Here is the match report for our three time CJ victor. Bruce has done a fair job, but nothing ever approaches the level of loving detail that Dougal likes to include when reliving his triumphs in the Big One.
To supplement the words, I’ve included some pictures of the weekend (still considering if YouTube will host raunchy videos), and some of the performance tables. A number of members might need to consider where they dropped points over the weekend – strangely low point accumulation on the par 5s from some of the society “Big Boys” and the gang of “2 Point Pirates” on the Par Fives.
Bruce’s Report – all Spelling is the author’s own
15th – 16th October 2011 WHV Claret Jug at Celtic Manor
Attendances:- Pres, TD, Ron, Juice, Campo, Aust, Bacon, Donk, Noz, Millers, Idiot, Prof & Hugh
Firstly I would like to thank last year’s winner and President, Dougal Baxter for an amazing choice of venue and excellent organisation of this event. I think I can speak for all 13 members who attended that it was a very successful weekend and that we were privileged to play 3 great courses (1 for the Amy Austin).
1st round – Twenty Ten course
The 1st round of the CJ kicked off in style with Wales getting a man sent off in the Rugby World cup semi final for a blatant spear tackle (although our Welsh hosts and Members did not see it quite like that…) a tour of the 2010 club house and the use of the locker room which the European Ryder cup team had used. Our President had organised for all members to have a personalised locker next to one of the Ryder cup players. I was lucky enough to be put next to Rory McIlroy’s locker, which must have been an omen. We were then taken by bus to the 1st tee and practice area. This might be the first time in the history of the CJ that we have ever warmed up before trying to hit a pearl of a drive down the middle of the fairway.
I was going to add a superb picture here of all the members standing on the 1st tee with the original Ryder Cup signage in the back ground but some joker ruined the photo!!
The balls were thrown up, the groups decided with a random American joining the last group and at last the 2011 CJ started. (The week before the random American had been round Wentworth with Ernie Els, so god knows of what he thought of his round with the TD….)
Overall I know everyone really enjoyed playing the 2010 course, it certainly was very challenging as there seemed to be bunkers or water anywhere you hit the ball. Which meant scoring was going to be hard, but not impossible. Campo hit 22 on the front 9 and if it wasn’t for him exploding on the last 4 holes he would have been the club house leader, that honour went to me with 38 points. I was lucky enough to have found some form at last or it was leaving the pub early on the Friday whilst everyone else got hammered, I’m not sure?
I can’t talk about everyone’s round but my shot of the Day was from the Prof hitting a 3 wood 220 yards out of a bunker, and he called it. That was closely forward by his 3rd short at the 18th, he was in the rough with a bad lie and managed to hit it 180 yards over water and land it 2 foot from the pin. Brilliant shot even if he didn’t know he had done it until he got on the green.
So after the first round the prizes went to:-
Juice Club House Leader 38 points
Web Donk Big Dog – longest drive
President Shark – nearest the pin
After a memorable round it was back to the club house, were we where each presented with a marvellous named metal bag tag / medal to help us remember our 2010 experience and then back to the hotel to change for our evening at the local pub and curry house. The highlights have the bloke crying out side the bogs because his mates had got him a stripper and Noz being the gentleman that he is and taking his seat, our President not drinking (although it didn’t help his form much), the club house leader having the extendable fork “stolen”, Aust shouting at the TD, Noz and Butters having a row about bullying and most of the members ordering tea and coffee at midnight. Who said we are getting old?
Back to Bruce’s Match Report…
2nd round – Roman Road Course
So to the final round, this was going to be an interesting day with at least 7 members in with a chance of winning. We all set off with clean clubs and the chance of becoming the 2011 CJ winner. The final group was Me, Campo, Donk & TD with me having a 3 point lead over Campo.
It was always going to be decided by whoever could hold their nerve and both myself and Campo found the first few holes a struggle, especially as we heard that Aust was on a charge. Luckily for us it didn’t last long and by the 9th it was clear that it was between myself and Campo. By this stage he had got to within 1 point, it was going to be a very tight finish.
After the 13th Campo had taken a 1 point lead and I was thinking 2nd wasn’t a bad result, especially as my drive on the 14th followed Campo’s drive into the water!! He then knocked his drop onto the green and mine ended up in the water again and I ended up 2 points down. Surely it was all over?
But on the very next hole the pressure of leading the CJ can get to anyone and Campo’s next tee shot found the stream and I was able to snatch a point back and by the 16th I had edged back into the lead. An out of bounds drive on the 17th by Campo meant he had to score four points on the 18th to win. I managed to keep my nerve and won my 3rd CJ and the honour of wearing the Green Jacket for the 2nd time and organising next year’s CJ
A special note should go to those Members backed themselves on the Celtic Manor Par 3 Challenge holes and particularly those who won free rounds – Ron (on both Saturday and Sunday), the Idiot and Baxter (Sunday).
The final scores where:-
Juice 2011 Claret Jug Winner 71 points
Campo Runner up 67 points
Ron 3rd Place 61 points
Noz Sunday Best 35 points
Aust King of the par 3s
Juice King of the par 3s
Idiot Sunday Shark – nearest the pin
Ron Sunday Hulk and Big Dog – (easily) the longest drive
Performance for the Weekend
2011 Claret Jug
|Green Jacket||Juice||71 Points|
|Overnight Leader||Juice||38 Points|
|Overnight Hulk & Big Dog||Donk|
|Sunday Best||Noz||35 Points|
|Hulk & Big Dog||Ron|
|King of Fives||Bruce||16 Points|
|King of Threes||Aust||20 Points|
2011 CJ King of Threes
2011 CJ King of Fives
|Player||2010 Course||Roman Road||Total|
The Chase for the 2011 Claret JugAust and Ron got close early doors, but it really was mano-a-mano on the Roman Road, and the TD and I were privileged to witness some good stuff when we weren't looking for each other's wild drives.
|Hole||Bruce Scores||Campo Scores||Position|
|Start||38||35||Bruce by 3|
|1||1||1||Bruce by 3 (39 v 36)|
|2||1||3||Bruce by 1 (40 v 39)|
|3||1||3||Campo by 1 (42 v 41)|
|4||2||0||Bruce by 1 (43 v 42)|
|5||2||2||Bruce by 1 (45 v 44)|
|6||3||1||Bruce by 3 (48 v 45)|
|7||1||2||Bruce by 2 (49 v 47)|
|8||3||4||Bruce by 1 (52 v 51)|
|9||2||2||Bruce by 1 (54 v 53)|
|10||2||2||Bruce by 1 (56 v 55)|
|11||2||1||Bruce by 2 (58 v 56)|
|12||3||3||Bruce by 2 (61 v 59)|
|13||0||3||Campo by 1 (62 v 61)|
|14||0||1||Campo by 2 (63 v 61)|
|15||3||1||All Square (64 each)|
|16||3||1||Bruce by 2 (67 v 64)|
|17||2||0||Bruce by 4 (69 v 64)|
|18||2||2||Bruce by 4 (71 v 66)|
|End||33||32||Bruce's choke out choked by Campo!|