It did indeed! @notorious83 got off to a fast start in our match, going three up through three after playing the opening stretch in one under, including a near hole-out from 200 yards with hybrid on two. Over the next eleven holes, I couldn’t make any progress from three down; every time I won a hole, he charged back on the next. A well-timed stroke on 15 gave me the edge to crawl back to two down, but that didn’t stop him from pushing me to Dormie 2. He graciously conceded a putt to give me the win on 17 after neither of us played the hole well, and with a gallery watching on 18 I saved par and squared the match with a long putt after leaving my bunker shot on the front fringe.
We proceeded to the putting green for a sudden-death putting competition. @delaney served as our neutral arbiter selecting the hole. He chose a devious long putt from the back shelf snaking down toward a hole in front. I was feeling pretty good after leaving my opening putt eight feet short. But @notorious83 put everything to rest when he rolled in the putt of the day from 60 feet.
It was a fitting end to a well-contested match. @notorious83 was the more consistent player over the course of the day and deserved to move on to the next round. I’m just glad I kept it competitive. He’ll be a tough competitor going forward!