Long Sutton Seniors v Weymouth - 25th May
Long Sutton V Weymouth - On the 25th May 2017 under the Captaincy of Rod Tucker Long Sutton played Weymouth.
Game 1 Rod Tucker & Mike Stringer played Alan Roberts & partner Tony Fellows. This was a very close game played In the right spirit and the home team won 2 & 1.
Game 2 Jimmy Quinn who was paired with John Jeanes and had a tough match losing 2&;1 hard luck boys and well played. Thanks too Jim for the after match entertainment!
Game3 Richard ( Dick) Barton & Malcolm Dennes played against Paul Whittle & Dave Ritchie, a strong Weymouth pairing, and they had a convincing win 4&3, booking their place on the beach for the return leg. Don’t forget your bucket and spade guys!
Game 4 Chris Thayer & the unpredictable Gavin Baker; we never know which Gavin will turn up but to be fair neither does he! Although they played well they went down 2-0.
Game 5 Tim Forward & Peter Hill the Captains Bankers and they played like a couple of Bankers losing narrowly by 1 hole.
Game 6 the final game saw Alan Webber & Colin Hardaway get the point we needed with a fine win by 1 hole.
Final Score Long Sutton 3 Weymouth 3
Thank you all for playing.
The Seniors v Farrington away on 16th May - the weather was the winner!
Once again the elements were against us! The first match out featured Len Collin, match captain, and Peter Hill teeing off against Farrington's first and closely matched pair of Mike and Dave. The weather was overcast but dry and the course was playing well. Len quickly demonstrated that he was on ( very! ) good form by halving the first with a par. He then made good use of his generous stroke allocation and followed with a win on the second and on the third. Len and Peter dovetailed well for the remainder of the holes played and only lost 2 holes, the rest being either halved or won. It started raining as we progressed down the 6th fairway and spirits began to wane as the rain worsened. We were 4 up at the end of the 13th with 5 to play and our opponents conceded defeat as the dry clubhouse beckoned. This was not before Mike and Dave had quizzed Peter more than once about Len's real handicap!!
Next out were Dave Butcher and Gavin Baker. They managed to hold their own for the first few holes but slowly lost a couple to our opponents, who were also playing poorly, but not quite so badly as us. Both Dave and Gavin managed to win a couple of holes each, but by the time they came to the end of the 15th, they were four down and decided that the weather was the definite winner of the day, having totally demoralised all of us. We walked in to find most of the other teams had similar ideas and were sitting in the lounge!
The third team out were Ian Jackaman and Franco Calandrini. They had close game in difficult conditions, the rain started on the second hole and didn't stop! They were all square after 9 and could have walked in as the four of them were totally drenched, but the Long Sutton spirit made them finish the 18 holes and we were congratulated by the rest of us for finishing al 18 holes even though the game finished on the 17 as they lost 2&1.
Next out were Bill Campbell and Alex Morrice. They were having a good game and were 1 up after 12, but the rain meant Alex could see nothing through his glasses. He took them off to putt but the results were disastrous and they lost 3 and 2. They were one of the few who finished and on the famous 12th hole they all played provisional balls!
Chris Hockey and jolly Jimmy Quinn were paired together in the 5th match out. They both started well and were two up after 4 holes. The opposition pulled it back to all square after 7 and a rain effected match finished early with the match captain declaring it a half, although in fairness to Farrington they were actually 2 up when they swam in!
The last pair were Steve Uzzell and Phil Bowditch and like the team before them they only managed to play nine holes Although the first four holes were shared, they were four down by the time the weather got the better of them.
All in all not the best of afternoons but Farrington seem to have coped with the conditions better than us, and certainly the later starters had the worst of it. Thanks to everybody who turned out and let’s hope for better luck next time.
Seniors Avalon League v Mendip Spring
Seniors Avalon league update
The team played their second match away to Mendip Spring last Monday.
First out were Martin Hawkins and myself. Not quite at our best, but nevertheless we played par golf and won fairly comfortably 4 and 3.
Next out were John Parkinson and Nick Goodliff. A strong pairing who despite giving quite a few shots finished strongly to win 3 and 2. Two up
Norman Banfield and Hugh McGuire followed, giving a few shots which their opponents took full advantage of and ended up winning 3 and 2. 2 - 1.
Next out were Rich Bartin and Geoff Monks. This was a very tight match with leads changing hands a few times. Rich and Geoff went to the last needing a birdie to halve the match. Both unfortunately just missed putts and they ended up losing 1 down. Match all square 2 each.
Last out were Martin Abbott and Rob Ford. This match was a few holes behind the others and no one knew the latest! I went out and saw them on the 17 th . Both Martin and Rob had great drives but proceeded to top their next two shots! It looked as if they were going to lose the hole so I asked how the match was going. Martin said " we have already won 3 and 2!" Phew .
Well played all. A difficult place to play. Wedmore lost 5 nil the previous week!
Seniors Avalon match v Wheathill - away
The season's first match was away to Wheathill. Last season we lost 4 1/2 to 1/2 ! We were well beaten.
First out was John Parkinson and Mike Poole. They unfortunately came across a pair on great form and receiving quite a few shots. Ultimately, Wheathill won 4-2. 1 down.
Next out were Martin Hawkins and myself. This ended up as a match which both Martin and I described as one of the hardest matches we had played in.
The match contained 11 birdies. We eventually settled for a half after both pairs had chances to win on the last hole.
Third out were Rich Bartin and Geoff Monks. They raced into 3 hole lead , which they maintained for most of the match. They were, however, pegged back but held on to win 1 up.
Fourth out were Phil Bowditch and Martin Abbott. The match was a very close one with Phil winning the 13th with an eagle. This ultimately was the turning point and they won 2 and 1.
Last out were Norm Banfield and Hugh McGuire. Again a close match before eventually winning fairly comfortably 3 and 2.
This was a very good start to the campaign .
Well done team, Mendip Spring next, again, away.
Seniors Invitation - played on the 11th May 2017
The weather was fine with very little wind so the expectations from our Members and their Guests were high. We had 32 players in the Seniors Invitation a few more than last year and they all said how much they enjoyed the course and the lovely carvery cooked by Roger. My blobby pot raised £70 for my charity so thank to everyone who made a contribution.
The competition was a Stableford with both scores to count; the result was as follows :
1st Mike Bowling & Frank Martin 67 points
2nd John Packett & Nick Clarke 66 points
3rd Alec Lyon & Jerry Stephens 65 points
Nearest the pins : 5th Bill Bond, 7th Paul Chesney, 12th Bernard McTernan & 17th Rob Hartely.
Thank you all for taking part and to Chris Sutton for sorting the cards.
Rod Tucker, Seniors Captain