8-1/2 to 7-1/2 Score Makes It Anyone’s Match
By: Datzit Indaruf, Flem Cup Correspondent
MYRTLE BEACH, Nov 4, 2001 – With two wins and a halve, Team U.S. earned a controversial win on Day 3 to draw to within a single point of Team England as the two teams head to the final day’s 2 ball matches at The Heritage Club. The controversy, of course, surrounds allegations by Team England Captain Ian Jennings that American Captain Dow hired local women to ply Jennings’ celebrating team with a variety of shots the previous night in BummZ. Although Dow has denied those allegations, recent evidence seems to be supporting Jennings’ version.
In golf action, the competitive corker of the day was the first match out, pitting the two Captains against each other along with low handicappers Terry Neal and Joe Brook. Three times the England duo would grab a 1 up lead on the front only to lose it on the next hole. On 13, a miraculous shot by Dow gave the Americans their first lead but it, too, was short-lived when Joe won the next hole.
On 16, Terry’s 30 foot birdie putt was topped by Ian’s 25 foot birdie net eagle putt to send England back to 1 up. On 17, with Dow facing a 3 footer for par, Jennings once again came through with a 25 foot par putt for the halve, sending England to 18 dormie. There, Terry took things into his own hands by sticking his second shot to about 1 foot, a kick-in birdie that was conceded to end the match, all square.
The second match out featured the Jacks, Jr. and Sr., taking on Greg and Dave, two of the most heavily suffering Brits from the previous night’s activities. The Yanks quickly broke on top and never looked back, finishing with a 3&2 win.
In the third match, Pat and Chris faced off against Milo and Phil, who are quickly gaining a reputation as a feared pair. Like his heroics the previous day at Prestwick, Phil came through in a tight match with a par on the last hole to seal the hard-fought 2&1 win.
The final match had young Matt, anxious for redemption after Prestwick, and Lou facing off against Swampy, another heavily suffering Brit and Ray. Once again, the Yanks jumped on top early and never looked back. A late rally cut the American’s lead to 1 up after 16 but as Swampy would say later, it was a case of too little too late, and when young Matt parred 17, the match was over, 2&1.
In making up 1 crucial point, the American side positioned itself perfectly to utilize the advantage of setting the 2 ball matches. Last year, Captain Dow nearly parlayed that advantage into a remarkable comeback, thwarted only by Jennings’ failure at The Dunes. Now, one year later, the stage has been set for a more manageable comeback. With the Cup score standing at 8-1/2 to 7-1/2, England needs only 4 points to carry the Cup back home to Spinkhill while the Americans need 4-1/2 points just to send the Cup to a playoff. If the Cup does end up tied, it will be settled with a unique and pressure-packed sudden death match play chipping / putting contest that will play out on the massive and hugely undulating putting green at The Heritage Club.