3 Counties match v Yeovil at home Saturday, 5th September.
Here’s another nice mess I got you into!...Confusion reigns in 3 Counties match once it is realised the teams are playing off the wrong shots. It would have made a good film. Myself (away) asking Sandra to Captain what we want to be a smooth match against Yeovil, as both of us have previously sent our teams out in the wrong aggregate order. I did it at Yeovil and Yeovil did it to Wincanton. This time we would get it right, or would we? We managed to struggle over the usual hurdles as far as getting a team together at all goes, finally filling the last slot Friday evening and even avoided the pitfall of a change from the usual tee time, but then Sandra asks “Is it full hcp?” As we have been talking about the playing order and aggregate, I think she means do we use actual hcps or full hcps to work out the aggregate, so I say “Full hcp. I only go into actual hcps when two pairs are on the same aggregate. Angela and David and Richard and Angela Body are both 38 this week, so I worked out the aggregate with the actual hcps to see which is the lower.” No! Can you hear the alarm bells? She was meaning Full hcp difference! The wagon has started to roll out of control down the hill!! Will someone stop it in time?
On the day, Mark, Yeovil Captain, has put himself out last as he might be late and has Roger as Acting Captain. Sandra has the cards all ready and she and Roger fill them in. Mark (Yeovil Captain) has arrived but leaves things to Roger. Oh dear, the tension mounts. Roger and Sandra check that the aggregates are right (yes) and in order (yes) and the shots (?yes?). All looks well and the cards are handed out. Sighs of relief from Sandra and Roger and play starts. Ray and Carole are out first and Mark last. What amazed me was that no-one queried their shot allocation before play. There’s always someone. I hand you your card. You look at it, purse your lips and frown and then ask for an explanation. Why not today? I suppose you know when it’s me you need to check my maths and actually, this time, it was a good number of shots! Even so…the low handicappers and experienced players, giving away all those shots? Eventually, in the course of the match, Mark realises the mistake and tries to make people change. It can’t have helped his game trying to catch people on different holes. Sandra and Ann have barely started so not a problem for them, but Ray and Carole are on the last holes. Uproar in the clubhouse as everyone comes in...I can only imagine! I am still not sure who played off full and who off ¾ and who, like Ray and Carole had their card changed from one to the other, but at the end of the day the Captains reached an agreement and the sheets were signed off. The match was halved giving 11 points to Yeovil and 8 points to Long Sutton, bringing us up from second to first in the division at the moment. I can only apologise and am sorry the wagon trundled headlong all the way to the bottom of the ravine. That evening I had a text from Carole to say Ray played well and has a lot to tell you. I was thinking Hole in One? He had better not have before me. I could never have dreamt what actually happened. The 3 Counties is far from dull!
Our last match is against Wincanton on Saturday, 19th September. First tee 1.00. This will be exciting. Long Sutton on 85 points and Wincanton 81. Playing for the Cup. My pulse rate has just gone up! Sign up in the corridor.
ALSO – Sign up for the Freeman Trophy Day at Mendip Springs. Saturday, 10th October.