the match as Chang took a point (9.5 vs. 8.5) for the Turkeys.
Joe’s A-One game was too much for Peter in the next match in spite of Peter’s birdie on #6. Joe was solid with his 40-40 day. He also recorded a birdie on the par 5 #13th hole. But Peter gave it his best on the back nine with only 4 bogies for a respectable 40. It was not enough though with Joe’s runaway margin on the front 9. Advantage = 3 points for the Roosters (10.5/7.5).
Hide’s 38 in the front 9 spelled doom for Ed. Hide’s miscues for bogies were on #1 par 4 and #5 par 5. A horrible front 9 sunk Ed’s game although he prevented a rout by winning 3 holes in the back and getting 6 halves. Advantage = Roosters 10/8.
Substituting for Vincent, Bill gave Han the scare. They split the front 9. Han managed a single point advantage on the 18th hole.
Right after the game, they all headed to #9 Restaurant in Richmond.
The Birdie Hunters celebrated the day with lunch at #9 Restaurant. It was a feast!
The tournament fee of $20 per person was allocated this way:
- $100 for the luncheon. The actual bill came to $160 including tips. The Turkeys, gracious as our hosts chipped in to cover the extra $60.
- $140 for the CASH PRIZE. The winning team’s portion (55%) came to $77 while the losing team’s is (45%) $63. This is to be awarded to the BEST 3 players in each team sharing 50%, 30%, and 20% of the pot.
OPEN HOUSE NEXT WEEK @ Point Roberts 7:30 am May 21
Make sure you confirm your attendance. If you are bringing an invited guest, please let us know. (Call 604-307-7270). To participate in our weekly tournament, bring in your certified handicap, and put in $5 in the pot. Give it to Ed before the start of the game.
We now play “summer rules only” and NO GIMME’s; sky is the limit with the scoring (no double par rule). It is all for FUN.
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