The lost Moore Place tapes July 26, 2013Posted by golfbattles in Battles.
Golfbattles fans – apologies for the lack of updates here. It’s been a little over 7 years that we’ve kept you hanging on. Yes, in the now infamous Battle of the Bulge post you were treated to a scintillating write up of a classic golf battle in which Leon won out over Dan. But we left you with the following cliff-hanger …
The day after another battle was fought. Hopefully Dan should be able to provide a write-up of that soon.
By “soon” we meant “in 7 years” and by “Dan”, we meant “Leon”. Dan has been trying to write it up. For 7 long years he’s been hunched over a notepad trying to put into words that glorious battle o’ golf. But he has failed. Writers’ block has won. And it’s been left to me to write it up. Here goes…
Legend speaks of Moore place golf club. The tricky über-short first over water. The slicers’ paradise that is the second. Legend speaks of it … but these days golfers rarely do. Somehow I get the feeling it was closed for years. But it was very much open on 22nd June 2006. It was the day after the Battle of the Bulge, where Dan had taken an unfortunate pasting at the hands of Leon. He was shaken, because back in those days he was the far more practised golfer. He spent a lot of time playing and practising. So the defeat the day before was weighing heavy on his psyche. Would Moore be the place for all that to change? …
The first is about as short as they get. Can’t be more than about 80 yards. And, yes, there’s a pond in front of it…. but this is an easy hole. Leon notched up an easy par whilst Dan somehow managed to make a 5. Was the Bulge about to repeat….?
They call it the slicers’ paradise – it’s a wicked dogleg round to the right which perfectly suited Leon’s choice of club at the time – the infamous “bendy stick“. This was an old-school laminate 3 wood (actual wood) with a flexi graphite shaft. A club devised by an evil genius. It was known to create a devilish slice and should have been perfect for this hole. So when Leon contrived to make a 6 here, it signalled the death knoll for the round…
Trying to wrestle away the demons unleashed by the disaster with the bendy stick on the previous hole, Leon somehow never managed to recover. He was doomed to spend the rest of the round hacking from one side of the course to the other, cursing his luck on the second. Dan, on the other hand, knuckled down, got 4 pars in a row and never looked back.
In hindsight, it could have been considered an easy victory. But there was a moment there. A real moment. Back there on the first. When Leon made par and Dan double bogied … when it all looked in doubt.
The final scores:
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Results of a recent 4 way battle at Coombe Wood. STAY TUNED!