The Gungahlin Lakes SMH/C team narrowly defeated Queanbeyan today on a warm and windy Braidwood Golf course 3.5 to 2.5 games.
After 9 holes only one of the Gun Lakes players was leading — the #2 player Jim Jackson, who was 2 up over Queanbeyan’s Mick O’brien. Queanbeyan’s #1 player David Muir started like a house on fire with par, birdie, par to go rapidly 3 up over GL’s #1 player Craig Marshall, but Craig managed to get a couple back by mid way. The non-playing Gun Lakes Manager Dennis Collins was looking worried at half-way, and then after a further 4 holes, as Queanbeyan were ahead in 5 out of the 6 contests. Craig Farrell was the first to head to the bar for refreshments after going down 4/3 to well-known Queanbeyan over-performer Paul Morshead.
GL# 6 and #5 players John Purcell and Jan Jepson then finished with a win and loss (2/1), leaving the Queanbeyan team in front, and with Shaun Calvert going down the last hole 1 down things were not looking good for the Lakes. Thankfully, for the Lakes, Shaun managed to win his final hole after lipping-out with his first putt and recorded a squared match with Queanbeyan’s Rick O’Brien, leaving the result hanging. Jim Jackson managed to hole a 1m putt after Mick had missed his 3m putt to win the par 4 16th hole and take the match 3 and 2. This left the result of the match down to the number 1 players and Craig Marshall had been behind Dave all of the game until the 16th where Craig managed to claw back to even.
The pressure of a good tee shot by Craig on the short par 3 17th, to the front of the green, must have got to Dave who top his next two shots and eventually lost the hole. A monster bombed drive from Craig on the last hole was followed by a short chip on to the front of the green. Dave hit his drive into the right trees, then hit one of the trees with his 2nd shot which sent his ball even wider onto the 1st fairway. The rest of the Gun Lakes team who were watching proceedings, at the side of the 18th green, were tending to relax at this point, but were then stunned by a fantastic short-iron shot from Dave over the trees to 2 m from the pin. The hole was squared with 4’s so Craig won 1 up and GL finished narrow winner by 3.5 to 2.5.
Photo of the Gungahlin lakes team prior to the match