The final of the Henley Golf Club Knock Out competition played over the season between the 8 young golfers who were highest ranked in the Junior Section Order of Merit took place this weekend. The finalists were Mairi Weir (hcp 17) and Oscar Rait (hcp 16 ) who had also played in last year’s final. The match was played the morning after Storm Angus and in view of the conditions preferred lies were allowed ‘through the green’.
The match was always close with both players hitting very long tee shots, for example Mairi was pin high in the fringe alongside the 6th green with her tee shot. After 7 holes the match was all-square and the winning scores level par. On the 8th Mairi was in a soggy bunker after 2 shots and Oscar was close to the green but a good recovery gave Mairi the hole to go 1 up. Oscar got back to level with a tidy par on the 10th but Mairi hit back with par on the 12th. Oscar hit a very long tee shot on 14th but pulled his second into the trees alongside the 11th green. After looking up into the trees all around him he hit a soaring shot onto the green, back to all square. Two good shots put Mairi onto the 15th green and a par won the hole to keep her slender lead. Oscar’s straighter tee shot won him the 17th so the match was all square playing the final hole and after 4 shots both players were 6 feet from the pin a few inches apart. Oscar had to putt first and his shot slipped past the hole and then Mairi sank her par putt to win one up.
Hugh Archibald said, “For the referee this was an impressive and enjoyable match to watch played in the best spirit of the game.”