THE DRYER CUP 2016
The 2016 Dryer Cup concluded on 21st March, which turned out to be a wonderful day for golf, warm, sunny and windless. The USA team had a bit of a mountain to climb following the 1-6 drubbing in the fourballs but, with 17 points to play for in the Singles matches, anything was possible. With few shots around, it all depended on the golf on the day. Three matches were halved and others were close but Europe held on to their lead with a 9.5 - 7.5 win on the day, giving an overall result of 15.5 points to 8.5. Congratulations to them.
The competition now seems to be a popular addition to the Seniors’ calendar judging by the level of interest and support over the three years it has been run. The winter weather will, naturally, always be a factor but this year has demonstrated the enthusiasm for the event.
Dryer Cup Organiser
Long Vale Trophy Result
On Thursday the 17th March, in teams of four, 56 seniors competed for the 1st trophy of the year, The Long Vale Trophy. Most seniors will be aware that this was originally competed for between Long Sutton and Taunton Vale golf clubs, but with the sad demise of the Taunton club, we now compete for this as an internal competition and it was good to see so many of the ex T.V. members feature in a competitive field. I sound like a commentator at the Cheltenham races! It was a bit chilly for the early tee times, but the spring sunshine was a pleasure to enjoy and on the course you could see the results of the graft that Johnny Tulk and his team have been putting in. What a close competition. Club captain John Williams, teamed up with Chris Warren, Graham Brimble and Peter Bell & recorded a very credible net 66.1. They were just piped by seniors’ vice captain Rod who led Scottish Ian, new member Bill Campbell and chopper Axe to an excellent net 66. But neither team were in the top two slots! Paterson JR, Nick Dennis, John Jeanes and our I.T. guru Dave, recorded a net 65.7. Over post match sausage rolls, their team exuded disappointment when they recounted that having seen Nick stiff his chip just 2 feet from the pin on the second, the rest of the team couldn’t find a putt between them. But who am I to jest about those who miss short putts. JR and team were beaten by just 0.6 and with an excellent winning score of net 65.1 The Long Vale Trophy was won by big Jim Lloyd, Tim Forward, Nigel Griffiths and club vice captain John Blackwell. Congratulations. Played as a Florida Scramble, I found this a really enjoyable team format and as Mike Bowling commented to me, it is pretty much like playing in a 3 ball, and that keeps the overall match time well under control.
Chris Hockey Seniors' Captain - Long Sutton Golf Club
Early sign of Spring - the return of our Swans.
The pair of Mute Swans have returned to the pond on the eighth fairway. This picture was taken on Tuesday 1st March.
The swans are preening themselves on the side of the pond.