With the lure of a place in the semi-final up for grabs, things suddenly turned serious in League 2. Although Bruin The Hole were assured of progress they would have a key role to play as 3 sides battled to secure the crucial second berth.
While Webbo’s 12 Inch Gimmes sat in the box seat, their opponents, YGT B had the opportunity – at least mathematically – to sneak ahead of them in the table. Displaying a complacency that comes from only requiring a half to qualify, Webbo’s got off to a sluggish start by losing the opening hole to par. The layout certainly didn’t lend itself to the Webbo’s game as they were even less accurate from the tee than normal, spraying the ball around like Peter North at times and on several occasions straying the sad side of the out-of-bounds posts.
In contrast to their opponents, YGT B picked their way carefully down each hole but it took them 5 holes to record their first birdie. Fortunately a run of birdies punctuated by just a couple of birdies was enough to land them a famous victory and a place in the next round at the expense of a distraught Webbo’s. In scenes reminiscent of the dark days of European football, the defeated side let themselves down with a petulant display at the final whistle, storming away from the scene before returning to slap a YGT supporter across the face with a golf glove – while Webbo’s captain refused to accept responsibility, he did suggest that one of his backroom staff may have had a hand in it.
Bruin The Hole stepped onto the first tee with all the swagger of the 1981 US Ryder Cup Team, seemingly convinced that no team would have the audacity to challenge their status as the top dogs. Any Holes A Goal had only a glimmer of hope of qualifying from this group, and as news of the other game in this pool filtered through, their hoopes were to diminish. Despite their gloomy prospects, Goal took to the task with great rlish … and one of the greatest drivers produced in the modern era; the Titleist 975D!
Disregarding their illustrious opponents, Goal rolled in a 30 footer on the opening green only to see Bruin do likewise. Going one better on the 13th, Goal produced one of the shots of the season as they extricated themselves from deepest bund, hitting under and over tress to 15 feet and a guaranteed birdie. With all Bruin players knocking drives out of town on the next, Goal started to dream as they found themselves in a 2 hole lead with 4 to play.
Perhaps feeling the weight of several previous capitulations, Goal started to question themselves and in the subsequent haze of uncertainty saw their lead slashed by a countering birdie on the 15th. On the 16th another birdie followed to even the match and send Goal’s players into a spin.
At this point there was no doubting the outcome of the fixture, and just for good measure Bruin notched birdies at the final 2 holes to secure a 2 hole win and prove that they can win any which way.
Tougher contests may come their way, but Bruin will be strengthened by the resolve they showed and should find themselves in the final in a couple of weeks’ time, where they are likely to meet their toughest opponents yet.