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Surrey Downs v Farleigh

Result Surrey Downs 45 - 45 Farleigh


On a beautiful Summers day and the course being in very good condition a very tight match was played out,

First out were the Farleigh big hitters John and Rob who got the better of Andrew and Chris and ran out winners by five points.

Up next came Paul and James for Surrey Downs and although at one point were six points behind managed to rally and went down by three to Gary and Tony.

The tide then turned with Gordon and Rob coming home three points ahead of Alex and Billy.

The fourth match again went the way of the Surrey Downs pair of Nick and Stuart and posted a three point victory against Bryan and Alex.

This left Farleigh up by two with one result to go, a hard fought match which saw the first seven holes halved, the Surrey Downs pair of Phil and Derek edged ahead around the turn and managed to keep ahead of the Farleigh pair Simon and Darren and came home with a two point victory

Matched halved to leave the League Table delicately balanced.

Surrey Downs now head for an away game with Reigate Hill, whilst Farleigh will next entertain Woldingham


Woldingham v Surrey National

Result Woldingham 49.5 - 40.5 Surrey National
A beautiful day for golf and although the bunkers are still a work in progress after recent heavy rain, the course was in very good condition.
Woldingham's 2 Robs, Garbutt and Cackett, edged a high-quality game against Surrey Nat's captain Sean Savedra and his partner Paul Gilbody by just one point.
Jim Marsh and I had a tight game against Dave Pace and Simon Lavelle which was still level after 16, but we somehow managed to win the last 3 holes.
Another close game between the home pair Austin Burns and Chris Coates and visitors Graham Adams and Brian Chamberlain, a one-point win for Woldingham. Sportsmanship award for the day goes to Graham for calling a penalty on himself which no-one else saw. Kudos to Graham for that and a good example of why we all love this game so much and hopefully would all do the same.
Surrey National's only winning pair on the day were Matt Strong and Lee Feasey, some big hitting by them getting them 3 up at one point on Evol Graham and Aydin Turker, who fought back well to only lose by one.
Woldingham's final pair of Geoff Clark and Mel Taylor brough in the big points with a winning margin of 5 over Dilip Sechan and Jim Doran.
Apologies for any incorrect Surrey Nat names in the above, taken from a team sheet with some dodgy writing on it!
We look forward to the return at Surrey National on 25th August.
Mike Walsh


Surrey Downs v Surrey National

A dry day at Surrey Downs made a nice change, although the previous 3 months of rain caused a fair amount of casual water and a few new water features. 

Match 1 started the day nicely for SD with Nick and Stuart beating Matt and Jim 10.5-7.5

Match 2 saw the SD pair of James and Paul 4 down with 4 to play but they rallied and managed to half the match against Steve and Sean

Match 3 Phil and Derek combined very well and with some consistent putting were able to beat Bryan and Simon by 11.5-6.5

Match 4 gave SD their largest pairs victory with Andrew and Chris beating Graham and Simon 12.5-5.5.

Match 5 continued the winning sequence for SD with Dave and Jack defeating John and Andrew by 10.5-7.5

Overall score Surrey Downs 54, Surrey National 36

A great result has taken Surrey Downs to the top of the League albeit having played one extra game but the points are on the board, we now look forward to welcoming Farleigh next.


Match Cancelled

Due to Summer conditions !!!, Surrey Downs v Surrey National had to be cancelled due to water logged course


Woldingham v Surrey Downs

It was a fine dry day at Woldingham albeit a tad windy!!!

Match 1 Austin & Phil v Steve & Tom - The home pair started the stronger but were pulled back but won the 9th to lead by 2. Steve holed a good put on 13 followed by an inch perfect approach to the 14th squaring up the match but debutant Phil held his nerve to win 15th and 18th resulting in a 10-8 win for the home side.
Match 2 Aydin & John v Paul & James - Again the home side started stronger and held a 5 hole advantage but this was slowly eroded and by winning the 18th squared up this fluctuating match 9 All.
Match 3 Rob & Geoff v Trevor & Phil - Another close game with the away side getting to 2 up but were slowly caught and eventually passed and a half on the 18th ment a 1 hole victory for the home pair.
Match 4 Jim & Mel v Derek & Kelvin - Yet again a closely fought match with the home side getting their noses in front but were caught resulting in the second 9 All of this match.
Match 5 Chris & Geoff v Chris & Dave - The away pair started off with 2 birdies in the first 4 holes to take an early lead but were clawed back and passed and the home side ran out a 5 hole win.
Overall Woldingham 49 Surrey Downs 41
A fine and closely fought match resulting in Woldingham going joint top in the league with 4 matches remaining!!! Things could not be closer!!!
Austin Burns


Woldingham v Farleigh

Woldingham 45 – 45 Farleigh


Woldingham had started the season with 2 away matches, a win and a tie. As the score suggests, their first home match proved to be a closely fought contest. In good conditions, both teams played a high standard of golf in just the right spirit of friendly but fierce competition.


In match 1 the home pairing of Andy Paterson and Chris Coates fought hard but found Bryan Pitt’s 2-under par second nine and an outrageous chip-in on 17 too hot to handle, Bryan and Andy Harrington prevailing by 2 points. In the second match it was the home pair of Jim Marsh and Mike Walsh who had the stronger back nine to go 2 ahead but Alex Pink almost holing his tee shot at 17 brought him and his partner Billy McLachlan to within 1, which was Jim and Mike’s eventual winning margin.


In match 3 Austin Burns and Neil Kirkpatrick proved too strong a home pairing for the 2 Johns Harris and Blezard, coming in 2 up. In the fourth match Woldingham’s lowest handicapper Rob Garbutt turned in a level par round but he and John Jeffries still couldn’t shake off Lee Sugden and Mark Evans, with the match finishing level. So with the final match coming down the 18th Woldingham were ahead by the slimmest margin of 1 point, but the Farleigh pair of Tony McIntyre and Gary Rawlings were 2 ahead of Aydin Turker and Mark Deragon and looking likely to snatch an overall away win for the visitors until Aydin holed for birdie from the edge of the green. So a tied match and a great match. We look forward to the return!


Farleigh v Surrey Downs

Match Report 

Farleigh Vs Surrey Downs 

Farleigh welcomed Surrey Downs to their newly refurbished clubhouse on Sunday 13th May. 

In the first match the two John's from Farleigh soon got ahead of Gordon and Charles, going 3 up after 4 holes. Aspirations of a big win were soon dashed after losing the next 3 holes. From then on it was nip and tuck, until the home boys won holes 15 and 17, with Charles not making his extra shots count. The last hole was halved, giving the Farleigh boys a two hole win. 

In match 2 the home boys, Jack and Darren, took on James and Paul. Paul certainly seemed to enjoy the course, and utilised his shots well with Jack and Darren 4 down after 9 holes. It was a long way back for Farleigh and in fact went to 6 down. Jack and Darren fought hard and pulled 2 holes back, but just couldn't compete with James, and particularly Paul on the day. 

Match 3 saw the home boys, Tony and Gary pitted against Chris and Geoff. Farleigh led from the start, and never allowed Surrey Downs into the game. Tony and Gary steadily won holes with no reply, going 6 up, keeping that lead until the end. 

Bryan and Andy, played against Kelvin and Phil in the 4th match who led by two, winning the 4th then the 6th. Farleigh won the long 8th but SD won the 9th, 2 up after 9 holes. Went to 1 down after Andy knocked it to a foot on the 15th for a net 3. Phil waved his magic wand again and scored a birdie on the 16th. Great 2 on 17 by Bryan, brought it back to one, but Farleigh were unable to halve the match, missing a ten foot putt on the last, to lose the battle by one hole. 

Farleigh's Alex and Billy played Tom and David in the last match. Alex and Billy went 3 up after 4 holes, then both teams birdied the next two holes, and Tom and David pulling one back before the ninth, to go 2 down. The game got tight when the Surrey Downs boys pulled it back to level after hole 13. Farleigh then preceded to win the 14th and 15th, and halved the rest of the way in, winning the day by 2 holes. 

So after a very tight match, played in a great spirit, Farleigh just win the day by 47.5 - 42.5.

We look forward to the return in August


Surrey Downs kick off their season

Surrey Downs v Woldingham

With a little trepidation Surrey Downs kicked off their 3rd season with a home match against two time champions Woldingham.

As it turns out it was a nail biting match finishing all square.

The 1st match was a tight affair ending in a one point win for the visitors.

Surrey Downs came storming back in match 2 with a 4 point win, only to lose by the same margin in match 4.

Match 3 was halfed.

Match 5 ,on the 18th tee Surrey Downs were two up enough to see a victory, unfortunately a well worked birdie for Woldingham won the hole and leaving the result 45-45

We now move onto Farleigh


We're off again!! - Match 1 Report...

Match 1
Reigate Hill Vs The Woldingham
Well another Surrey Hills League Started on Saturday.
Unfortunately it did not go so well for the home side, as we were comfortably beaten by a score of 43-47.
In particular credit must go to Neil & Ayden in match 4 for a very impressive victory with Neil in particular shooting a gross 75 (3 over par) playing of a handicap of 10. This was far too much for the home pair of Sam and Ian.
Match 1, was a close affair all the way round but Austin's red hot putter finally prevailled with superb clutch putts on the final two holes securring a two hole victory
There were two climmers of hope for the home side in matches two and three where the home pairings of Phil and Robert in match 2 and Harry and Geoff in match 3 both winning comfortably 11-7.
In the final match Reigate were hoping for a big win to balance the books unfortunately this did not happen as the two Robs of Woldingham ran out 9.5 -8.5 winners.
 Congratulations to Austin and his team for being the 1st club to beat us on our own patch.
We look forward to the return match to hopefully reverse this result.
Result  Reigate 43 - Woldingham 47


Phil Churchill

The first two season of the Surrey Hills League have now been completed and it is moving from strength to strength , with new friendships being made and friendly rivalries started. Long may this continue!!!
Phil Churchill's Chairmanship has now come to an end and I know when I say on behalf of every player who has played in this event Thankyou for all your hard work and  stewardship of this event. But we must also thank the "Gang of 4" who then made this idea a reality.
I would like to wish Neil Marshall all the best for his two years as Chairman and I know he will bring new ideas and move this great competition forward.
Austin Burns


Rule changes for 2011

At the recent league committee meeting the following rules were amended/introduced:


Rule 7.2: Use of buggies is not allowed unless a player can produce a medical certificate to prove use is required due to a medical reason only.

Rule 4.10 The visiting/away team tees off first on the first tee in all ties.

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Trophy Finished

The Surrey Hills League trophy has now been finished. Carved out of a solid chunk of Surrey Oak it has been engraved with the league logo and is now awaiting its first duty - to be presented to the inaugural champions Woldingham at the league day on 5th November.

The committee would like to thank Neil Marshall for overseeing the project - a job well done!



Woldingham vs Reigate Hill Match Report

Woldingham 45.5 Reigate Hill 44.5
The weather was not unlike the reverse fixture but all players gave it their best and a good hard contest ensued.
In the first match it was a rematch between Austin & Nic v Graham & Neil and like the previous encounter it was the away side who came away with the spoils ending the unbeaten run of Woldinghams top pair. Graham shot 2 over gross and it was a pleasure to see and they ran out 11-7 winners.
In match 2 Woldinghams two Robs eventually won a tough match against Phil & Keith 10-8 will Rob Cackett driving like a dream.
Match 3 ended with a win for Harry & David over the home side of Bill & Tom with Harry being the main stay playing under his handicap and holding things together winning 10-8.
Woldinghams other unbeaten pair of Mike & Jim once again won 11.5 to 6.5 for the third consecutive match against Steve & Mike.
This ment that Woldingham had reached their target of 36 points with 1 match to spare!
The final match was again a tough battle ending with honours even 9 All between Neil & Andrew v Roric & Ian.
After we had dried out we watched the pros show us how it should be done with Europe pulling ahead of USA.
Many thanks to all players and organisers for a great event.
Austin Burns


Farleigh Court vs Surrey National

The result from 11/9/ 2010 Farleigh Court 47.5 points Surrey National 42.5 points a very close and competitive match played in a friendly and sporting fashion, we thought it was going to be a very wet event the rain soon cleared for a bright breezy day.

Jeremy Assig


1,710 down, 90 to go......

And so we get down to just one match to go. An incredible 1,710 holes of golf have been played thus far and with just 90 holes to go it looks as though we have 3 teams left with a chance to win our inaugural prize.

Farleigh are the first of our three 'contenders' and are now sitting comfortably in the clubhouse, the last putt struck and their score frozen on 372.

The last two contenders find themselves playing each other, is it a winner takes all?

If Reigate Hill can end with an away win, it may just come with the bitter disappointment of still not winning the title. They need a score of 53.5/36.5 in their favour to tie level with Farleigh. Our league rules state that in the event of a tie then the 'countback' to decide the winner is done by examining who won the most holes in the two matches between the sides. In this case the score is Farleigh Court 93/Reigate Hill 87. Therefore in order to have a chance to win the title Reigate Hill have to gain a minimum of 54 points. But alas, if they do this it means the match result of 54/36 in their favour would mean that Woldingham would end up with 373 against Reigate Hill 372.5. The title would be lost by half a point! The agony!
So 54 is not good enough, it must be 54.5 which would reverse the situation and a Reigate title by half a hole!!

But of course The Woldingham have home advantage. They know what they must do. 36 points and Surrey Hills League 2010 is theirs.

Therefore the sharp readers would now have realised that there is no score possible that can result in Farleigh Court winning the title. If their nearest rivals (Woldingham) fall at the last hurdle by winning less than 35 holes (and thus end up behind Farleigh) it means Reigate win the match by a margin large enough to go passed Farleigh.

So actually we enter the last match with only these two teams capable of winning the title.

1 match; 5 ties; 90 holes.

Hold on to your hats, the one thing we should have learned from golf is it's constant ability to surprise us....

Phil Churchill
League Chairman


Surrey Downs vs Reigate Hill

A perfect day for golf was the backdrop to a keenly fought and even game. Honours were shared after both sides chalked up wins of 10.5-7.5, along with matching 10-8's, rounded off with a 9-9.
Special nod to Steve Wheal for Surrey Downs who had to fly solo after his partner had to pull out on the 2nd hole through illness but still managed to chalk up a creditable 7.5 points.

Result: Surrey Downs 45 - Reigate Hill 45



Surrey National vs Woldingham Match Report

Result Surrey National 42 1/2 Woldingham 47 1/2
The weather behaved itself albeit a tad windy which meant that conditions were testing!
So round 2 of the Altonwood Derby and a rematch in the opening match with Austin & Nic against Barry & Paul. Nic started the steadiest but Woldingham were pegged back to 5 all after 10 then Austin stepped up to nudge the away side in front only for the steady home pair to respond but a bad last hole for SN meant that the same result and score was recorded in favour of Woldingham 10 to 8.
In the 2nd match Lee & Mark ran into an in form Steve with Dad Bob backing him up well and ran out 10 1/2 to 7 1/2 winners and briefly putting a smile on the home sides faces.
This was quickly removed by Mike & Jim who again were the birdie pairing with Mike making 3 and Jim 1 and beating the 2 Grahams 11 1/2 to 6 1/2.
The home teams agony was increased the the 3rd match by Neil & Andrew who again played steady against Jeremy & Simon and ran out 10 1/2 to 7 1/2 winners.
The deficit was reduced the the final match as Tony and John beat Woldinghams 2 Robs by 10 to 8 after nearly 5 hours!!!!
With 1 match remaining who will hold their nerve?
Austin Burns
Woldingham Surrey Hills Captain


Surrey Downs vs Farleigh Court Match Report

Great match played in somewhat better conditions than the opening match of the season.

Match 1 produced a one point win to the away club, but this was overturned in match 2 which was won by three points by Surrey Downs. However the advantage was handed back to Farleigh again when they came in 11-7 winners of match 3. With match 4 finishing all square it came down to the last pairings to see if the away side could hold on to their lead. Match 5 finished 10-8 to Surrey Downs to chalk up the leagues first draw.

Overall both sides seemed relatively happy with Farleigh needing as many points to challenge for the title and Surrey Downs fighting back from their bad season start to try and climb off last place.

Match result: Surrey Downs 45 - Farleigh Court 45.

Phil Churchill
Surrey Downs


Woldingham vs Surrey National Match Report

Woldingham 54 Surrey National 36
The forecast was for a muggy day and so it proved plus a little wind and eventually the sun broke through on the back nine for a warm afternoon.
After breakfast and the swapping of team sheets and waiting for late comers the first balls were struck in anger and battle started in this local derby within the Altonwood Group!
Once again Woldingham sent captain Austin out first with Nic and they started strongly with pars and a birdie on the 3rd to take the early advantage and then it became nip and tuck with Barry using his shots well to claw back but Surrey National started the back nine 2 down. After swapping holes Austin rolled in his second birdie on 14th to go 3 up which was only 1 after 17th. Paul holed from off the green for a par leaving 2 chances to win which at the second attempt was taken and once again a win for Woldinghams undefeated top pair 10 to 8.
In the second match debutante Mike dovetailed well with Jim as they holed 5 birdies on the front nine and Jim holed 2 more on the back to run out 11 1/2 to 6 1/2 winners for the home side.
The same result was recorded by the two Robs who returned to winning ways even if Mr G nearly missed breakfast!!!
The forth match was the icing on the cake for Woldingham with Neil & Andrew running out 13 to 5 winners playing some fine golf on the way.
The last match was Surrey Nationals only ray of sunshine as the dream team of Dilip & Mustaq beat Bill & Tom 10 to 8 playing well under their handicaps.
Over a few pints stories were exchanged and new friends made , round 2 to be played on 28th August.
Austin Burns
Woldinghams Surrey Hills League Captain


Reigate Hill vs Farleigh Court

Reigate Hill vs Farleigh Court
24th July
Yet again the weather gods were smiling on us as it was a beautiful day. The day started off very well as both teams arrived at the club in plenty of time and enjoyed a very pleasant breakfast. Both myself and Trevor entered our team sheets and the matches got underway.
Match 1
Colin & Matt vs Bryan & Tony
A high quality match with all 4 players playing off low single figures and by all accounts all played below their handicaps producing a tremendous match
Reigate running out 10.5-7.5 winners
Match 2
Phil & Robert vs Simon & Darren
Well played to Phil & Robert who run out as victors although they both had to play very well in order to contain a late charge from a strong Farleigh pair. Comment must be made to Robert as continuing sarcasm against his captain may incur serious repercussions
Reigate 10.5 Farleigh 7.5
Match 3
Danny & David vs John H & John B
Well played to Danny & David playing in their 1st league match they were a very strong pairing from Farleigh. Although they received a few shots from their opponents they did not seem phased and produced some super golf to be 3 up at the turn. The two Johns from Farleigh really stepped it up on the back nine producing some stunning golf to bring it back to all square
Reigate 9 Farleigh 9
Match 4
Roric & Ian vs Trevor & Des
Roric & Ian (the dream team) really played some scintillating golf against a previously undefeated pairing to get at one point 7up and looked like steamrollering their opponents. But tremendous credit must go to Trevor & Des who never gave up and a string of birdies on the back nine reduced the deficit to only 2 that must almost have felt like a win
Reigate 10 Farleigh 8
Match 5
Andy & James vs Gary & Bill
unlucky to Andy & James who were soon under pressure from the consistent Gary and the flamboyant Bill who utilised his shots very well to soon get in front, a position they never relinquished throughout their match. i know the Reigate pair tried their best but on the day the pair from Farleigh were too strong
Reigate 7.5 Farleigh 10.5
Overall result Reigate 47.5 Farleigh 42.5
A fantastic match played in great spirit All the best to Farleigh Court in the remainder of their matches.


Surrey Downs vs The Woldingham Match Report

Surrey Downs V Woldingham Sun 20th June

Result Surrey Downs 46 1/2 Woldingham 43 1/2

When I left home the weather hadn't decided what it would offer , in the end it was a fine day for golf and some fine golf was played.
The home team obviously arranged for this match to coincide with the London to Brighton cycle race which resulted in a 20 min detour was this ultimate gamesmanship?
Breakfast was served in the well laid out club house and was the best sampled to date!
Reunited which Nic his partner from the first 3 matches Austin again went out in the top match. It became obvious from the 1st tee shots that Woldingham's capt was not on his game and Nic would be under pressure.The front 9 finished with the home team up 5 1/2 to 3 1/2 having played solid golf.
Would the back 9 be any different? Could Austin hit a barn door with a banjo? On the evidence of the tee shot on 11th the answer was NO!!! After 13th the home team were 4 in front was this the end of Woldingham's front pairs winning streak? In the closing holes Austin started to play was it the banana? With 2 pars and 2 birdies Woldingham's pair brought the match all square on 18th tee. Again after the tee shots the home team were in the box seats but when a fine 2nd to the green took a big bounce out of bounds this left Clive with a tricky downhill put for birdie with Austin 10 ft away also in 3. It would have been fair if the hole was halved but Clive missed and Austin didn't! So a 9 1/2 to 8 1/2 win to the away team.
In the second match a similar story with the home team in front but Woldingham fought back to gain a 9 All Draw.
The third match provided us with the largest winning margin with Surrey Downs running out 10 1/2 to 7 1/2 winners.
The forth match also had an undefeated pair of the two Robs and again it went to the wire with the home team holding their nerve to win 9 1/2 to 8 1/2.
The last match again proved to be tight too tight to call and it ended All Square.
On the patio drinks were supped and stories swapped and chocking accusations were banded!!!
This match was why this league was set up as it was played hard and fair but when finished new friends were made and banter exchanged both within squads and opposition.

Austin Burns
Woldinghams Surrey Hills League Captain


Farleigh Court vs Woldingham DOUBLE Match Report

Farleigh Court v Woldingham Sat 5th June

A first for the season, a match report from both sides league captains....

The Woldingham Report:
As we arrived at Farleigh Court it was obvious that we were for a hot days golf and so it proved.

After a fine breakfast and pairings confirmed the main event started!

In keeping with previous matches Woldinghams captain was in the top game while Farleigh sent theirs out last. The course showed its teeth from the outset as anything off line would be punished.
The first match started evenly until Farleighs pair on Tony and Matt birdied the 3rd and 4th to take the early advantage which was reduced at the 6th. The 7th was halved in birdies with Warren for Woldingham joining the party after which the away team won the last 2 holes to hold the advantage at the turn. This was quickly reduced at the 10th , with the next 2 holes won with birdies one for each side Woldingham still had their noses infront which remained the case until the 17th when not for the first time Farleighs short games skills came to the fore and it was all square playing the last. This to went in favour of the home team and a very friendly match ended Woldinghams captains unbeaten run.

Cool drinks were quickly dispatched and we awaited the other matches.

The home team were smarting from their defeat 2 weeks ago and they turned it on in the next two matches winning 11 1/2 to 6 1/2 and 10 1/2 to 7 1/2 respectively. Was Woldingham heading for their heaviest defeat todate?

In the 4th game Woldinghams two Robs just had the upper hand and as such provided the away sides only win 10 1/2 to 7 1/2 and keeping their pairings unbeaten record intact. Farleighs captain Trevor came in with a 10 to 8 win in the last match to complete the win.

Another fine days golf with some good scoring but it was the home sides fine short game which edged it but overall Woldingham came out on top by 1 point showing how closely matched the sides were.

Austin Burns
Woldinghams Surrey Hills Captain

The Farleigh Court Report:
On what was a beautiful day with blue skies and little wind, Farleigh Court were looking forward to reversing the result of 2 weeks ago against our friends from The Woldingham.

There was no team talk required before the match but instead each player was given a copy of The Woldingham captains last match report - thankyou Austin.

We made a number of changes from a weakened side 2 weeks earlier with stronger players being brought in and we also revamped the pairings. The biggest challenge was to decide who was to take on the previously unbeaten Austin and his partner Warren, as there were no shortage of takers!!!!

Finally it was decided that the 'Big Two' Tony and Matt would go out 1st to take on Austin and Warren and what was a close match throughout the home side eventually took the honours 9.5 - 8.5 thereby ending that unbeaten record.

The 2nd match saw a new pairing of Bryan and Keith taking on Lee and Jim and this turned out to be a one-sided affair which was a sharp contrast for Bryan in paticular, with them winning 11.5 - 6.5.

The 3rd match saw the established pairing of Simon and Darrren, whose recent form has come to fruition, battling it out with Tony and Geoff. After a close front 9 the home team pulled away on the back 9 and won 10.5 - 7.5.

In the penultimate match we had the '2 Johns' (the pairing that like to take one for the boys!)they were playing the '2 Robs'. This was a very tight match upto the 15th and then the away side took the match by the scruff of the neck and won the last 3 holes, winning 7.5 - 10.5. I assume they know what to take to improve their staying power!!!

The final match saw the playing captain Trevor and Des team up for the first time in this league and they were playing Mark and Bill. The front 9 was very close with the away side having the upper hand most of the way round but we managed to make it all square by the 10th. On the back 9 we lost the 10th to a birdie but soon we levelled and then winning 2 of the last 4 holes saw us coming out on top 10 - 8.

So ended an enjoyable day and hopefully our friends from The Woldingham did also - apart from the result of course!

Trevor Mansfield - Captain of Farleigh Court



Reigate Hill vs Surrey Downs Match Snaphot

A blistering hot day that ended with a very close result. The first four matches all came in 9.5 to 8.5 with two in favour of the home team and two for the away side. All square after four matches.

The result was decided on the outcome of match 5 which was nicked by Reigate Hill 10 - 8.

Result: Reigate Hill 46 - Surrey Downs 44


Reigate Hill vs Surrey National Match Report

Reigate Hill vs Surrey National
22nd May
Well what a fantastic day, we had Reigate for our match with Surrey National the weather could not have been better, which put everyone in a good mood for what was to become a very competitive match.
As a non-playing captain I feel I could be completely objective about how the 5 matches went, as I got feedback from both teams. I believe that all matches were well contested with all parties thoroughly enjoying the day.
Match 1
Sam & Mark vs Barry and Paul. Result 11-7 The front nine seemed to be a bit scrappy with both teams missing putts, but on the back nine things certainly warmed up with a miraculous birdie by Sam on the Par 5 14th after hitting his first tee shot out of bounds he re-loaded to find the fairway 180yds out he then proceeded to hole his 4th shot with a 4 iron, pretty incredible.
Match 2
Harry & Phil vs Jeremy and Simon Result 8-10. Well done to the away pair who must have been delighted with their result especially as the same pairings saw a comfortable victory for Reigate at Surrey National. To Harry and Phil better luck next time (if selected).
Match 3
Roger & Geoff vs Peter & Graham Result 10.5-7.5 Well done to our boys from Reigate, who suffered a heavy defeat away to Farliegh in our last match, but that obviously this did not affect their confidence. Roger played particularly well to control the match from the outset.
Match 4
Phil & Robert vs Mustaq & Nick Result 11-7 a tinge of disappointment was expressed by Jeremy after this match because he felt this was a strong pairing for the away side, however local knowledge prevailed with our boys playing superbly to run out comfortable winners, special thanks to Robert for stepping in at the last minute to cover for illness.
Match 5
Roric & Ian vs Bob & Grant Result 10.5-7.5 The dream team have done it again both playing well it seems all the time, to give their opponents little chance. I feel I may have to rest them for the next match to give some other players a chance.
Finally I would just like to congratulate both teams for the fantastic attitude they showed throughout the day and wish Surrey National the best of luck for the remainder of their matches
Result Reigate Hill 51 Surrey National 39
Graham Duhig
Surrey Hills Captain for Reigate Hill


The Woldingham vs Farleigh Court Match Report

Woldingham v Farleigh Court Sat 22/5/10

Result Woldingham 49 1/2 Farleigh Court 40 1/2

The weather hadn't quite made up its mind when I left home but by the time we teed off it was spot on as were both the breakfast and the course.
Due to the playoffs and injury the home team had to bring in both their reserves and re-shuffle the team playing order.
Once again Woldingham sent our their captain out first with his partner who were undefeated so far while Farleigh sent theirs out in the middle order.
In the top match the 1st was halved with pars but the 2nd was where Woldingham started their play resulting in short birdie putt which was holed to take the lead which was never relinquished. The Woldingham pair dovetailed well whilst Farleigh were still recovering from a heavy day on Friday!!! At the turn it was 6 1/2 to 2 1/2 to the home side with Farleigh not winning a hole a fact they rectified on the 10th but their fight back was short lived and it was due to the putter of Austin who single putted 12,13 and 14 to increase the home sides dominance and when Nic chipped in for a birdie 2 on 15 Farleigh could well have been forgiven for thinking that the golfing gods were against them. It finished 12 1/2 to 5 1/2 to Woldingham.
The second match finished 10 1/2 to 7 1/2 in favour of the away side was this their fight back? Woldingham shut the door quickly with a 11 to 7 win in the third match.
The remaining matches went down to the wire and Woldingham squeezed out a 9 1/2 to 8 1/2 win in the fourth and it was all square in the final match with the home side winning the last two holes to make things even.
Once again a fine match with Farleigh looking to even things up on their course on 5th June.

Austin Burns
Woldingham Surrey Hills League Captain


Latest weekend scores

Surrey National 44 - Surrey Downs 46
Farleigh Court 50.5 - Reigate Hill 39.5


Woldingham vs Surrey Downs

Woldingham v Surrey Downs Sat 17/4/10

The weather could not have been different from our first fixtures the sun shone and some of the golf sparkled to !!

Woldingham again sent out their Captain first whilst Surrey Downs placed theirs further down the order, who had the tactics and team selection right? Only time would tell.

In the top game it was a close affair for the front 9 with Woldingham making birdie at the 9th to compensate for Surrey Downs making one on 8th leaving Woldingham 5-4 up at the turn. The Back 9 proved to be the turning point with Woldingham taking the upper hand helped by not loosing a single hole and eventually winning 10 1/2 to 7 1/2.

The same score and result was recorded by game 3 whilst game 5 was also a Woldingham win 10 to 8 it was in games 2 and 4 that the result was put beyond doubt with 13 to 5 and 14 to 4 wins for the home side. It must have been the breakfast and the team kit!

Again new friends were made over a pint or two and even legs were shown off along with sun burn.

Result Woldingham 58 Surrey Downs 32

Austin Burns
Surrey Hills Captain for Woldingham


Surrey National vs Farleigh Court

Result of match played on Saturday 10th April: Surrey National 48 - Farleigh Court 42.

Weather was superb and all matches very close.


Surrey National vs Reigate Hill

Match result update:
Surrey National 47 - Reigate Hill 43


Match Report Reigate Hill v Woldingham 20th March

When we arrived the weather could have gone either way however it went the wrong way!!!!

Breakfast was served and set us all up for the battle ahead both against the opposition and the elements. The first tee shots were struck and the weather showed us its teeth and continued for the majority of the round with little or no respite to be found.

Both Reigate and Woldingham sent their captains out first and an enjoyable match ensued with Woldingham taking the early initiative and never letting up eventually running out 12-6 winners. The next two matches proved to be the turning point with the home team edging them both and winning 10-8 and 9.5-8.5. The last two matches also went to the home team 10.5-7.5.

Afterwards when drying out stories were told with Graham and Neil being ribbed as they were the only home team pair to loose!!

Tribute should go out to both teams as they played this match in the spirit for which this competition was set up especially given the awful weather conditions.

Woldingham looks forward to welcoming Reigate on 3rd October and over turning the 3 point deficit.

Austin Burns
Woldingham Surrey Hills Captain


A Battering Start....

Farleigh Court vs Surrey Downs

After almost a year in the planning, it was great to see the first ball struck in anger. The trouble was it was a brute of a day. The wind was unrelenting and bringing with it sheet after sheet of rain. After 2 holes I don't think I have ever been wetter on a golf course and it never held up for the next 4 hours.

So with the weather battering both teams, Farleigh didn't take long to start battering Surrey Downs. I was in match three and standing on the 4th green it was clear we were about to go 4-0 down, the group in front passed us and they had the same score, and the last we knew of the match one they were 3-0 down. Not even a single half point out of the first 3 matches in almost 4 holes!!

It had the makings of a complete whitewash. However, in weather that frankly, short of a club match or the club championship you wouldn't dream of playing in we dug deep and kept going, hoping we could grab a half point from somewhere to stop the rot. And we did, slowly.

By the end of the match we had managed to claw our score back to a 10-8 loss, which felt like a win after the start. The score in the 5 matches was: 14-4; 12-6; 10-8; 10-8; 9-9.

Total score Farleigh Court 55 - Surrey Downs 35.

A good strong start by Farleigh Court. From a Surrey Downs perspective it is hard to know if it is a good, average or poor start. With the mix of long black tees and white tees making up their 'grey' competition course, will Farleigh Court prove to be a difficult away fixture for the other clubs? Will such a differential between home and away scores be about average or have we already given ourselves an uphill task with what may turn out to be a low away score.

Time will tell. But soaked or not, I still bloody enjoyed it!

Phil Churchill
Surrey Downs


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