Takes 7-5 Lead Into Day 3
By: Datzit Indaruf, Flem Cup Correspondent
MYRTLE BEACH, Nov 3, 2001 – Facing a 1-1/2 point deficit, Team England came out firing on all cylinders today, losing only a single 4 ball match in a dominating win that gave them a 7-5 lead going into Day 3 at Marsh Harbor.
The first match out, pitting Pat and Lou against Dave and Ray, gave the Americans their only match win of the day, a solid 4&3 victory that gave the Americans a 4-3/4 to 2-1/4 point lead that would soon evaporate in the brilliant Myrtle Beach sunshine.
In the second match, Jack Sr. and Terry faced Ian and Swampy in a match that stood tied after 11. Two net birdies by Swampy and a net eagle by Ian over the next five holes gave England all the ammo it needed in the 3&2 win.
The third match of the day featured Greg and Phil taking on the Tanis brothers, Jack and Chris. With England 3 up after 8, the Americans stormed back with three straight wins to level the match but England wins on 13 and 14 would give them a lead they would not relinquish. In the end, Phil’s clutch net birdie on 18 would secure the 2 up win in style.
The final match could only be described as a lopsided beat down as Brits Joe and Milo methodically took apart American Captain Dow and young Matt. Trailing right from the 1st, the Yanks were so thoroughly outclassed that their combined Stableford score of a pathetic 28 was a full 7 points shy of Milo’s solo score of 35 in the 5&4 arse-whuppin’.
Licking their wounds, the American side hoped for a better afternoon result but things would get worse – much worse. The 8th hole in particular would prove a graveyard for any hopes the Yanks might have had with two matches ending there and all four ending with a loss on American cards.
Only one match ended in a halve, the other three going England’s way, and by the time the final group was coming up the 9th fairway in the dusk, American hopes for an afternoon comeback were in ashes.
With only tomorrow’s 4 ball matches at Marsh Harbor and Monday’s 2 ball matches at the Heritage Club remaining, a total of 12 matches, England stands only 5-1/2 points short of outright victory while the Americans need 7-1/2 to win. The one thing that is for sure at this point is that the Yanks will need to make up some ground tomorrow or they will face a monumental task come Monday.