Mailer & Un­der­wood Vic­to­ri­ous in Cal­cutta Cup

HK Golfer - - Divots -

Played on the New Course at St. An­drews, Scot­land, (“the Home of Golf”), the Cal­cutta Cup is the Royal & An­cient Golf Club of St. An­drews’ sig­na­ture an­nual team event and is held dur­ing the Au­tumn Meet­ing of the R&A in Septem­ber. This year’s com­pe­ti­tion at­tracted a record 177 two-man teams for the gru­el­ing four­somes com­pe­ti­tion.

In a Hong Kong-dom­i­nated fi­nal that came down to the last putt on the 18th green, Jim Mailer and Chris Un­der­wood edged out John Ball and Tony Tay­lor by 1 Hole to win the pres­ti­gious al­ter­nate shot hand­i­capped tour­na­ment.

Mailer, Ball & Tay­lor are all mem­bers of the Hong Kong Golf Club, and Un­der­wood is a former res­i­dent of Hong Kong, where he was a mem­ber at Dis­cov­ery Bay Golf Club. By con­trast, four con­ti­nents and six na­tion­al­i­ties were rep­re­sented in the quar­ter­fi­nals stage of the tour­na­ment just one day be­fore.

Reach­ing the fi­nals re­quires the com­peti­tors to win seven con­sec­u­tive head-to-head con­tests, in­clud­ing five matches over a gru­el­ing three-day pe­riod lead­ing up to the fi­nal tilt. Al­though the phys­i­cally de­mand­ing tour­na­ment was played in a va­ri­ety of weather con­di­tions – sunny, rainy or cool – it was con­stantly windy.

In the fi­nal match, Mailer and Un­der­wood re­ceived 8 strokes from Ball and Tay­lor. In a titanic bat­tle, Ball and Tay­lor were 3-up at the turn, af­ter which Mailer and Un­der­wood clawed their way back into the match, cov­er­ing the last 6 holes in level par, in­clud­ing that nerve jan­gling putt on the last.

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