Seniors Bowl - first round win
Seniors Bowl first round
We were drawn against Wells for the first round, the team which beat us in the 2011 final, a tough opening match!
First up were Rich Bartin and Alan Webber. They were up against a pair who were receiving 5 shots. After 12 holes they were 3 down - not looking good.
Second out were John Parkinson and Mike Poole (unbeaten in last years campaign) also giving quite a few shots. They were never really in trouble and went on to win 3 and 1. Long Sutton 1 up
Third out were Martin Hawkins and Phil Bowditch, again giving shots, but went on to win very comfortably 4 and 2. 2 up.
Fourth out were Norm Banfield and Dick Butcher who were up against a very strong pair including the 2015 Seniors county champion. After a tight match the lost 2 and 1.
Last pair out were Graham Load and myself. Up against a strong pair (their 2011 winning captain) we went 3 up after 3 BUT.....after 12 holes they clawed their way back to only 1 down.
In the meantime Rich and Alan had squared their match, so all was in the balance! Onto extra holes and they unfortunately lost the 19th ( Rich please note you still owe Alan 4 balls)
Match all square.
Luckily I managed to find some putting form after Graham had put me in good positions and we won the next two holes to close out the match 3-2.
Well done team.
We now play Tickenham or Minehead in the next round
Somerset Bowl – Long Sutton Sneak through
Somerset Bowl – Long Sutton Sneak through
On a glorious Saturday lunchtime at Orchardleigh the LS team set about the defence of its Somerset Bowl crown against Entry Hill. First out John Parkinson and Hugh McQuire, who were locked in a titanic battle but got 1 up late on and held on up the 18th to run out winners 1 up. Meanwhile, second out Norman Banfield and Nick Goodliff were in fine form storming to a 5&4 victory, so 2 from 2 so far. The 3rd match of Gary French and Wesley Allen were struggling and through 7 holes were 5 down, not to worry as match 4 myself and Richard Bartin were 3 up through 8 and match 5 Jamie Brodie and Chris Binding were 4 up. Richard and I lost 6 holes on the spin and went from a commanding winning position to a losing one and whilst we battled hard we lost on the 18th after I hit it out of bounds going for the green in 2 needing a win on the hole to force extra holes. Jamie and Chris too had got on a losing streak and lost 1 down on 18. Match tied at 2-2, so back to Match 3 we go, Gary and Wesley making a fine fight of affairs despite giving 12 shots. As we got further around the course Gary and Wes were eating into the lead of their opponents and when they got to the 16th tee they had squared the match up. A win up the 16th saw them ahead for the first time in the match, and then it was onto the tricky 17th. Wesley had put Gary in the valley of doom but Gary was more than up for the challenge, rolling the putt in up the slope for a 2 and a 2 and1 victory sealing a tense and nerve wracking tie!
Well done Team, Round 2 awaits with Weston Super Mare the opponents.
On Course Team Captain
Burn's Night Celebration
Burn's Night Saturday 28th January
A great success - thank you to Sandra & Rob Ford for organising the evening, to Ian Davidson for piping & dressing the haggis, and to our speakers John Bolton (grace), Alex Lyon (laddie speaker), Sheena Smith (lassie speaker) & Sandra Ford (Immortal Memory).
An excellent meal was provided by the kitchen staff & thank you to all the waiting & bar staff for looking after everyone so well. A total of 103 attended.
£445 was raised from the raffle for my charity St Margaret's Hospice - Thank you everyone for your support.
The talented local group 'Twisted Vinyl' provided excellent music and everyone danced the night away.
A Fantastic Evening.
County Presentation Night
Somerset Annual County Dinner ~ John, Paul and Wes, on behalf of our winning team, receive the Somerset Bowl from England President Marian Rae.
Bill Bond wins Somerset Seniors County Stableford title. Long Sutton entrants take majority of Individual & Team prizes in the event.
The SGU Seniors County Stableford was held at Long Sutton Golf Club on Friday 7 Oct
Long Sutton Seniors Section gave great support to the event, with 32 out of the 80 competitors coming from the club providing 8 teams for the team event & enabling the county to place a Long Sutton in each of the 3 Balls to give guidance to the visitors to the club.
The day was a great success with all the visitors enjoying the day & commenting on how they were delighted with our greens. So may I congratulate Jonny & the green-keeping staff on the excellent preparation.
The overall results were also great success for the Club
In the Individual Stableford we had the winner, our own Bill Bond, winning the overall County Seniors Individual Trophy with a magnificent score of 41 Points & also his resultant new reduced Handicap!
Congratulation Bill on your success!!!
John Pearson took 3rd place with 37 points
Mike Bowling taking 4th place with 36 points.
So 3 out of the top 4 individual prizes
With regards to the team event it was a clean sweep with Long Sutton taking all 3 prizes.
1st: Mike Bowling, Alan Webber, Rich Dore, & Len Collin - 104 points (best 3 scores count)
2nd: John Pearson, Keith Penfold, Mike Layzell, & John Thomas - 101
3rd: Bill Bond, John Paterson, Dave Kennedy & Rich Bartin - 101
We had further success in the individual age categories with Norman Banfield & Alex Lyons each winning their age category group.
Thank you to all from the Seniors Section that took part & supported the event.
The event next year will be held at Farrington & hopefully we will support with a similar field of entrants & have similar success.
For full results click here.
Full report & photos to follow.
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