THE HEMISPHERE CUP
20th Hemisphere Cup – Praia De’l Rey, Portugal
May 30th – June 2nd, 2019
20th Anniversary Celebrations
To mark 20 years of a great global golf competition we headed to the west coast of Portugal. The Praia D’El Rey Golf Resort and Hotel would act as the venue for three nights and three rounds of golf.
With only one round a day, there was plenty of opportunity to relax after the round by the pool, in the bar, or to enjoy dinner at great local venues. As always though, some individuals enjoyed themselves too much and left something for us all to enjoy at breakfast.
The detailed match updates are included below for the two rounds on West Cliffs and the one on Praia D’El Rey.
The North came out eventual winners, but not before unprecedented scenes saw Pete hit Bronson with his golf buggy. A stewards enquiry found Pete to be at fault and he has been deducted 2 Handicap points that will be added to Bronson’s for the next Hemisphere Cup.
And we can’t leave without bringing up the fashion disaster of the 21st Century. With all the best intentions, Andy had looked to create an anniversary tie for those attending in Portugal. What was created can’t be described, as even pictures don’t present the full horror of the 20th Anniversary Tie.
The Match Summary
Round 1 – Fourballs (Thursday PM) – West Cliffs
With seven versus six, it was something of a hybrid system with two fourball matches, one singles match, and one 2v1 match.
Alex and Jan kicked things off in the singles where Alex came out a 5&3 winner.
Ollie and Ross then combined to take on Bronson in a very tight affair that ended up in a tie.
Tony and Alex then combined for the first time since Ballyliffin in 2007 to again come out winners 5&4 over Dave and Pete.
In the final match David and Brandon saw off Mike and Sarge 5&3.
A great start for the South to take a 2.5 – 1.5 lead.
Round 2 – Fourballs (Friday PM) – West Cliffs
The singles game kicked things off again and Mike ran out 5&3 winner over Brandon.
Pete and Sarge then had a great battle with Tony. Playing alternate holes (Pete odd, Sarge even) it went to the last hole where Sarge found the bunker allowing Tony to take the hole and tie the game.
In the first of the fourballs, Ollie and Dave Burns ran out 3&2 winners over David and Andy in the days big upset.
In the final game Jan and Bronson proved too strong for Ross and Alex coming out 3&2.
So North had taken the session to tie the overall match at 4 - 4.
Round 3 – Singles (Saturday PM) – Praia D’El Rey
It was a new course for the singles, and after a suitably large night on Friday there were a few sore heads on the first tee. Something of milestone was made when Pete was given a guard of honour for his 60th Match.
Match 1: Ross and Jan had a grand old tussle that ended in a half.
Match 2: Mike and Sarge went double team (Sarge could not be trusted with 18 holes on his own after his Friday night performance) and saw off Andrew 3&1
Match 3: In what was a very tight match between Pete and Bronson there was never much in it. However, Pete had taken a one hole lead when he ran Bronson over and the match was declared a tie. Something of a Hemisphere Cup first.
Match 4: Alex proved too strong for Tony coming out a 2&1 winner.
Match 5: Brandon looked Ollie in the eye and pulled his pants down with a 5&3 victory.
Match 6: Battle of the Dave’s. Having travelled so far it is always a challenge for David to keep going as jet lag kicks in as the match progresses, and it was the case as Dave B won 6&4 in the final game.
The North had taken the singles 4 – 2 and had retained the cup.
8 – 6 to the North
Something of an overseas specialist team after their victory at Pinnacle Point 10 years earlier the cup would be heading back North.
The Captains Cup
After a 9 year absence The Captains Cup was awarded to Tony for becoming the oldest player and contributing the triple of One win, One half and One draw.