Seniors lose at Taunton and Pickeridge.
Through out my captain’s year, for the inter club matches I have continued the established path of picking as many different members as possible, to represent LSGC seniors. If you put your name down on the availability sheet, I will do my best to see you get a game. With 7 matches still to play there is still time to join me in what is always an enjoyable day. I have also picked a different senior to team up with in each match and so it was at Taunton and Pickeridge on the 26th August, with Steve Uzzell joining me on the first tee. For those of you yet to play this course, it is well worth a visit just for the stunning views.
Match 1 teed off at 1pm in bright sunshine and it was a great game of golf played in an exceptionally good spirit. The lead swung both ways, T & P going 2 up, then back to all square. LSGC went 2 up, then back to all square. As we teed off the 18th with nothing in it, I knew that I had picked the right partner. Steve had hit some screaming drives all day and he saved one for the 18th. It left him 50 yards from the green. A chip on followed by a birdie putt to win by 1. What a finish, it was a pleasure to play with you Steve.
In match 2 Chris Thayer and David Kennedy lost 4 & 2 with Mr T explaining in graphic terms that that he couldn’t buy an ‘effin putt all day. Not to worry Chris tomorrow’s another day!
Peter Champness and Cyril Griffin had a close game in match 3, well at least for the first 14 holes, loosing out 3 & 1. Peter had the audacity to get closer than your captain on the nearest the pin hole, the cheek of it. Great shot Peter, well done.
In match 4 Peter Hill and Keith Lancey tell me they played exceptionally well, but somehow it slipped away and they lost 3 & 2.
Our joker in the pack, Jimmy Quinn teamed up with Andrew Elfick in match 5 and they enjoyed another very close game that went to the 18th, with T & P just snatching a win by 1.
In match 6 we unfortunately suffered another defeat with Len Collin and John Packett going down 2 & 1.
Overall we had lost the day by 5 matches to 1, but as I have said before the pain of loosing can easily pale into insignificance when enjoying a quart of foaming ale, especially sitting on a sun drenched patio with those stunning views. My thanks to all the team who took part.
Chris Hockey – Seniors Captain
Seniors Avalon League update.
After a slow start ( we lost our first three matches !! ) we gradually clawed our way up the east division league by firstly winning away at Mendip Spring (3:2) then 5 nil on the return match at home.
Next came League leaders Isle of Wedmore which we won 4 and half to a half .
Then on Tuesday still hungover from the previous day's loss in the bowl we overcame a strong Worlebury team 3:2 .
We now lie 6 points behind the leaders but with a game in hand.
Our last game is at home to Wheathill on the 12th September, which , if we can win it we will qualify for the knockout stage of the competition.
We have had good support from seniors with well over 20 players contributing in the 7 matches played to date.
Well played all.
Seniors lose in the Semi Final of the Bowl to Saltford
Seniors Bowl loss.
Long Sutton contested the semi final against Saltford on Monday 22nd but unfortunately came up short in a closely contested match.
The result was 3 lost , 1 won and a halved match.
However all 3 lost matches went to the eighteenth hole . We played well but Saltford played better.
Congratulations to all the guys who played on the day and to all the others who played in earlier rounds.
The full squad who played at various stages were :
Rich Bartin, Norman Banfield, Pete Burch, George Ceely,
Dick Butcher, Nigel Griffiths, Martin Hawkins ,Phil Lock,
Dave Manning, Hugh McGuire, John Parkinson,
Roy Parmiter, Mike Pool, Steve Southgate and John Williams.
Seniors make it a Seaside Double against Lyme Regis
Report on Seniors v Lyme Regis 18th August
Having welcomed one sea side team from Axe Cliff to LSGC on Tuesday, another, this time the Seniors’ team from Lyme Regis, were welcomed on Thursday! Cultivating friendships is a big part of the Seniors’ inter club matches that we play and meeting up again with Lyme Regis captain Paul Millard and his pal Johnny Jones was a good example. Colin Hardaway and I enjoyed an excellent round of golf with them. A small miracle occurred and my putting had improved since Tuesday, Colin and I dove-tailed well and with Colin’s par on the 17th, we won our match 3 & 1.
John Packett and Al Webber, in match 2, were 2 down at the turn, pulled it back to all square by the 12th but were eventually “Rogered” by Lyme Seniors Roger Baker & Roger Turner, the latter playing off 7, (I dream of playing off 7!) loosing their match 3 & 2.
Then the dream team of Rich Bartin & Mike Bowling played some great golf in match 3 winning by 2 & 1. Mike tells me his putt on the 17th was the clincher!
The 2 Johns, Jeanes & Pearson were 2 down after only 3 holes in match 4 but turned the tables and brought home an excellent win by 4& 3. This included Canadian John’s 2 on the 14th missing a hole in one by inches.
In match 5, Billy Bond’s banditry was less obvious than earlier in the week and with playing partner Gavin Baker (Gavin just back from Buckingham Place) they went from being 2 up, to all square to loosing their match on the 18th hole. First defeat in an inter club match, this year for Bill, so he tells me.
The experience of 2 past captains, Malcolm Dennes and Glyn Ottery showed through in spades in the last match as they dished out a bit of a bashing, winning by 4 & 2. Great result.
The overall result was a second win this week for Long Sutton Seniors, this time by 4 matches to 2. Our golf course is a credit to Jon Tulk and his staff, the post match meal was one of my favourites (baked ham, parsley sauce & new potatoes), thank you Judy. Fran and all the staff looked after us really well as always. Lastly a big thank you to all the team members who played. I went home feeling pretty good.
Regards to all
Chris Hockey - Seniors’ Captain
Seniors make it a double against Axe Cliffe
Report on Seniors v Axe Cliff – 16th August 2106
Our team managed to get a win when we went to Axe Cliff, back in April and I was keen to do the double over them. Just as well it wasn’t all down to me, because even with my partner Chris Thayer doing his best to hold us together, we went down 2 & 1 in the first match out. With the sun shining down on us and the match played in the best of friendly spirit, it was a very enjoyable round of golf, except for my putting!
In match 2, Mr William Bond was renamed “Bandit Bill” by the opposition. Playing partner Rich Bartin did mention it was the 16th hole before he was needed. Good golf Bill, well done mate, Vice-Capatin Rod may have to take a look at that 24 h/c. A good win 3 & 2.
Peter Hill & Glyn Ottery teamed up in the 3rd match out. They were 3 up with 5 to play, but all square after 17. This very tight match went to the wire with the home team snatching a victory on the 18th. Nerves of steel.
Alan Webber & Dave Butcher started off as they planned to finish with Alan winning the first and the pair were 4 up at the turn. Alan then won the 10th to go 5 up only to pulled back to 4 on the 11th. Dave parred the 12th to put them back to 5 up where it stayed with halves on the 13th and 14th, thus finishing off their opponents early, securing a very impressive win 5 & 4 in match 4. Terrific.
In match 5, the strong team of Martin Abbot and Steve Uzzell (well that’s what Steve told me) found themselves 2 down but managed to claw it back and got themselves a half. Impressive.
In the last match out, John Pearson and Peter Bell came up against a strong player in more ways than one. They gave a very creditable account of themselves against Axe Cliff senior, Tony Strong, playing off 6 and his partner, but they were beaten 3 & 2.
We had won overall by 3 ½ to 2 ½.
What another great result for the Seniors and my thanks to all those who took part. An excellent meal followed, well up to the usual high standard we are used to.
My dismal display of putting will soon be forgotten, but I will remember my very rare birdie, on the 16th. You only have to ask and I will talk you through it!
Regards to one and all,
Chris Hockey – Seniors’ Captain