Report on Seniors v Orchardleigh, away, 12th April
It has been very remiss of me not to have taken advantage of the "joint membership" we currently hold with our associate golf course at Orchardleigh. Admittedly it's an hours drive to get tother side of Frome, but well worth it to enjoy golf in a parkland setting full of majestic, mature trees. I will certainly go again and I recommend that, if you haven't been already, you pay it a visit.
It had rained heavily the night before the seniors match, so conditions underfoot were a bit mucky and I was glad that clean and place was still the rule of the day. My playing partner Simon Scarborough and I teed off in the 3rd match against O'leigh captain Peter Maunder and his partner Paul. If only Simon had been called Mary, I would have found myself in the perfect American 60s folk band! You remember, "Puff the magic dragon", " Where have all the flowers gone?", but I digress. The normal hospitality we receive at these friendly matches was slightly in doubt early on, as a large bonfire sent clouds of smoke across the first fairway and as we gathered by the tee a tanker started to pump effluent from the septic tank close by! My faith in hospitable golfers was soon restored. Peter and Paul were great company and we halved the front nine. I noticed that some of those majestic, mature trees also had a magnetic ability to attract golf balls, especially mine! Simon played some great golf early in the back nine getting us to 2 up. We hung on to the lead and needed a putt on the 18th to win the match, which we did. The fact that I was the only one with a shot may of helped.
Alan Webber and Mike Bowling dovetailed nicely to win the first match 3 &2, with a sensational 50ft putt from Alan helping their cause. Does Mike help his cause by checking the wind direction, with pipe smoke?
In match two Peter Hill and Chris Thayer were 2 up at the turn but managed to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory going down 2 and 1. I am told Peter almost had a hole in one, but unfortunately he had teed off from the 12th and his drive landed close to the pin on the 11th!
Jon Searl and Peter Champness met their match in the next contest but there was better news from match 5.
Douglas Hamilton and big Jim Lloyd were 2 down on the fifteenth tee, but then turned on the power to win the last 4 holes, winning by 2.
No luck in the last match where John Thomas and Len Collin lost 3&1, but skill from Len with another 2 spot.
My faith in the hospitality we always receive on these away days was further enhanced when a pint of foaming Doombar greeted me on the sun drenched patio and an excellent carvery meal followed. Overall the match was halved, but as I have said before, when we are playing away, I see a half as a moral victory.