The first of the 120 players in the Freeman Trophy Day arrived to tee off at 7.56, full of anticipation, only to find thick fog…a blue sky temptingly overhead, but barely the end of the path in sight. Forty minutes later the sun burst through, the smiles got broader, the clothes were brighter still and the day was off!
The whole day was a big success and thanks go to many. Tommy, thank you for making sense of our fluid start sheet. George, Roger and all the support staff, thank you for looking after us, from the bacon baps at the crack of dawn to the amazing evening meal. Thank you to Jonny and all the green keepers and helpers. Your hard work clearing the course and preparing everything so well certainly counted. It says a lot that even with a field of that size and a fog delay, the pace of play was steady, three teams were able to dovetail in off 16 and the evening proceedings still ran to time. Your greens were admired by all! Thank you to Amie Stamp, Sylvie Coache-Tucker and Carol and John Searl for running the putting competition and thank you to those who took part. In all 7 people progressively sank the longest putt. The winner was eventually Matt Styles from Bullpits. Darren Marshall, Cannington B, had 2nd prize. The Lady Captain’s charity, Parkinsons Uk, benefited to the sum of £58 and £58 was used for the prize money. Thank you Andrew for all your hard work and of course, thank you to Graham and Felicity. Thank you for your time and attention to detail, making sure the day runs as smoothly as possible and brings pleasure to as many people as possible. Those were all things we could govern. The weather we couldn’t, but after the fog had cleared, the sun shone, the hailstones and thunder passed us by…and visited Somerton instead!
At the end of the day, Long Sutton were awarded the Freeman Trophy - 258 pts. Yeovil were Runners Up - 253, Wincanton - 251, Wheathill B - 236, Bullpits - 230, Charminster - 225, Folke - 221, Cannington A - 204, Cannington B - 203, Wheathill A - 200.
In the individual prizes Long Sutton did well…The Best Man on the Day and Best in Long Sutton Team was Sam Clarke - 40 pts. He and Nigel Brighouse won the Presidents Cup, with combined 70 pts.
In the awards for the 2014 Trophies Long Sutton were Runners Up Div. 1, finishing second behind Wincanton and winners of the Joe Harring Trophy (Div. 1.)
The draw for the Winter Knockout was made in true FA style. Long Sutton will play Charminster on a neutral course before the end of November. The second round, if we get through, will be played by the end of December…this year, as one wag said! That was the end of the official proceedings and a signal for the champagne corks to start popping!
Look out for the sign up sheet in the corridor. We will be looking for a team of 10…5 pairs to play matchplay. Any combination of men, ladies and juniors, so…Everyone Welcome!