Report on the 6th AME golf challenge
It’s taken 11 matches, but AME have been beaten!!!!
On Friday 29th September we welcomed back last years winner Mark Stanley Harris from XME with new playing partner Derek Shaw from D Shaw Heating and Plumbing for the rescheduled match play challenge at the Exeter Golf and Country Club.
It was a very friendly start with the first 3 holes halved thanks to a couple lengthy putts from Mark to keep it level. A great tee shoot and par on the 4th hole from Simon House was enough to put AME 1 up, with a birdie from Simon on 6th to put AME 2 up and looking good. A good par from Mark on 7th and 2 terrible par putts from Steve Westaway and Simon reduced the lead to 1.
Mark then won the 9th hole to leave the match all square after the front 9. A great flop shot and par putt on 10th from Steve stopped AME from going 1 down. Steve followed up on 11th with a great birdie to put AME back in charge going 1 up. The lead did not last long as Mark then made a birdie on 12th to go back to all square. Another birdie from Steve followed on 13th to put AME back to 1up. Mark had a 4 footer on 15th to win the hole and make the match all square but it agonizingly slipped passed. Could that be the turning point.
The teams moved to the 17th with AME still 1 up and just 2 holes remaining. Mark who had already sunk 3 massive putts in the round had a 40 footer for birdie and sunk it to make it all square. Unbelievable putt!!!! On the 18th green Steve, Simon and Mark all missed par putts, which left Derek with a putt to win the match. With Mark in top form Derek had not yet come in on any holes and needed an 8 footer for par and victory, to be the first team to beat Steve and Simon and put them in the lead for this years overall prize. You could feel the tension as Derek took the putt and with the very last turn of the ball it dropped in to the hole!
What a fantastic match! Very enjoyable and closely fought the whole way round the course. Congratulations to Mark and Derek for beating Steve and Simon 1up. Stuart Kew and Scott Singleton are now out of contention.
Next up is Hannah Armstrong and Jon Mitchell from Thomas Westcott in the final match of 2017. Do they have what it takes to not only beat Steve and Simon, but with a better winning margin than 1up?