Playing at the weekend in a unusual format - stableford matchplay in pairs.
Long story short, it was all square at the 17th Par 3 tee. Opposition teed off, first one carved left, OOB. Other guy steps up hits it in the drink, drops one there. My partner steps up hits one into the rough to the right of the green. I step up do the same, putting it into red staked water hazard (that was dried out) and surrounding trees.
We walk up, see a ball sitting in long grass where my partner's ball looked like it went. I thrash round in the hazard, eventually declare the ball lost, drop one at the line of entry and chip on, get down for a 5 and a point. My partner chips on, down for four and 2 points. The opposition blob and score a single point respectively.
Yippee, we've won the hole and go one up heading into the 18th. Hang on... partner realises he has played my ball, the one I declared lost. His score is discounted. We've halved the hole, it's a tense all square going into the 18th.
No it isn't says one of the opposition, your team made a mistake, therefore you forfeit the hole.
Getting a bit tense, no point in arguing, what's done is done I say, let's call it your victory, let's play the final hole.
Luckily, we win the hole in an undisputed and straightforward way, match finishes all square so it doesn't matter as a good golfing time has been had by all. Or not... one of the opposition appears to be smarting and makes very fast exit.
So my question is this - who won/lost/drew? And who really cares in what was supposed to be a fun game? Ok so there was a couple of quid on it but the stakes we play for are minimal and the winner buys the beer so if you win you lose (financially) and vice versa. I'm surprised we don't throw games sometimes.
Anyway, who was right?
PS: I've learnt something else from this. No matter how much fun you might think the game is, it's always cut-throat to someone so take everything seriously. The only problem is this rather takes the fun out of it... Any thoughts, advice, ideas?