14th June, a day that continuously threatened rain, we welcomed the team from T and P and I was pleased that, in the main, our match was played in the dry. However, I can confirm, from first hand experience, there was plenty of water in the bunkers!
The importance of having reserves signed up for every match was emphasised as 25% of the team selected had to drop out for various reasons and the reserves were called upon. Thanks very much to every one who played and especially to those who stepped up from the bench.
Keith Lancey and Martin Abbot were first out and after twice getting themselves up by two, they were pulled back with T&P winning the 18th to get a half.
I went out next with Len Collin and any golf ability that either of us may possibly possess was left behind on the first tee. By the 5th were already 4 down. We did improve, with Len making good use of his shots and we got it back to just one down. With T & P captain Lynn sinking puts from off the green and ex LSGC member Nick Clarke using his knowledge of which trees to hit to get to the middle of the fairway, they were too good for us and we went down 3 and 2.
John Packett and Alan Webber got of to a super start in match 3 and got to 5 up. They then had a bit of a wobble losing 3 in a row but got back on track and brought home a good win of 4and 3.
Another good win in match 4 with the well travelled Franco file, Peter Hill playing with Phil Bowditch and securing a 3 and 2. Peter also won the home nearest the pin, well done.
Even better news in match 5 as John Whiting, in the team for the 1st time this year and steady Steve Uzzell, absolutely thrashed the opposition by 7 and 5. The T&P lads were heard to mutter “lucky” and “merciless”. I suspect a little skill was also in evidence and I look forward to seeing Mr W on the team sheet again - and you Steve!
The match results continued to impress with Richard Bartin and Canadian John Pearson recording another great win of 6 and 5.
Overall Long Sutton beat Taunton and Pickeridge 4 ½ to 1½.
The match was followed by an excellent meal with Matt looking after both bar duty and waiting on table. He tells me he is soon leaving us, moving to Canada to take up a career in farming. He is a very personable young man and I am sure we all wish him well for his future.