Though the finale was not as tense as last October the tournament still went down to the last group, which reflects well on the handicapping and team selections. It looked like it was going to be a walk-over when Team Dog came into the clubhouse at lunch with a 6-2 lead. The two Team Dog debutants (S Sidhu and D Waite) putting in fine displays. The pick of the pairings was probably the ‘Sub-continent’ duo who inflicted S Tucker’s first defeat in the RRC and showed that golf isn’t exclusive to the western world.
After a much improved lunch Team Babs sent out their Big Guns early, gaining 3½ points from the first 4 matches. Stringer and Nathan, having played so well up until the singles, faced the Tuckers who were relentless. The 3rd match pitted two of the 100 percenters; Allkins vs Sidhu. Sidhu found himself 2 down after 5 holes while shooting a gross 2 over. This goes to show how well Allkins was striking the ball. He was the picture of efficiency all day and finished up with 3 points. The singles match of the day was between M Hill and T McLoughlin. McLoughlin stormed out of the blocks and was 2 up after 2. M Hill took advantage of the handicapping par-ing (gross) four-in-a-row leaving him 2 up with 3 to play. Hill then put it close on the 7th (winning the closest to pin comp.) only for McLoughlin to also hit the green and then sink his put for birdie. McLoughlin won the next making it all square going up the last. McLoughlin had an 8 footer for the game but it slipped past the right edge, and the match was halved; a fair result. This half-point halted the Team Babs juggernaut and from that moment Team Dog stepped up a gear and pushed for the finish line. J Waite (also with 3 points) beat D Hill. The surprise result of the singles came through shortly after with the irrepressible Ford dispensing of the serial point accumulator Dudman. This left Team Dog needing 1 point from the last two matches to win their first RRC. P McLoughlin and D Waite were all square, but T Slater, with fire in his blood and purpose in his step ruthlessly saw off his rival and compadre A Westbury. Slater found himself with 2 putts for a 4&3 victory on the 6th green; he used one. Slater finished the tournament with 3 points and the applause of his fellow golfers.