Ivinghoe golfers go on birdie rampage

Birdie brilliance: Barry Collett, Peter Kuempfel, Gary Janes and Dan Harvey with their amazing scorecard
Birdie brilliance: Barry Collett, Peter Kuempfel, Gary Janes and Dan Harvey with their amazing scorecard
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Every golfer has experienced days when absolutely nothing goes right. That is perhaps why we all so much savour those, far more elusive, days when nothing, simply nothing, can seemingly go wrong.

But few golfers will ever experience quite the same sense of having cracked it as two Ivinghoe golfers enjoyed this last weekend?

Playing together in a Pairs Match at home against the strong Tilsworth pairing of Dan Harvey, off six, and Barry Collett, off 10, Ivinghoe’s Gary Janes (14) and partner Peter Kuempfel (21), combined to deliver a victory neither of them will forget.

After nine holes, the Tilsworth pair found themselves three down, despite having achieved a better-ball Stableford score of 21 points, or three under.

As Barry Collett told us: “Dan and I were playing well, no doubt about it. We had four ‘net birdies’ in the first nine and only the one bogey, but those guys were still just blowing us away; they were playing some phenomenal golf between them. I’ve, honestly, never seen anything like it! We could only look on in awe really!”

Just how good is ‘phenomenal’? Well, judge for yourself.

Gary and Peter achieved a ‘better-ball’ net score of birdie, eagle, birdie, birdie, birdie, birdie, birdie, birdie… and par, on the first nine holes alone.

On the inward nine, even when the match itself was a foregone conclusion, the duo did not ease up, coming home with another stunning sequence of net eagle, par, birdie, birdie, birdie, birdie, birdie, birdie and par.

A delighted Gary Janes joked: “It’s just such a shame the ‘wheels all came off’ on the 18th! But, what a fantastic feeling to have experienced a round like that at least once in one’s life!

“Both Pete and I played out of our skin. We couldn’t miss a fairway between us if we tried and the holes seemed as big as dustbin lids.

“Everything dropped, it was unbelievable.”