The 2017 Golfbidder £500 Challenge with Rick Shiels and Peter Finch

Thomas Tanner
Apr 04, 2017
3 minutes

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Picking the clubs

After the rampant popularity of the first Golfbidder £500 Challenge Rick and Pete returned to Golfbidder HQ, with Rick keen on revenge after Pete's commanding victory at Burhill. The venue this time, Bearwood Lakes - and the match, very different!

Rick's bag Pete's bag
Driver Ping i15 Callaway Great Big Bertha Alpha
Fairway woods Titleist 980F
Hybrid / Utility irons Callaway Apex UT
Irons Nike VR Pro Mizuno MP-68.
Wedges Cleveland RTX 588 (50°) / Cleveland CU15 (58°) Mizuno MP-T5 (52°) Mizuno MP R-12 58°)
Putter Odyssey White Saber Tooth Yes! Tracy 2

The Round – The Rematch

The first tee at Bearwood Lakes calls for the driver from both players, yielding similarly satisfying reactions, starting the match play round with two fairways found. Pete left his approach shot marginally short, but the quality of strike filled him with optimism and excitement in his eyes. Rick had a short approach shot, calling for a full swing with his 58°, finishing long of the flag but carding a green in reg to start the round. An efficient chip left Pete with a gimmie par and Rick’s professional two-putt, after burning the edge of the hole with his 60ft putt, meant the scores were all square heading into the second.

Having repeated the high driver flight seen on the first hole, Pete drew his favourite weapon - the Titleist 980F which carried to the front edge of the long par five. Rick left himself a 50-yard chip for his third shot, resulting in a conceded birdie putt. To reply, Pete attacked the pin using his Mizuno MP R-12 and got up and down for his birdie as well.

The third hole saw the first error with Rick taking seven instead of six and ended up tugging his par putt left. Pete, 1-up.

This lead was short-lived after a with a perfect par from Rick, taking advantage of Pete’s missed green after both found the fairway.

The lead flip-flopped over the next few holes with Rick 1-up by the time they reached the turn.

The momentum was with Rick, and Pete has no answer as Rick won the next three holes. Although the match was slipping away, Pete’s opinion of his Golfbidder clubs remained unwavering.

Rick found the water on the next par-3 to give Pete a glimmer of hope; however the next hole marked the end for Pete with a half leaving him 3-down with 3-to play.

Rick and Pete stand at 1-1 after another dominant win, this time for Rick Shiels.