3 Counties Winter Knockout v Wincanton 11.10.15
Long Sutton and Wincanton met at Cannington to play their semi-final of the Winter Knockout. The weather was kind…no rain! and the food hit the spot. For those forgetting New Year Resolutions, bacon baps and full English before the match and anything with chips after. One glitch… winter mats…the ladies had to play from the same temporary tee position as the men and often off the flat. It was decided the ladies would be allowed the maximum adjustment shots, as if the men were playing off the yellow tees, to help compensate for this. Parts of the course were affected by the recent heavy rain but the greens were good as ever. Long Sutton have had the foresight to train for just such squidy scenarios. Water off a duck’s back to us! Maxine threatened to send her trolley to Pete, their absent Captain, for cleaning.
Henry and Steve Stopforth, both off 5, had a closely matched pair, 7 and 9. Wincanton’s Maxine said they would be chuffed to be receiving shots as they usually had to give them! Well done Henry and Steve…a win on 16. Sarah and Steve, our second pair, didn’t fare so well in their draw, Wincanton on fire, so all square. The third pairing threw up a quirky match. With no set order of play in the Winter Knockout, Ann McRae (27, 32 with adjustments) and Mike, (16) came up against Wincanton’s low middle pairing…Jack ( 6) and Frank (9). Off Jack, Frank had 2 shots, Mike 8 and Ann 20. Quite a shock all round but the handicapping system worked. At the end of a tight match, Ann and Mike brought in a vital win. Ray and I , 5th pair, lost on 16 and came up behind our 4th pair, Sandra Basford and Sean, who had just gone one down on 17. Sandra had been suffering from cramp in both calves throughout the match, and said she could hardly play, but on 18, with a shot, she looked amazed as she sank a long putt to win the hole…to halve their game…and as we found, to halve the match overall…so on up 19. Sean matched Phil shot for shot, onto the green in 2, with Sandra supporting, chipping on to the green with her wood. Sean practised his putt. That’s going to be too hard I thought. Adrenalin?…shows why I miss putts! It was perfect weight, finishing inches past the hole! A gimme. Down in 4…and with a shot. Phil, without a shot, had to sink a similar putt for 3 but didn’t, so WELL DONE Sean and Sandra. A WIN TO LONG SUTTON. Thank you so much the whole team. What a day. I feel drained now. Now we wait to see who we play in the Final, Wheathill B or Cannington A, before the end of March. Meanwhile, on we go. Next Saturday, 17th January, we play the Wincanton leg of the Winter Salva. Look for the sign up sheet in the corridor.