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3 Counties match Away v Wheathill A – 11.5.13

3 Counties match Away v Wheathill A – 11.5.13

Mandy, Sylvie and Rod did not know what they were letting themselves in for when they agreed to play in 3 Counties for the first time.  Order emerges from chaos...eventually.  The cards were a mess, what with two different layouts and the wrong adjustment shots allocated first time round and then to cap it all, the heavens opened.  Cards written in ink...fill in the blanks!  This was the first match of the Summer League.    Summer mind.  Why then were we all huddled into Wheathill's starter hut in full waterproofs and winter underarmour.   Very friendly!  

I witnessed Karma that day.  When Ray last played 3 Counties at Wheathill he upset the opposition by playing out of his socks.  He and Sandra Basford won by miles.  “Bandit” was shouted from the roof tops, but he couldn't do it again for us. We came up against a Wheathill player, who a fortnight ago was thinking of selling his clubs but on Saturday he turned the corner – he parred the first 5 holes and couldn't do a thing wrong.  It happens.  We lost one other game but won the remaining three, giving us the winning match points...14 points in total.  Our reserve pair lost on the 18th.

Thank you to all the team, Stacie Watts, Sam Clarke, Angela and Dave Baker, Sean Monaghan, Sandra Basford, Nigel Brighouse, Mandy Head and Sylvie and Rod Tucker. 

Our next match is Away at Folke on Saturday, 1st June.  First tee 1.00 p.m.  Anyone interested in playing please sign the sheet in the corridor.  You will be sure of a good time.

Gill

   

Created: 21-May-13 11:33

Diary dates for 2013 3CL matches

Now a fresh start. League...these are the dates for your Diary.

 

Saturday, 11th May, Away to Wheathill A

Saturday, 1st June, Away to Folke

Saturday, 29th June, Away to Wheathill B

Saturday, 13th July, Away to Wincanton

Saturday, 17th August, Home to Wheathill B

Saturday, 31st August, Home to Wheathill

Saturday, 7th September, Home to Folke

Saturday, 14th September, Home to Wincanton

 

All Welcome. Please sign up on noticeboard lists

Gill

Created: 02-Apr-13 18:07

3 Counties Winter Knockout Final v Wincanton – 30.3.13 at Wheathill

3 Counties

Winter Knockout Final – 30.3.13 at Wheathill

Do you want the bad news first?  Long Sutton did not win Gold, but we did win Silver!  Second in the Final: a vast improvement on the year before when we didn't get off the starting blocks in the first round, but still hard not to be disappointed.  Your own game is burned on your mind, with all the ‘what ifs’ but there are 5 matches out there, all fighting their own battles.  It’s like watching the lottery draw…who knows what the luck will be.  We all teed off hoping that today would be the day when the ball would work for us and luck would be on our side but 18 holes is a long way.  Nobody goes out to play badly...it's mortifying when shots simply won't work. The pressure produced good golf on both sides, as well as mistakes. 

Matchplay is a battle of nerves and tactics.  The pressure see-saws from person to person, shot by shot and Luck is a fickle Lady.  It's a test when your partner plays a hockey shot off the first tee (smile encouragement indeed!)  We were still looking good until Liam putted in from off the green.  I grit my teeth and tell myself it's not a good sign to win the first hole, but hole 2, hockey still in evidence!  At least my putting holds up to the pressure this time but on the 3rd, I am left with the memory of my leaving the putt sitting on the edge to halve the hole.  I hear “Oh Gill”, and again on the next pressure putt “Oh Gill”.  I remember Andrew's matchplay advice.  He's not going to rattle me I think.  Stay calm, but it's a long time to wait.  We are 5 down on 10, despite Ray’s fine 4 nett 3 on 6.    Finally, the tide turned.  My drive on 11 went straight as a die to the pin.  I turned away.  “It's going in” they said.  I looked back and it was 2 foot short of the hole.  When will I do that again?  Not in a long while.  “You can have that or do you want to putt it for the birdie?”  Silly question!  “I’ll take it thanks”.  The 13th is the dreaded Oak tree in the Middle of the Fairway hole.  I am 5 foot (well, nearly) playing with 3 men, including Liam, 6 foot plus, off 12, and Andy off 13, and joy of joy, it's me who ends up being 4 nett 3 on the green”...”Your hole”, said Liam, picking up his marker.  One to relish!   Ray used his hockey tactics again on 14...it doesn't matter how you get over the ditch... to win the par 4, 4 nett 3.  We are now 1 down and they wished they’d made me putt the 2 footer.  Ray’s hockey shot cleared the ditch on 15 and put the pressure on them to make the slithery downhill putt...and they did.  Par 3 halved in 3.  I may have missed some short putts but I sank the 12 foot putt on the 17th to make us all square going up 18.  I am safe, Ray long, Liam bunkered and Andy centre of green.  I made the return putt for 4…I want to point out pressure putt and with an audience, but Andy held his nerve and made the 3 to win.  There you have it.  A fight to the last putt.  Unfortunately for us, on the 18th Lady Luck (or skill) was with Dave, in Nick and Sam's game...Dave was plugged in the bunker guarding the pin.  Both Nick and Sam were safe, but Dave powered it out and won the hole.  Nothing you can do against that.  These are the things we need to remember and meld with the disappointment in losing.  This will make us fiercer opponents next year. Val and Sean won their match.  I know you shouldn’t dwell on What if, but I can’t resist.  “What if we had won those two on the 18th?”  It could have been another story.  

Grateful thanks to all who played...Nick and Sam, Angela and Dave, Nigel and Sandra, Ray and our sole winners on the day, Val and Sean and thanks to all who contributed through the difficult winter.

 

Now a fresh start.  League...these are the dates for your Diary.

 

Saturday, 11th May, Away to Wheathill A

Saturday, 1st June, Away to Folke

Saturday, 29th June, Away to Wheathill B

Saturday, 13th July, Away to Wincanton

Saturday, 17th August, Home to Wheathill B

Saturday, 31st August, Home to Wheathill

Saturday, 7th September, Home to Folke

Saturday, 14th September, Home to Wincanton

 

All welcome!                                   Gill

Created: 02-Apr-13 18:05

3 Counties-Winter Knockout-Semi-Final

Long Sutton v Yeovil - 23rd March, 2013

The weather is still bedevilling us.  You wouldn't expect snow to close a course this time of year but it closed Charminster last weekend, which meant the semi-final had to be postponed to Wincanton this, so back to the drawing board for a team, with sickness around and bad weather looming.  Such is the determination of some of our players though.  Can you believe Angela was actually miffed when I suggested she missed this game, post-flu and freezing weather.  I would try and draught in some big, burly men to deal with the Wincanton Wet!  She got her way in the end though as I had gaps in the big, burly contingency and Angela is definitely a fighter...thank you to Malcom Dennes, Nick Stacey, Ray Edwards, Dave Baker, Nigel Brighouse and Sam Clarke, who took up the mantle of big, burly men!  I am grateful to you.

As expected, there was an unrelenting east wind blowing, cutting through your 'thermals'.  Outer Mongolia.  Hands so cold, you couldn't feel your club.  That may have been why Sandra Basford's ball nearly took me out on the second hole...(Hey, I'm on your side!), but it was good to see she was hitting a long ball!  One of our opposition, Charlie (Chipper), nearly took me out twice as well, with his sideways tee shot, but credit where credit's due, his chipping was spot on.  He kept putting it 3 foot from the pin from wherever and then did what you know you should do, but don't always...sank the putt... even more irritating.  We weren't the only ones out braving the elements.  Credit too to the Wincanton members.  They play qualifiers all year round and were out playing their Saturday Stableford in this Arctic cold.  A tough lot.

Pair one came in, Malcolm Dennes with Nick Stacey.  Those agonising moments, trying to tell from body language and in the end, desperately asking ...Did you win?   Yes.  Wow!  Pair 2, Sandra Ford with Sam Clarke... also winners...Sam's face struggling to stay straight, then bursting into a big grin,   Sandra making a 2 spot as well.  I was so pleased for them all.  Hadn't dared hope for top end wins.   Now all waiting on the last two pairs.  No offence, but I wasn't hopeful judging from glimpses out on the course.  In came Angela, bristling, Boudicca, electricity firing off her, her hair standing on end.  Body language...very cross! They had fought back but lost on the 17th and she had never been so cold!  That just left Nigel Brighouse and Sandra Basford.  I didn't dare go and watch in case it put them off.  Oh, the tension as they came in, and yes, they had won...True matchplay...Nigel said he had played well to start with and had then gone off and Sandra had had to dig deep, winning on the last hole.  I kept pinching myself.  We have won haven't we?  3 and 2.  I really wanted to dance a jig and hug them all.  What troopers.

Now we are in the Final, playing against Wincanton...they of the Winter Qualifiers in All Weathers!Bring it on.  We're up for it.  We've enjoyed the excitement so far and we'll enjoy the end, whatever.

The date is Saturday, 30th March at Wheathill.  First tee 10.30.

Any volounteers for the team please contact me on 07850595771 or sign the sheet on the club noticeboard.

Thanks

Gill

Created: 25-Mar-13 12:16

3 Counties – Final round of Winter Salver – Cannington, Saturday, 9th March.

3 Counties – Final round of Winter Salver – Cannington, Saturday, 9th March.

The 3 Counties certainly keeps you on your toes...take nothing for granted!  The gods are playing with us.

Friday found me possibly two players short of the twelve needed for the last Winter Salver  at Cannington, but fate intervened...Richard Bartin, arriving for rollup, said “Yes”, so one slot filled!  Text from the last man.  ”Sorry, can't play,” so still one short.  Unfortunately, then had to dash to Taunton...family crisis...and couldn't get back to phones and computer until mid-evening.  “What's this?” I muttered, when I logged on to emails.  It looked as if I had booked myself a tee time at Long Sutton mid-day on Saturday and Jean Padfield had asked to join me!  “I know my brain's going soft, but how did I do that?”  Even more confusing, I could see Ray's name in the time above.  “Have we fallen out?  What's going on?”  It turned out to be Ray's fault (of course!) but I don't think even he knows how he managed to get  two tee times booked for Saturday, when he thought he was asking for two tee times on Mark Royal Day...aka MR DAY as typed by himself.  It all worked out though...I rang Jean to apologise and she agreed to fill the last slot!  All part of that cosmic plan.

On the day, cards all done.  Team all present and correct.  All organised I thought as I rushed to the first tee...Captains out first this round.  A lot of talking and fidgeting going on.  I assumed this was because I was last to the tee...no I didn't say late, just last...but when I got there I was told  “The red and yellow tees are on boxes, the whites are out on the proper tees, so better the ladies go off the whites as well.”  “Pardon?!”  I couldn't believe my ears.  Geoff had said the whites would be back on grass for us.  Poor man forgot to say it was a mixed competition.  More arguing when I was told...”And play off the white card”.  “Well, we didn't.  We played off the red, with our adjustment shots and that was hard enough.  Once playing though, I appreciated what they were saying.  The tee boxes were moved out of the way in a lot of places and wouldn't have been good, but it certainly felt hard to compete.  We had five ladies playing, whereas Wincanton only had one and Folke and Cannington none.  In addition, two of our ladies are outside of the 24 max. handicap...not usually a problem...off red tees.

It was a shame in that it spoilt some people's games, but it raised others, and come the end, the fun took over, as it always does.  Everyone was watching the scores as they were posted, trying to get clues from body language: jeers and cheers.  All good fun.  Their 'Fine a Friend' for charity had everyone laughing, misdemeanours ranging from a captain wearing a shirt that looked like a deck chair, to our being 'late' for the Wincanton round, an air shot on the first tee and clubs being thrown further than the ball.

Then, the serious business.  Before play, the positions were Folke first, 42 points clear of Wincanton.  We were third, 12 points behind Wincanton, and 2 points ahead of Cannington.

The results on the day were Cannington first, 323,  Folke 304,  Long Sutton 294, Wincanton 270, giving  the final results Folke 1235, LONG SUTTON 1183, Cannington 1181, Wincanton 1171.

Especially well done Long Sutton...2nd by 2 points.  I'll take that.  Good battling and thank you to the gods!  Richard Bartin was our top scorer again with 33, then Steve, Sam, Sandra and Jean, all with 32,  Nigel Brighouse 30, myself 29,  and so on.  Good scores, all things considered, on a course I would  enjoy playing again...off the reds.

Thank you again to all who contributed to the four rounds – Chris Binding, Norman Banfield, Hughie McGuire, Julian Lawrence, Julian Odierno, John Drummond, John Evans, Luke Nutland, Richard Dore, Richard Bartin, Stephen Southgate, Sean Monaghan, Sam Clarke, Steve Stopforth, Sandra Basford, Dave and Angela Baker, Hilary and Malcolm Dennes, Sandra Ford, Nigel Brighouse, Val Fraser, Jean Padfield, Ray and myself.                     Gill

Created: 11-Mar-13 11:19
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