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3 Counties Winter Salva, 22nd March at Folke and Winter Knockout v Folke 23rd March.

3 Counties Winter Salva, 22nd March at Folke and Winter Knockout v Folke 23rd March.

If you judge success by carrying away trophies, then this weekend was not a success, but in many other ways it was. The four teams, Wincanton, Cannington, Long Sutton and Folke assembled at Folke for the final round of the Salva, Cannington making a day out of it with a mini bus. Before the captains could tee off, Skinny (Steve Henstridge, Folke Club Captain) had to retrieve his clubs, his team mates having helpfully sent them half way down the fairway – the start of the day's fun. Conditions were not easy in the strong wind and occasional golfball-sized hailstones, but everyone was glad just to be out playing golf again, never mind how, and the teasing and jokes were endless. Cannington were just 10 points behind Folke at the start of the day. Would they be able to make up the ground? As the scores came in it was Folke who were returning in the 30's, apart from poor Terry, who was ribbed mercilessly for his 16 points. (According to their website, they are still waiting for him to play his back 9.) After a roast dinner and apple pie and cream, the prizes were presented. Folke won on the day with 316 pts, but here is a success for Long Sutton, we were 2nd with 275 pts, then came 265 (Cannington) and 256 (Wincanton). Folke retained the Salva with 1142 overall. Cannington had 1082, Wincanton 1039 and Long Sutton 966. Sarah Uzzell won a box of balls with the most points at Cannington. Cannington had boxes of balls as Salva runners up and Folke wine and balls as the Salva winners. The end of a good day: golf and food in good company. Thank you to all our Salva players – on the day, Nigel Brighouse, Hilary and Malcolm Dennes, Angela and Dave Baker, Joce Dunevein, Eliza Vail, Michael Scoble, Steve Cousins, Ray Edwards and in previous rounds Jeff Price, Sam Clark, Tyler, Sean, Norman, Chris Binding, Sandra Ford, Mandy, Mary Marshall, Ann McRae, Graham Load, Alec Lyon, Phil Lock and Frank Pengelly.


The next day saw us at Wheathill to finally play the Knockout, postponed from January. The wind was as strong as ever, but no hailstones this time. It was invigorating playing better ball matchplay again and we put up a good fight, but Folke beat us 3 and 2 – Terry was dropped! They go on to play Wheathill B in the semi-finals. Thank you again to Sarah and Steve Uzzell, Nigel Brighouse and Mandy Head, Sean Monaghan and Tyler Lennox-Gordon, Sandra Ford and Rich Bartin and Ray. In all, 29 different players from all the sections came together during the winter rounds, with different levels of experience and levels of handicap. Thank you.


Looking forward, we start the Summer 3 Counties League -

Away Long Sutton at Folke Saturday 5th April 1.00 p.m.

Away Long Sutton at Charminster “ 10th May 11.00 a.m.

Away Long Sutton at Wincanton “ 24th May “

Away Long Sutton at Cannington “ 21st June “

Home Folke at Long Sutton “ 12th July 1.00 pm.

Home Cannington at Long Sutton “ 16th August “

Home Wincanton at Long Sutton “ 6th Sept. “

Home Charminster at Long Sutton “ 13th Sept. “


Sign up sheets will be on the noticeboards. We would love for you to play. Do put your name down for any you fancy. 4BBB matchplay. £12 match fee including meal. 6 pairs – 5 for the match and one towards the Joe Harring Cup, or contact me 01935 823912, 07850595771, mopsyedwards@yahoo.co.uk




Created: 26-Mar-14 11:11

3 Counties 8.3.14 - Winter Salva Wincanton Round 3

3 Counties 8.3.14 -  Winter Salva Wincanton Round 3

On the day … a telling phrase to a Team Captain!... we had quite a mixed team at Wincanton.  Our regulars were depleted but Angela and Dave, Sandra Ford and Sean were able to be there.  I felt I was leading lambs to slaughter when Mary Marshall and Ann McRae said they would play.  Was it wise when they would have to drop to 24 hcp and they didn't know the course?  Wincanton may be flat as a pancake, but the experience can be traumatic.  Oh well...  a straightforward format...ind. stableford, full hcp and 3 Counties is aimed at giving opportunities to more people, so I tempted them with no rain, no water, no ditches.  You can use electric trolleys. Both smiled at me and said, “I'll give it a go.”  Oh, you wicked woman Gill.  We had sunshine, yes, but an increasing cold wind, behind us one way but in our faces the other.  (How do you get that penetrating flight under the wind, so different to skulling it along the ground?)  Balls wouldn't stay on fairways, lost forever in the rough.  The pace got slower and slower.  One lady survived it, even had one of our better scores (27 pts) and is quite upbeat, but the other says she will never play there again!  Now I feel bad.

Then there's the men to thank...Phil Lock, Frank Pengelly, Alec Lyon, Graham Load and Norman.  I appreciate your bravery, as you had more idea about what to expect from the day.  Norman seemed laid back though, when I found him multi-fairwaying, enjoying the sunshine and a chance to be out.       Well done to Angela.  Our top scorer with 34 points.  I won't go into how wide the scores spread, but there were some interesting ones and gender counted for nothing in the end!  Credit to Jamie from Wincanton, playing off 5, who scored 41 pts.

We were last on the day and I hate to say we are last overall but the final round will be played at Folke on Saturday, 22nd March.  Maybe we can narrow the gap.

Our Winter Knockout round against Folke will be at Wheathill on Sunday, 23rd.  This has been postponed from January!  Spaces in the teams.  See the sheets in the corridor.


Created: 14-Mar-14 13:29

3 Counties Winter Salva at Orchardleigh – 26.1.14

3 Counties Winter Salva at Orchardleigh – 26.1.14

“You must be barking!” Peter said, as we finally started playing last Sunday. (It has been said before mind.)  Our team dwindled in the face of the conditions but in the end 39 out of a total 45 completed 18 holes.  Having waded to the first tee, Skinny said painting his hall and laying an oak floor suddenly seemed the more appealling option.  We made it a 2 tee start to try and speed things up but going up the 8th Skinny raised our hopes of a quick finish when he pointed out no-one was coming down the 1st – Perhaps those in front had stopped after 9?  I tried not to fantasise about hot chocolate and dry clothes - but then we saw players on the 10th.  Skinny went in to get dry cards and reported most had gone on.  James was still unsure, being wet right through, but then his mind was made up for him, when Geoff came through to the 1st . “You get on out there lad! None of our team have stopped.” “Oh no!” said James. “They'll fine me something awful if I'm the only one to stop!  I won't be able to afford it.”  So on we went.

Thank you to all the team, for turning out, apart from anything else.  You deserve a medal. Our score suffered from being low in numbers and we are now well behind. The next round is at Folke, on Sat. 1st February and the weather forecast...Awful!  Well there's a surprise.


Created: 03-Feb-14 17:35

3 Counties League – Report on Winter Salva at Cannington

3 Counties League – Report on Winter Salva at Cannington  

On Sunday, 1st December Long Sutton, Folke and Wincanton played the Cannington round of the Winter Salva.  A new feel on the day as Folke has a new Captain in Kev Down and Wincanton, in Pete Williams. Nearly fifty players assembled in the clubhouse, some more awake than others!  Coffee and breakfast downed, all teams finally present and correct, order of play sorted and teams posted on the board and we’re  off!  Plenty of advice…“You want to aim right of the green.  Don’t go left, that’s out of bounds”.  Oh, yes!!  “See that bunker on the right?  That’s the Captain’s bunker.”  Grrr!!

 We managed to muster 11 players out of a permitted 12, with a 10 best scores to count format.  The fun mounted as the groups returned – leg pulling all round as the individual scores are put up. “Get lost did you?  Christmas is coming you know!”  (This from my husband.  He obviously didn’t visit the OB and the Captain’s bunker), and “What happened to you then?”...banterspeak for “How come you scored so low?”/”I played well!” - endless recounting and suspense as the totals changed.

Thank you to all those who supported the club by playing and playing well enough to come out top on the day…301 points to us, 294 to Cannington, 293 to Folke and 274 to Wincanton. 

The team - Jeff Price, Norman Banfield, Steve Southgate, Rich Bartin, Henry Edwards, Nigel Brighouse, Ray Edwards, Tyler Lennox-Gordon, Sarah and Steve Uzzell and myself.  Hats off to Sarah Uzzell, who was the best player overall on the day, coming in with 38 points and never having played the course before.

 We are playing our home leg at Orchardleigh on Sunday, 26th January, so why not have a change?  Instead of booking in to Long Sutton for your Sunday morning round, sign the sheet in the corridor for Orchardleigh!  Do it now as an antidote to the January Sales. 12 players needed.  Full hcp stableford round, out as 4 balls, one from each club.  £12 match fee includes informal meal at the end, served on a rolling basis.   It will be a good day…Gill




Created: 12-Dec-13 15:51

Report & photos ~ Freeman Trophy…..Saturday, 12th October, 2013

3 Counties League.....Freeman Trophy…..Saturday, 12th October, 2013

All ten clubs in the Three Counties League played in the League’s end-of-season grand finale on Saturday, playing for the Freeman Trophy, making a total of 120 playing on the day. The main aim from start to finish is to have fun, but of course it is competitive as well, hence the barracking on the first tee, as the teams tee off. First tee is 8.00 and with the rain that morning, a gloomy start but the sun soon came out and it became a glorious day. At the meal in the evening it was announced that Cannington A were the winners, 249 pts, Long Sutton second, 245 pts and Folke third, 240 pts – a really close result. One of the Cannington players said afterwards how pleased they were to win. They come to have fun so to win was the icing on the cake for them. Even more surprising for them too, as the Trophy was initially awarded to Long Sutton, only for there to be a recount in true 3 Counties fashion and the Trophy was re-awarded in gales of laughter and even louder applause! A great evening. Further Long Sutton prizes were given to Angela Baker for the Individual Team Prize and the Ladies Prize and to Sarah Uzzell for the Longest Drive. Thankyou to Tommy and Steve Uzzell for acting as starters and thankyou to Alec Radwell for his putting competition, won by Chris Burt of Bullpits - £50 to charity and £50 to Chris.

The Season’s Trophies were awarded: Long Sutton Runners Up in the Winter Knockout to Folke. Folke won Div. 1, 110 points and Long Sutton Runners Up, 100 points. In Div. 2 Cannington A first, 85 and Charminster second, 83, meaning the teams in Division 1 next year will be Folke, Long Sutton, Wincanton, Cannington A and Charminster. Folke and Long Sutton joint winners of the Div. 1 Reserve Cup.

The draw for the Winter Knockout was made…Long Sutton have to play Folke by the end of January on a neutral course and the first round of the Winter Salva will be at Long Sutton in November. Dates to be arranged.

As ever, the Three Counties has been great fun this year. Big thanks to everyone at Long Sutton who work so hard to make the Long Sutton experience a good one and particular thanks to those who have played this year. I think the practice has helped…several of you have had big handicap cuts!

On my reckoning these are those who have played – myself, Ray, Henry, Rupert Edwards, Angela and Dave Baker, Sarah and Steve Uzzell, Gwen and Brian Clarke, Sylvie and Rod Taylor, Eliza Vail, Jean Padfield, Sam Clarke, Nigel Brighouse, Stacie Watts, Sandra Basford, Sandra Ford, Sean Monaghan, Norman, Hughie, John Drummond, Julian Lawrence and Odierno, Mandy, Joce, Steve Cousins, Michael Scoble, Sonia and Steve Banks, Bridget Caddy, Julie Taylor, Roger Stone, Hilary Dennes, Jim McColl, the Legend, Steve Stopforth, Luke Nutland…with handicaps ranging from 5 to 27, (when the maximum allowed is 24.) Apologies for anyone I have missed and thank you all again. Redoubled efforts next year!



Created: 16-Oct-13 16:58
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