The Macau Trophy - HK Club GS v. HKFC GS
The Macau Trophy - HK Club GS v. HKFC GS15 Apr 2021
Kau Sai Chau GC - South Course
Yet another match that was cancelled last year due to the pandemic, this match between two of Hong Kong’s more established clubs having many things in common, including members and members who enjoy their golf. This year saw HKFC’s Mervyn Jacob, Mike Button and Don Roberts, their Captain, “bat for the opposition”. On the other hand, HK Club regulars Graeme Brechin and Nick Allen were both keen to play for the Sports Road team, so lots of familiarity on display. Would our exodus of talent have any bearing on a trophy long held by HKFC?
Overcast skies with a hint of rain later on was not too promising, but the mild and calm conditions suggested good shot making conditions. Graeme Brechin and Nick Allen were HKFC’s lead pair against Don Roberts and David Law. A good contest by all accounts, lots of chitter chatter and a perfect start for HKFC who recorded a 3 & 2 victory. HKFC 1 up.
Seasoned players Chris Burley and Bill King were next out taking on Mike Button and Martin Cresswell. Mike was sporting a few new clubs, with a few more recently put on order, including what I can only describe as the most technical and unusual set of wedges I have ever seen. I’m reliably informed they should be hit as though using a putter. With such equipment in place and Martin being a strong 21 handicapper, our lads were up against it and eventually succumbed to a 2 & 1 loss. HKFC 1 HK Club 1.
Jonny Brock and Darren McEntee looked evenly matched against Donald Skinner and Anthony Wood (another strong 21 handicapper and no relation!). Darren was seeing a lot of the golf course, whereas Anthony was smashing drives as far as the two single figure handicap golfers in this flight, so we were really up against it. The HK Club taking the match 4 & 3 moving themselves into the lead. HKFC 1 HK Club 2.
Could HKFC put on the burners and pull this one out of the fire? Andrew Wood and the late arriving Will Glover hadn’t paired up before, took on John Latter and Robert Gazzi. Both HK Club’s players being regular players and local Golf Club members, so this would be a challenge. The first nine was nip and tuck, with no blood. Will playing consistently. The second nine Andrew started to put a few holes together and all of a sudden with a few holes won and now with the rain gently falling, our opponents were staring at defeat. Will made a great birdie on the 16th, game over. A solid 4 & 2 win. HKFC 2 HK Club 2.
They say save the best until the last and that we certainly did. Krzysztof Kostienko and Helen Hayward were playing Dave Collins and Stefan Kracht. Krzysztof was slamming it close to the pins on the Par 3’s where he was getting shots, which was suffocating the opposition and steady lead was being built. This pressure was too much with our pair winning 5 & 4, so HKFC back in the lead with one flight to come in. HKFC 3 HK Club 2.
Squashies Nick Rickett and Kien Ng anchoring the team travelled up together whilst discussing team tactics in the taxi. They were taking on Mervyn Jacobs and Ted Osborn. A happy ending for our team came with another solid 5 & 4 victory to round off a top team performance. Match over. HKFC 4 HK Club 2.
Being 2 to 1 down after 3 matches was slightly uncomfortable, but such is the talent of our team, a great comeback and the unbeaten streak continues. It was very social and enjoyable back at the clubhouse, with much talk about next year and could it be hosted by HK Club back in Macau early 2022. Let’s see.
Prizes were won by:
|Near Pin Winners|
|#2 Chris Burley|
|#5 Will Glover|
|#11 Nick Rickett|
|#16 Jonny Brock|
|#8 Ted Osborn|
|#15 Jonny Brock|
Captain, Golf Society