THE COSTA BLANCA LEAGUE MATCH REPORTS
Friday 26th April 2019
On Friday 26th April, the final round of this year's Costa Blanca League took place at La Sella. As it turned out, the bottom 4 teams in the table were playing each other and any one of them could be relegated or saved, depending on results, so a tense day was in store! Pego faced the mighty Campbell Lamont team, who had endured a tough season by their high standards. First off were Derek Lindley and Shaun O'Gorman facing two of the lowest handicappers of Campbells team. A high quality round of golf by both teams meant there was nothing in it the whole game and when the Campbell team managed a very difficult up and down at the 18th, a half was the final and fair result. It is worth mentioning at this point that buggies buzzing around the course kept us appraised of the situation in all the games and after 9 holes, Pego were up in 2, level in one and down in one so things were looking rosy. Of course, this is matchplay and nothing can be taken for granted! The second match saw Malcolm Cannon and Paul Sankey face a very strong father and son combination, who had just won the Race To Carnoustie La Sella qualifier the week before. Their good form continued, unfortunately for Malcolm and Paul, who went down by 6 and 4. Next up were Susie and John Snelling, who led by 2 after 9, but were pegged back to all square and finally lost 1 down, again in a great game of matchplay golf. Finally Penny and Brian Barden faced two single figure golfers, including a young lady, Lauren Wells, who hits an enormous ball. Despite this, they had soared to a 4 hole lead after 9 holes and were thinking of the Cava in the clubhouse to celebrate when the Campbell team awoke from its slumber and proceeded to win 7 of the next 9 holes with some amazing golf and defeating Pego by 3 and 1.
This meant a 1-7 defeat overall and due to other results, Pego being relegated by 1 point.
For all those who have represented Pego, thank you for your time and efforts and I hope you have enjoyed the matches as much as I have. I look forward to another season of matchplay golf on some wonderful golf courses later in the year and hopefully, a swift return to Division 1.
Friday 29th March 2019
With a reasonable time to set the alarm for a 1030 hrs 1st tee at Bonalba and the sun shining, Pego's golfers arrived with a smile on their faces for the penultimate round of the Costa Blanca League against our close neighbours, Levante.
Probably our strongest pairing of the season, Steve Crossan and Mick Connolly, lead us off and once again they dove-tailed perfectly to win 4 and 3. Shaun O'Gorman and Graham Borley went out second, but a combination of good golf and some outrageous fortune for the Levante pairing meant they went down by 4 and 3. Mike Phillips and Malcolm Cannon attempted to take down the goliath that is Anne Edwards and her partner, but like many before them, failed to do so and lost 5 and 4. Finally a new pairing of Derek Lindley and Pete Jackson, in his first CBL match, played some superb golf and were disappointed to walk off with a half, or a tie I should say using the preferred vocabulary of today! Overall a 3-5 loss, which means the fight to avoid relegation goes to the last match at La Sella.
Friday 22nd February 2019
When the alarm goes off in the middle of the night to get you up to play golf, you do question your sanity and love of the game. This is repeated when you arrive at the course to find it covered in frost and an hour and a half's delay to the start. So began the latest round of the Costa Blanca League on Friday 22nd February at Font Del Llop. Fortunately the sun did come up to warm both us and the course and we were able to begin our key match against French Amigos, a fellow "bottom half of the table" team. First out were Penny and Brian Barden, who came up against two good golfers who gelled superbly on the day and despite their best efforts, Pego lost 2 down. Second out were Shaun O'Gorman and Malcolm Cannon, who were looking forward to playing a scratch golfer, but the delay meant he and his partner were unable to play and two reserves were brought in at the last minute. They were not regular CBL players and this showed in their golf with Pego running out comfortable winners 4 and 3. Next out were Simon Fox and Paul Sankey. I am very grateful to both players for offering their services as we were short on numbers and it is good to see Paul back out on the course and playing well after his surgery. French Amigos got off to a flying start and despite a fightback by Pego, they weren't quite able to peg them back and we went down 2 and 1. So all down to the last pairing and possibly the hottest two players on the golfing circuit at the moment, Mick Connolly and Steve Crossan. I had already penciled in the 2 points for their win and they did not disappoint. They were just 2 over gross for the front 9 and ran out easy winners 3 and 1 against a strong pairing, so very well done guys and long may it continue. Overall a 4-4 draw, so we maintain our gap above the bottom two. Thank you to everybody who made the long trip down to Font Del Llop and for your efforts on behalf of Pego Golf Society.