A Team Blog - Long Sutton A vs Taunton & Pickeridge
Long Sutton A team vs Minehead at Home.
Well what can I say, another great team performance!
On Saturday 20th May we played host to table toppers Minehead. With a good home record so far this season, this was going to be a crunch game against a very strong and capable Minehead team! Undeterred by the poor weather (at times monsoon style rain) the team ran out winners 3 ½ to 1 ½. Sean Bennett and John Parkinson gained a valuable half from their match, Nick Northey and Barry Harding maintained their 100% winning record and romped home 4&3. Myself and Nick Goodliff maintained our unbeaten record with a 2&1 victory, followed by Luke Appleton and Darren Walker also maintaining their unbeaten record with a 2&1 victory. Last out Jamie Brodie and making his debut Norman Banfield, fought gallantly but lost on 17 to a birdie 2 – 2&1.
Next game is Cricket St Thomas away on June 11th. This will be a tough test for us but we’re playing well and confidence is high!
Great team result well played.
Paul Wills - A Team Captain
Long Sutton A vs Taunton & Pickeridge
Avalon A Team Match 3 result
Following a great start to the season and two 4-1 home wins the team made a trip to Taunton and Pickeridge, another fine day for golf. We found the course to be much firmer than in previous encounters and the greens not up to their normal high standard, however that didn’t deter a confident team. Out first the undefeated Sean Bennett and John Parkinson, they ended up losing 1 down but were dormy 4 and made birdies at 15,16 and net birdie at 17 to force the match to the 18th! Well played boys, great fighting spirit. Next out myself and Nick Goodliff, also boasting an unbeaten record, we too were locked in a battle and when we were 2 up with 4 to play we thought we were in a good position but we conceded 2 holes and ended up halving on 18. 3rd out were Jamie Brodie and Chris Binding, the pair they played took full advantage of the home conditions and back to back birdies killed Jamie and Chris off, losing 3 and 2. 4th out were another undefeated pair, Barry Harding and Nick Northey, again a close match but Nick and Barry maintained their winning run and made it 3 from 3! Great work lads, keep it up. So the match was 2 ½, 1 ½ as it stood with our final pair, also undefeated, of Darren Walker and Luke Appleton, they too had a big battle going on and turned around a 1 down through 17 to a halve. All in all a great team performance and 6 valuable away points. Next up Minehead at home on May 20th. Minehead are flying high so far so this is a bit of a crunch game if we have any title aspirations.
Paul Wills Team captain
Long Sutton A vs Orchardleigh
So we start the season at Home to our sister club. It's fair to say after last year's poor start to the season we were a bit nervous and excited to get started!
First out for us Sean Bennett and John Parkinson, Club 4bbb champions and they showed why with a commanding 7&6 victory, 1-0 to us. Next up were Barry Harding and Nick Northey, a great battle took them to 17 where they won 3&1, 2-0, Nick Goodliff and I played in the middle of the match and whilst being up early faltered slightly until 11 where we turned the screw and ran out 4&3 winners, 3-0, 4th out was Darren Walker and Luke Appleton, untried and tested - well it couldn't have gone better commanding 9&7 winners following a sublime 4 under par front nine, 4-0.
IN the tail match was Jamie Brodie and Chris Binding playing to young and up coming golfers, unfortunately youth beat experience on the day and Jamie and Chris lost 3&2, 4-1.
So we take away 10 points from our first home game and look forward to next week's home match vs Cricket St Thomas.
Well done Team well played!
Paul Will - A Team Captain
Levellers Blog Final Update 06/09/2016 - the Levellers finished off the season in great style by beating our sister club, Orchardleigh B 4 -1
Despite the absence of the Captain, the Levellers finished off the season in great style by beating our sister club, Orchardleigh B 4 -1.This ensures our survival in Division 5, eventually finishing halfway, which after being bottom for most of the season was a tremendous result.
Many thanks to all those that played in the team, whether it was for one game or all 10!!
Thanks to the greenstaff, caterers, Graham and Felicity for making the home games so much more enjoyable and the compliments over the condition of the course and greens were unanimous from all the visiting clubs.
Thanks to the club Captain, John Williams, who supplied us with the tee shot of the season at Wheathill where his divot went further than his ball, estimated at 5 yards, (but still halved the hole)!
Thanks to Nick Stacey who has a couple of fine young golfers coming through the junior ranks in Ruben Stacey and Lewis Coward, both played a couple of games and thoroughly enjoyed the matches - I am sure they will be playing next year regularly.
Thanks again to all involved with the team and hopefully we will do it all again next season.
The Levellers continued with their winning streak, beating Brean A 4 -1 on Sat 20th August. It was very windy and the visitors found the opening drive very tricky as several ended up on the 15th or on the driving range! None of the matches got passed the 15th and the 4 winning scores were 6&5 (2 games), 5&4 and 4&3, the losing pair for the Levellers unfortunately ended up losing by 7&6.
The course and greens were again in excellent condition and the visitors could not cope with the speed of the greens so thank to all the green staff!
Brunch was lovely and again many thanks to the catering staff who "fitted" us in on an extremely busy day.
Long Sutton Levellers entertained top of the table (and the Avalon leagues highest point scorers) Weston B, on Saturday and came out with a fantastic win 3 & 2!
The final result could have easily been 5 - 0 as 3 matches went to the 18th and ended up with Weston winning the final hole to halve 2 of the matches and nick the other. The win leaves the Levellers still on the bottom of the league but only by 2pts and with a game in hand are confident of staying up.
The course was in superb condition and every player from Weston commented on how good the course looked and how true the greens were - the best ever in their experience of visiting Long Sutton.
This Saturday the Levellers play host to Brean A followed by Orchardleigh on the 27 th and are must win games.
Long Sutton Levellers beat a strong Wheathill A side at home on Saturday. The course was in great shape and thankfully so was the vast majority of the golf from the Levellers players. Three pairs were victorious, one game was halved and with only one loss, which converts to a 9 points to 4.5 win in favour of Long Sutton.
The Levellers have 3 home games remaining and need to win all three if they are to stay up and have started on a positive note.
The Levellers played host to Weston A on Saturday and had an excellent result, winning 3.5 to 1.5, which gave Long Sutton 9 points to Westons 4.5 points.
The weather was dry and considering all the rain the course endured earlier on in the week it played very well. The greens were on the slow side but the ball rolled truly and the Weston team were all very complimentary over the course conditions.
The food was very tasty and just what you wanted after an enjoyable match, made all the better by England thumping Australia earlier in the day at rugby!
The next match is away at Orchardleigh on July 2nd.
The Levellers travelled to Brean on Sunday and came away with a very creditable draw 2.5pts each which gives the Levellers 8.5 pts to Breans 6.
The weather was dry, very windy, bright and sunny which made the course tricky , especially with so many of the drains and ditches in play.
The background of the FunFair in full flow , coupled with Jerry Lee Lewis at 95 decibels made the experience even more enjoyable but thankfully only one Levellers player visited the Fairground with his tee shot on the 6th!
Glyn Ottery and Nigel Griffiths, John Drummond and Graham Load provided the two wins with John English and Nick Stacey earning a hard won half in a game that ebbed and flowed till the 18th.
The next game is on Saturday, away to Wheathill A.
Long Sutton Levellers travelled to Weston on Saturday to play against their A team. The weather was terrible on the drive over but thankfully the sun shone and it remained dry for the rest of the afternoon but a blustery wind and fast greens made for tricky conditions.
It was a close fought match with Weston just coming out on top three games to two. Two of the games could have gone our way but it just wasn't to be and The Levellers finally came away losing 8 points to 6, so over all not a bad start to the season.
The next game is in two weeks time and again away at Weston, this time playing the B side.
B Team Blog Update 24.05.16
Tall Pines Away
Not a good blog this time we suffered a heavy defeat against Tall Pines away we lost 4 1/2 to 1/2.
The one shining light was the half we got from Martin and Nick. The food and hospitality was excellent as was the
course. Onwards and upwards.
A close game against Wells G. C. at the weekend 2 1/2 to 2 1/2 (6-81/2) we had a chance to snatch a win but unfortunately left the putt in the jaws of the hole. The food was excellent as usual thanks to all the staff. The coursewas good condition as per usual we all know the greens are not back to there best but they are getting there pretty quick. We look forwardBto our next match on the 22nd of May against Tall Pines away. Onwards and upwards
Long Sutton Stags V Tall Pines - Sat. 23rd April
A very close match which ended 3-2 to us (8-6). The day started well with a full English breakfast which was excellent, coffee and tea. Thanks to the catering staff. Back to the match, all close games 2 matches going to the 18th green the other 2 won by us 2&1. Unfortunately myself and my partner who shall remain nameless (chris binding) lost3&2. The course was in excellent condition as per usual. The rivalry between the 2 clubs was warm and friendly. We look forward to visiting Tall Pines at the end of May.
Played Wells GC on Saturday 2nd April 2016.
Unfortunately team lost 3-2 which is not too bad as the points turn out to 8-6 in favour of Wells.
Course was in good nick for the time of year, and the food and hospitality was excellent.
A good start to our 2016 campaign. I do not want to mention the winners by name as it might, no it will, make them big headed.
As I said a decent start to the new season.
Onwards and upwards.
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A team vs Stockwood Vale
Another away game and another tough result – the team went down 4 – 1
Congratulations to Andy Moray and Nick Northey, their winning run from Taunton and Pickerage continued with a 3&2 win. Barry Harding and Wesley Allen lost narrowly on 18 – a good game with a great fight back!
Gary French and myself we’re involved in a titanic battle, the first 6 holes being won with a birdie, unfortunately we came out 2nd best and lost 2&1, Sean Bennett and Peter Burch lost 4 &3 as did Allan Pilkington and Rupert Edwards.
We now have 6 weeks off before the next challenge at Burnham and Berrow. Plenty of time for us to gets some much needed golf under our belts, build some confidence and for me to sharpen the pencil and get our strategy spot on.
A team match result 1
On a day of changeable weather a squad of 12 made the trip to Oake Manor for our first match of the new season.
The Oake course conditions weren't up to their usual high standards due to maintenance work that had been done.
Good golf was played by all groups but we weren't able to hole the putts that would gain us points.
Unfortunately the result didn't go our way and we lost 5-0.
Still we have a chance to redeem ourselves this weekend at Taunton and Pickerage.
Paul Wills officially welcomed as LS Avalon A Team Captain
Paul Wills was officially welcomed as Captain of the Long Sutton A team recently by outgoing A team Captain George Ceely, Club Chairman and Somerset Golf Union President Tom Tulk , Club Captain John Williams and a
past captain Roy Parmiter.
During the inauguration George Ceely was congratulated by all on his work over the past 4 years and especially on guiding the club to promotion into Avalon League One .
Paul Wills commented "I am looking forward to the challenge as the new Captain of the A team and working with the team to further strengthen our position in Avalon League One .
I am lucky to have the experience of both George and Roy to call upon for advice during what I am sure will be an exciting golf season not just for the A team but also the B team led by Captain Hugh McGuire and the C team Captain Rob Load. "
The season will open in April 2016.