Eight (so called) golfers met at Munich Airport on a beautiful Wednesday afternoon ready for battle to commence for the Myles Robinson Bell Tower Trophy (strokeplay) & the Monticello Shield (matchplay). A 2 hour drive to the Bad Griesbach resort and the competition was on. 5 rounds would be played over the coming days, with 4 accounting for the strokeplay and all 5 accounting for the matchplay.
Handicaps ranged from 8 to 22 but everyone had moments of madness and glimpses of brilliance! It was a close affair throughout with Poole & Santa leading after round 1 at the hilly Brunnwies. The double header of the Mercedes-Benz & Beckenbauer on the Friday nearly ended the tour short for one tourist, who was suffering with a rather good hangover and melted in the 36C German sun! It brought back memories of Myles during the final round in Bordeaux 09 where he was so hot he did the 1.5hr drive back to the villa in nothing but his boxers! It would be rude not to mention, as well, the misery of another tourist who shall remain nameless – he lost 16 balls in the afternoon round! Safe to say the tricky Beckenbauer course measuring a long 7150yds and with water on all but one of the holes got the better of him, really felt for you Ross (whoops)!
The weather turned on the Saturday from a sunny 36c to 15c wet and thundery conditions. After umbrellas were purchased (Crumpy paid a few euros for the course marshall’s brolly, Pritch found an old one disgarded!) the intrepid eight teed off in awful conditions. Bates had a round to forget with the conditions getting the better of him! Others fared similarly with no one playing to their handicap on a hilly Uttlau course. Going into the final round Pritchard held the lead from Santa by 2, with Santa & Crump vying for the matchplay shield. Only 18 holes at Lederbach remained.
Sunday morning arrived, with a number of sore heads from the previous night’s antics in the town of Passau. A huge lunch sorted the majority out, with only Tuna still in a rather bad place! The final rounds paired Crump & Barden v Bates & Teare and the huge match of Tunnicliffe & Poole v Santa & Pritchard.
Both matches proved to be absolute belters. Crump creating tour history when on the 180 par 3 2nd hole hit a delightful tee shot onto the green. With the green raised, none of the players could see that the ball had dropped in the hole for a first Alumni hole in one!! The match lost some momentum in the middle stretch, until Bates announced that he was catching Crump up and may not be the winner of the wooden spoon after all!
The other match had Santa & Pritchard up throughout, it was an interesting pairing as neither cheered their partner’s success too much, as they both had one eye on the coveted Bell Tower Trophy. Santa wrapped up the Monticello Shield on the 16th hole when they went dormi (media reports had circulated that Crump had bottled his match against the inform Teare & Bates pairing). Tunnicliffe & Poole although out of contention in the strokeplay, had 2 holes to save face and take an unlikely half from an enthralling match. Poole holed a very good putt on the long par 5 17th and then again on the 18th to half the match. A great way to end a fantastic battle!
Santa had taken back the lead and held his nerve on the final few holes after a brief rally from Pritchard to take the double, the Myles Robinson Bell Tower Trophy and the Monticello Shield were on their way back to Dubai!
Bavaria can now be added to the Alumni history books. It was a fantastic week as always, Myles would have loved it & I am sure laughed from up above when Poole 3 putted, Pritchard duffed it & Tunnicliffe sliced it! Bring on 2012, with Dubai the preferred destination (get planning Champ!)
Myles Robinson Bell Tower Trophy 2011 Winner – Harry Santa-Olalla
Monticello Shield 2011 Winner – Harry Santa-Olalla
Wooden Spoon 2011 Winner – Tim Bates!
Report by Nick Pritchard