League 2 is heading for a title eliminator next week as the top two sides come together in what will be an epic tussle. This after a tumultuous week at the Royal Smithfield venue where Arnie’s Army put another title rival to the sword and Dude, Where’s my Par stated their case as title contenders.
Not among the title contenders, but certainly possessing the necessary skillset to compete next time around, UV Eagles have produced some incredible golf and brought out the very best in their opposition on the way to unfortunately losing the past two weeks. Coming up against a resurgent Princess & his Paupers side this week, they hoped to make it 3rd time lucky. The early omens didn’t bode well for the Princess as their star player was forced to withdraw at the last minute due to a momentary lapse in domestic bliss.
Gamefully brushing off the late flake, the Princess put up an energetic performance that took UV Eagles to the final green. Under the scrutiny of a least 3 people, the Princess’ Paupers were unable to convert from 10 feet on the home green and were thus handed a 1 hole defeat. Jubilant after their maiden victory, the Eagles celebrated in the only way they know by working their way through the full range of beers.
Boston Tee Party started the evening knowing that a win would propel them to the top of the table and give them an outstanding chance of claiming the title. In a tight game with Arnie’s Army, the Tee Party holed everything they looked at on the greens to keep their opposition within touching distance. Relying on God-like putting seemed to be keeping them in the game, and when Arnie’s cack-handed helmsman knocked one out of town on the last hole, it looked for all the world that the Tee Party would win the hole for a much deserved halved match. Showing nerves of a bomb disposal expert, Arnie’s 20 handicap partner sent a pretty drive down the centre and subsequently sunk the knife yet deeper by holing the birdie putt to seal an undeserved 2 hole win for the most hated team in all of sport.
On the flipside of the animosity shown toward Arnie’s Army is the universal acclaim afforded to both Dude Where’s my Par? and GTA Zeebras. Though they’ve been pointless this season, the Zeebras bring a certain joie de vivre to their game and regardless of the result give great entertainment to their loyal supporters. Despite their rookie status, Dude Where’s my Par? have also brought a carnival feel to their play, never backing down from a challenge and looking to entertain at all times.
In all honesty, this was a one-sided affair as the Dude’s blasted a mightily impressive score of 7 under over the 9 holes. Perhaps the highlight of the entire match cam on the 17th green when the Zeebras converted a birdie to a backdrop of rapturous applause and celebration, which ultimately limited the damage to a 6 hole defeat.
Proving their ability to go deeper than a Chilean miner, Dude, Where’s my Par? will be confident of repeating the birdie-fest next week in a bid to upset Arnie’s Army in what is now a straight title decider.
Competitions: UG Team League Smithfield