Here's Ch 42- Part 2. Have fun-K&K
Without further ado, here we go:
The first hole was a 390 meter dogleg (curve) right par 4. Leila drove her ball 290 meters down the right side, cutting the dogleg and leaving a 100 meter second shot from a great angle for her partner (Doctor 4) to attack the pin which was back left and guarded by a bunker.
Doctor 4's tee shot hit heavy rough 190 meters off the tee. Jamie caught a fairway bunker 210 meters out. Doctor 2 went 160 meters and came to rest under a tree. (AN- That means Leila's and jamie's balls will be 'best balls' and played instead of Doctor 2's and Doctor 4's balls)
Yuri's tee shot sailed 150 meters into a lake. Kome's went 165 meters to the dead center of the fairway and was played next. Mar caught a left bunker 275 meters out and Kei's ball carried 310 meters to a spot just 80 meters shy of the green! It was 'hole high' (in direct line of the pin) and was used next also.
Doctor 4 tried a punch shot with a 7 iron which airmailed the green, leaving a third shot of 30 meters. Marlene used a sand iron to 'cozy' Kei's ball onto the green and roll it to within 16 feet of the pin (hole). Leila cut a spade mashie (8 iron) stiff to within 3 feet of the cup. (AN- 'cup', 'pin' and 'hole' are used interchangably although they mean the same thing- the place where you put the ball on the green!) Kei's putt broke severely right before it straightened out and dropped in for a birdie 3. Doctor 4's 3 footer for par was of course conceded. Kei/Mar/Kome/Yuri's team won the first hole 1 up.
The next four holes (2 to 5) were finished 'all square' leaving Kei's team still 1 up with 13 holes to play. By this time, one thing was very apparent. The longest drivers for each team were Jamie and Kei. The best short game (shots inside 100 meters of the green) players were Doctor 2 and Marlene. Doctor 4, Leila, Yuri and Kome were just along for the ride so to speak although most of them were good putters.
Everyone was enjoying the crisp, clear weather and sunny day to the fullest. (Artificially controlled/created weather but what the Hell!) The 'Unholy Four' were (of course) enthralled to not have to worry about: 'who's going to show up next?'; 'what's Ed up to now?'; who's in sick bay?' and a myriad of other daily problems they'd had to contend with since this mission had begun!
After some long but uninspiring tee shots (off the 6th tee), the two best were still a bit of a challenge. Jamie's shot had gone into the fairway but he'd carried it a tad too far and had a 'tight lie' for his next shot which had to clear a lake 150 meters wide to reach a green which sloped back towards the players and the water! The total distance to the pin was 210 meters. The two time lords and Leila had a brief discussion over who would tackle this shot (Jamie was ineligible since he had hit last). Doctor was a good short game player but he lacked the length to clear the water hazard. Doctor 4 had the length but lacked the skill to 'spin' (cause the ball to back up once it strikes the green) the ball and stop it before it rolled off the green and into the drink. The only choice left was Leila.
Selecting a 'cleek' she gripped down almost to the flex (tape wrapped around the bottom of the club shaft) and took a 'closed' (both feet aligned square to target) stance. Whipping the club back to shoulder height with the head of the club pointed skywards, she drove down with a good deal of force at the ground beneath her ball and carved a huge 'divot' (chunk of turf) as she struck the ball and ground driving through it. She cut off her follow through abruptly, hurling ball and divot low and fast. All aizu watched in awe as the ball easily cleared the lake and struck the flagstick causing the ball to drop softly down on the green and roll back only a few feet with little 'spin'. She was within 20 feet of the pin. Leila smiled and slid the wood back into her bag. (AN- All players are using gloves on one hand except for Leila and Kei who play barehanded.
Kei's shot had gone farther than Jamie's but had not found the fairway. Instead her ball was lying at the bottom of a deep bunker! Yuri's, Kome's and Mar's shots had all found water hence Kei's ball had to be played. This shot also had the lake to clear but from a different angle which brought the whole lake into play by 175 meters (to clear) instead of 150. Total distance to pin was 180 meters. No question as to who would play this shot. The only one with the skills necessary here was (who else?) Marlene!
Coolly, she selected a 3-iron! Kei urgently whispered to her partner. "A 3-iron from 180 outta a trap! Are you baka! You need a wood like a spoon or a cleek!" Marlene answered quietly. An iron gets the shot up quickly, Kei. A fairway wood won't clear the lip of the bunker. Trust me, Kei. I know oro I'm doing." Kei stepped back to watch with Yuri and Kome. "I can't look! Tell me when it's over!" whimpered Yuri, shutting her aizu tight. (AN- In bunkers or traps, you are not allowed to 'ground' your club meaning you cannot make sand contact until you execute the shot! You practice your swing before you go into the trap.) Mar stepped down into the bunker and opened the blade of her club (laid the club sideways above the sand so its face pointed up) to its fullest extent. Whipping it backwards until the shaft was parallel to her shoulders and back, Mar drove as hard as she could just below the middle of the ball, twisting the club at the very last second to 'square' (close the face so it is aligned with the target) which sent the ball flying high and long. It easily cleared the water and struck the back of the green. The slope and spin combined to pull the ball back towards the pin fast with a lot of spin. When it stopped, the ball was a mere 5 feet away from the pin on a gentle upslope ideal for putting.
The teams' best putters were Doctor 4 and Kome. Doctor 4 was the first to putt. He 'read' (determine the way the ball will roll based on the curvature of the green, the grass, etc.) the green perfectly, however, he incorrectly judged the speed of the green and his 'lag' stopped 10 feet short of the pin! That left either the other time lord, Jamie or Leila with a tough par putt. Doctor 2 missed their par putt by a foot. Kome was advised not to 'read' too much 'break' (the way the ball will roll) into her putt but rather to concentrate on the speed of the green. Needless to say, she holed out for a 'birdie' 3. The one footer was conceded and Kei's team won the hole- 2- up with 12 holes to go.
The next two holes (7 and 8) were completed 'all square' with 'birdies' by both teams. The overall score still left Kei's team up by 2 holes with 10 to play when they reached the ninth tee. "It looks like a bitch!" whispered Kei to her teammates. "Only 129 meters, Kei, but the first 115 are across water to a tight 'island green' (a green only approachable by a narrow spit of land from the teeing area) which slopes right to left. Don't play to the pin. That's a 'sucker' pin (when the hole looks easy to reach and tempts a player to hit right at the flag). Play to the center right of the pin. Anything on the green is an easy 3 so we'll settle for par on this one, OK?" asked Marlene. Kei nodded apprehensively. "Oro club, Mar?" she asked. Mar grinned. "With your length- this one." She handed Kei the pitching wedge (used from 120 meters and in towards the green). Yuri, Jamie and Leila had already found the water with their tee shots so Kome and the two time lords had headed for the 'drop area' (on water holes, a spot to hit third shots from to the green; usually easier than the teeing ground) to hit their thirds.
After the 6th hole, only two players from each team teed off on each hole. Jamie and Leila/Kei and Yuri were the designated hitters so to speak. (AN- There is a one stroke penalty assessed on each shot into a water hazard.) Komey and Doctor 2 both hit the green this time but left super long 'bogey' (one over par) putts for 4. Doctor 4 had again found the drink so he and Leila were out for this hole. Kei teed up and took a 'closed' stance. Swiftly, she brought the club back to shoulder height. Pausing a second, she drove down easily, striking the ball and sweeping it skywards towards the 'fat' (safe area away from pin and hazards) of the green. It struck softly on the right side of the green and slid quietly to the left before gently stopping 15 feet from the pin! Advantage to Kei's team- two putts for par and another hole! Jamies's and Kei's balls were to be used. Leila went first, stroking her putt too hard and shooting the ball 20 feet past the cup. Mar stroked Kei's ball gently and tried to 'lag' it to the 'magic circle' (3 feet from the cup). Instead her putt was true and the ball dropped in for a 'birdie' 2. 3- up with the 'back nine' (holes 10 to 18 which are usually tougher than the 'front nine' were.) to go for Kei's team. The 20 footer had again come up 6 feet short so the 'double bogey' 5 was conceded.
Continued in Ch 42 Part 3.