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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

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
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