With back to back matches on Monday 10th & Tuesday 11th October, I was pleased to field two completely different teams. In fact an extended team of 14 seniors made the trip to Bere Regis and beyond, on the 11th to compete in 7 x 4 ball matches. There is quite an impressive set up at The Dorset Golf & Country Club. I remember staying at the lodges there, a couple of years ago, when a crowd of LSGC seniors had 2 nights and 3 rounds of golf there, most enjoyable, except for the fines imposed by Mr Williams!
Even before he had won the Division 2 championship and the SGU Seniors’ Stableford Competition, I had selected Bill Bond as my partner for this match. Now on a winning streak, with the natural class of a gifted golfer seeping from his pores, I was very pleased to have Bill as my partner. What could go wrong? In fairness, Bill’s class did come through, on more than one occasion, especially when he put the ball 18 inches form the hole on the par 3, 13th. The put was given, only for their captain, Martin, to sink his from 12 feet, also for a two. As B.B. said, we were mentally trodden on. We let a 2 hole advantage slip away and eventually lost our match on the 17th, Bugger!
Colin Hardaway and Rich Bartin did better in match 2 where they secured a half. Ex club captain Richard Bartin has been particularly helpful to me during the year. With his agreement, in previous matches, I have partnered him with some of the seniors representing our club for the first time. They haven’t always won, but valuable experience has been passed on, especially how to keep smiling. Thanks Richard, you are a star.
There was better news from John Packet and Alan Webber who had a win 2 & 1 in match 3. Looking back, I see that Alan has turned out 19 times for inter club matches this year and only lost one of them, quite an achievement Alan, well done.
In match 4 Peter Hill & Mike Layzell found it wasn’t their day and they went down 4 &3, but more good news in match 5 where Gavin Baker & Phil Bowditch won a tight match on the 18th. Great finish.
Mike Bowling & David Kennedy were paired up in match 6, but it was not their day either and they lost 6 & 5 leaving my hopes resting on Len Collin & Richard Axe in match 7. It was not to be, however and with the last pair loosing 4 & 3 the overall result was a win for the Dorset G & CC by 4½ to 2½.
A quart of foaming Dorset ale and an excellent post match meal followed, along with the usual exchange of pleasantries between their captain and myself. My sentiments were honestly expressed, as I really did enjoy playing the Dorset course & the food was top draw. Most of all though, I enjoyed the company, especially the company of the senior golfers from Long Sutton Golf Club. It was a bit embarrassing when Bill Bond stood up at the end of our day in Dorset and said some very kind words. Thanks Bill. That almost left me speechless, but not quite!
This was my last match as seniors’ captain and checking back there have been over 60 seniors who have joined me and the other match captains to play in the interclub matches. I hope all of you have enjoyed it as much as I have, it has been great. Thanks for your company.
LSGC – Seniors Captain