Monday 21st September in light rain saw Dave Butcher and Chris Thayer tee off against the first team from The Dorset Golf and Country Club. The first hole was a walk over, as the first member of the opposition took five shots to get to the fairway and the other took two shots to go out of bounds before picking up, we were both just off the green in two. A five by Dave on the second gave the home team another hole. A par on the third by Chris was enough to halve the hole. A six on the fourth by Dave put the home team up to plus 3. A walk over on the fifth for the away players as both home players splashed their balls in the pond (Dave twice - blxxdly long grass!). Dave then halved the 6th, 8th and 10th with Chris halving the 7th, 9th (with a beautiful long putt down the green) and 11th. Chris then won the 12th to put us back up to plus 3. The 13th was halved by Dave whilst both Chris and Dave halved the 14th. Dave then hit nearest to the pin in two on the 15th but missed the five foot putt to halve the hole. The away team won the 16th with a chip in from left of the pin for 5. Dave secured the match with a two spot on the 17th by putting a 30 footer.
The second team out of Gavin Baker and Richard Axe were up against a pair of Davids. With handicaps closely matched the game was set for interesting round albeit a slow round having lost 3 holes of the first group by the 16th. However, Gavin and Richard kept their cool and came out winners 2 and 1.
Chris Hockey, the Match Captain, played with Bill Bond, who carried them early on. They went 3 up after 5, against Dorset captain Tony and his partner Clive. The home pair lost concentration just as Clive hit the kind of form that must have helped him win his club's championship! It went to the 18th, but just lost it.
However, the fourth team of Malcolm Dennes and David Kennedy was another kettle of fish winning 5 and 4. Three games to One to Long Sutton.
The fifth team of Peter Hill and Peter Champness put up a brave fight but came out runners up at 3 and 2. Then the sixth team of Len Collin and Alex Morrice had a similar problem losing 2 and 1. Final result a draw.