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3 Counties Winter Salver – 'Home Round' at Orchardleigh

3 Counties Winter Salver – 'Home Round' at Orchardleigh

Thank you to Graham and Peter for enabling our home round to be played at Orchardleigh, when there were fears  our part of Somerset would never dry out!  Once offered, we jumped at the chance to play such a beautiful, parkland course.  It is much appreciated.  There were some tired legs come the end, and we were more than ready for our roast pork.  Thank you to the team on the day, re-jigged at the last minute because of flu and back injury!

Steve Southgate, Richard Dore, Dick Bartin, Luke Nutland,  John Evans, John Drummond, Sam Clarke, Sean Monaghan, Sandra Ford, Sandra Basford, Ray and Gill Edwards.

Ray had our highest score on the day, 35 points, but he signed for 34, not noticing he had only been given 2 points for his 3 on the last par 3 hole.  Second on the day (on countback mind) was Sam with 33...but I am sure he has already had a Highest on the Day(?), which could bring the prize down to me!!   

If anyone would like to play in our last round on Saturday, 9th March at Cannington, please contact Gill on 01935 823912 or 07850595771.

Created: 05-Mar-13 11:53

3 Counties Report – Winter Salver at Folke - 23rd February, 2013

3 Counties Report – Winter Salver at Folke - 23rd February, 2013

If you knew the temperature was not going to rise much above freezing and that it would manage to snow from the moment you teed off, you would think twice about playing golf, let alone playing at Folke.  You can see from the picture just how exposed the course is.  What a cold wind.  Where are the rest of the team while Val tries to ignore the out-of-bounds farmyard on the left?  They've got sense.  They are hugging the wall until it's time to step out onto the tee!

Thank you to the team...Sam Clarke, Chris Binding, Hughie McGuire, Richard Dore, John Evans, Dave and Angela Baker, Sean Monaghan, Sandra Basford, Val Fraser, Ray Edwards and myself. 

We came in feeling quite privileged...we know spring is round the corner.  How?  We were able to play 18 holes and saw the ball rolling! 

Unfortunately, we came last on the day...Long Sutton 293, Wincanton 299, Cannington 302 and Folke 330.  You can see a pattern here...Wincanton and Folke top scorers on their home courses.

Our home round is next Sunday at Orchardleigh.   Should we all have extra adjustment shots, the men as well, to make up for not being on our home course?!

We had four scores in the thirties...Dave, our best, had a respectable 35 pts, Richard Dore 32 Angela 31 and I scraped 30. 

The Leaderboard now looks like this...

                                                            Folke           627

                                                            Wincanton   607

                                                            Long Sutton 584

                                                            Cannington  580

 If anyone is interested in playing next Sunday at Orchardleigh, please let me know.


01935 823912

Created: 25-Feb-13 11:15

3 Counties Winter Salver

3   C O U N T I E S

 Winter Salver at Wincanton, Sat. 16th February


REPORT  The Salver is played with one from each club going out as a 4 ball, 12 in the team, best 10 stableford cards the team total.  With the weather the way it has been,  this first round has been rearranged more times than...well, I won't say whose face! 

Cannington, Folke and Wincanton all arrived on time to start at 10...unfortunately, I still had 11.00 as the first tee on my sheet.  At 10.10 I got 'the call'.  Panic stations!  Lucky the road is dual carriageway.  Folke Captain had the mix sorted until we could get there and order was restored.  Apologies for having kept so many people waiting. 

The last piece of the jigsaw was at 11.30.  Just when thought we would  only have 11 in the team, Dick Barton arrived on time for the 11.00 start!  Glad he did, as he brought us in 34 points.

Totals so far – Wincanton 308 (Maxine had 40 points!)

                         Folke – 297

                         Long Sutton – 291

                         Cannington – 278

Thank you to all who played – a different mix as so many 'regulars' were unavailable...

Norman Banfield, Chris Binding, John Drummond (off his sick bed), Hughie McGuire,

Julian Odierno, Julian Lawrence, Luke Nutland, Sean Monaghan, Dick Barton, Sam Clarke, Ray Edwards and myself.

Dates – Saturday, 23rd February at Folke, 9.00 first tee

              Saturday, 3rd March, our round at Orchardleigh instead of Long Sutton, 11.30 first tee

              Saturday, 9th March at Cannington, 10.00 first tee

Please sign up if you are interested in playing.


Created: 22-Feb-13 15:41

3 Counties – Winter Knockout

3 Counties – Winter Knockout

Well done to the team who played at Wincanton on Saturday, 2nd February.  This was Long Sutton's first round of the Winter Knockout, playing against Bullpits, the game having been postponed from 19th January, because of the snow and moved from Folke to Wincanton because of the wet.  Even free-draining Wincanton was not immune from wet though.  “Take relief from casual water”, we were told.  “It goes right across the 2nd fairway” but no mention was made of the hollow which had turned into a pond 30yds long and 2 foot deep, still casual water and to top it all our opponent managed to spot his ball in it!  Still, the sun was shining and we were actually out playing golf at last. 

Moving swiftly past the reason why Ray and I were able to take the weight off our feet so soon, (and it wasn't so the men could watch the Rugby), we had a nerve-racking wait for the 4th pair to come in.  The score so far was 2, 1 to Long Sutton.  Their game was still very serious on the 18th,even needing the measuring of who should putt first, but Ben of Bullpits who won the Freeman Trophy Putting Competition the year before last, showed his metal and the score moved to 2 all.  Down to the last pairing...Sean Monaghan and Sandra Basford.  Would you believe it, they came up trumps, Sandra putting her drive on the green and sending Long Sutton through to the next round.  We wait for the result of the match between Yeovil and Folke on 16th January to find out who we play.

The team consisted of Steve Stopforth, Sam Clarke, Hilary and Malcolm Dennes, Angela and Dave Baker, Sean Monaghan and Sandra Basford and Gill and Ray Edwards.

Our next game is a Winter Salver round at Wincanton on Sunday, 17th February.  Please do sign the sheet in the corridor if you are interested in playing.


Created: 04-Feb-13 11:12

3 Counties - Freeman Trophy Day (2012).

3 Counties - Freeman Trophy Day (2012).

What a day! and what a build up to it.  The rain just kept coming and coming.  Hats off to Graham, Peter and all the greens staff for the work they did in keeping the course playable.  We arrived in gloomy drizzle at 7.00 and set out in rain at 8.00, thinking why have the weathermen got it wrong again, today of all days?  But the clouds did clear and the sun actually shone.  We had many thanks for a good day and Wheathill emailed to say how much they appreciated the effort everyone at Long Sutton had made, and commented on how well the course had held up.  So many people helped, but thanks to Tommy for arriving at the crack of dawn to start the teams off and to Norman for finishing off, to Andrew's team in the shop, to Management and the catering staff for their hard work, and to Alec for the putting.  Thanks also to those players who were able to stay and help, to Ian Chandler for his 'running', to Carole Davies for the whiteboard and to Sandra for the miracle of spreadsheets! 

The evening saw the dining room  filled with 120 golfers, all determined to have a good time, whatever the prize announcements might be and joshing rival teams.  The room was filled with laughter and banter.  The champagne corks popped, as Wincanton were announced as Div. 1 winners.  Long Sutton won the Runners up Trophy.  One box ticked...we didn't drop back, having moved up last year.  Now for the next aim...can we beat Wincanton?  Our second trophy was as Winners of the Div. 1 Reserve Cup.

Then, a total surprise...Long Sutton won the Freeman Trophy for the second year running.  Prizes to Steve Stopforth for our Best Team Score, Stacie Watts for Ladies Longest Drive and Sandra Ford for Ladies Nearest the Pin.

A draw was held between the putting comp. winners, for 2 people to share the £50 prize money.  Sorry Sandra...your name wasn't drawn.  The other £50 now goes into St. Margaret's Hopsice Funds.

Folke were Div. 2 winners (2012), with Wheathill B second.  This means next season, Div. 1 will consist of Wincanton, Long Sutton, Wheathill A, Wheathill B and Folke.  Tasty times!

Thank you to everyone who contributed during the year, in large or small measure.  Whatever we win, if we win, that's icing on the cake...the important thing is for as many people as possible to share in the fun trying...and we certainly try hard!

Thanks go to 42 people and apologies if I have missed anyone out...to Stacie Watts, Haydn Gibson, Cameron Barrett, Colin Barrett, Steve Stopforth, Sam Clarke, Sandra Basford, Sandra and Rob Ford, Nigel Brighouse, Angela and Dave Baker, Hilary and Malcolm Dennes, Chris Gingell, Sonia and Steve Banks, Pam Frith, George Ceely, Vanessa Hayes, Mark Healey, Connie Stolworthy, Sarah and Steve Uzzell, Franco Calendrini, Nick and Ruben Stacey, David Edwards, Gwen and Brian Clarke, Margaret Bennett, Pat and John Whitehead, Mandy and Malcolm Head, Norman Banfield, Jamie Brodie, Julian Odierno, Ray, Tim, Henry, Rupert Edwards, and many more who were 'willing, if needed.'

Watch out for further sign up sheets for 3 Counties matches.  Do please sign up.  The more the merrier.


Created: 29-Oct-12 19:33
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