Favourites beaten as league opens up

Soho Golf & Country Club this week looked more like the meeting place for golf’s all-time greatest putters as snot-gobblers were being poured in from distances that Mo Farah would think twice about running. The likes of Loren Roberts, Brad Faxon and Ben Crenshaw would likely have looked inferior in this company as the putts kept dropping and the abuse intensified.

Pre-tournament favourites, The Captains, started their campaign in emphatic style last week but were faced with an unpredictable side featuring a West Country bumpkin capable of almost any shot imaginable and a man who hasn’t held a club for nearly 5 years. Remarkably the side of golfing misfits managed to fire spectacularly, and despite increasing levels of “interaction” from their opponents, managed to keep the birdies coming (seven of them in total) to complete a 4 hole humiliation of The Captains.

Another side looking to continue their winning ways were league new boys Moleicester City who’s eye-catching combination of long hitting and immaculate short-game look tailor-made for the format. Their contest with The Minty Biffs turned into a classic encounter. Minty Biffs steady Geordie proved the perfect foil for the cavalier left-handed Stuperman as they pressure City from the off and very much had them on the ropes for much of the opening. Moleicester City are made of pretty stern stuff though, and having already holed a putt from Marble Arch for a half, they repeated the act by holing a putt that made Terry Wogan’s look like a tap in – again for a half. Having been on the back foot for much of the contest City fell just short of producing one of the great backs-to-the-wall results as they were vanquished by the odd hole, thanks to some Geordie magic.

The final clash of the evening pitted two of the opening weeks losers against each other, as Fruity All Stars set about opening their Team League account against Top Goosers R Us. With so many column inches devoted to the disruptive influences within the Goosers camp this week, there was a little surprise that they managed to gather a team at all for this huge 6-pointer. James Bowker’s tenure as boss certainly looks to be drawing to a close as he has clearly lost the backing of his locker room. Alan Shearer, being drawn on the issue this week said, “Bowker has definitely lost his team. He’s a young man out of his depth and I really fear for his future in this league – it’s very unforgiving.”

Needless to say, The Goosers disunity manifested itself on the greens as they struggled to agree on lines, paces and even what drinks to order on the next tee.

Unfazed by their opposition’s struggles, the All Stars really put in a shift for their team captain, doing James Lyme proud as they came together for the win. The margin of victory (2 holes) was academic as the side looked to gain a foothold in the league. Next week’s clash against Moleicester City looks to be huge now in the context of the league.

With four teams just the one win behind the Minty Biffs, it could prove to be a dramatic league, with one slip-up from the Biffs opening the door for any team ready to step through it – even Top Goosers, should they resolve their current issues.


Competitions: UG Team League Soho