The Seniors v The Dorset - at last a win !
An excellent result from our visit to The Dorset. In a very close match we finally won by 3 1/2 to 2 1/2.
Martin and I were up against it from Hole 1. When I rolled in an 8 ft putt for birdie I thought the least we would get would be a half however our 'friend' on the opposition rolled his in and promptly said 3 net 2 'I get a shot' That's how it went for the rest of the round.
Phil & Bill (got a nice ring to it!') won 7/6 with both players playing very well,and keeping us level.
Match 3 John W & Franco had a tough game and came through 2 & 1.Unfortunately Dave & John J. ran into a pair in form and lost 5/4. The two John's J.P. & J.R. won their match 1 up.Winning on the last green.
So with us 1 game to the good and pairing of Gavin and Colin all square on the 18th (they would have won it anyway) accepting an honorable draw, we won the overall match.
A big thank you from me to all you guys who made yourself available and traveled to The Dorset.
Mike Bowling Match Captain.
The Seniors retain the Jurassic Challenge Trophy
Long Sutton Seniors again entered a team for The 2017 Jurrasic Challenge at Lyme Regis Golf Club, having successfully walked away with all the spoils last year! This year however we were only able to enter one team led by ex Seniors Captain Glyn Ottery. He and partner Len Collin were the defending leading points scorers in the 4 ball better ball competition. However neither of them was on top form this year and there would be no repeat of last year's performance as they turned in an inconsistent but creditable 39. However the second pairing of Phil Bowditch and Mike Layzell stepped up to the plate with a score of 42 and won a close fought competition on count back to retain the title for Long Sutton. Our third pairing of Rich Bartin and Steve Uzell checked in with a strong 41, whilst Martin Hawkins and Gavin Baker also returned a 39, with Martin winning a 2 spot on the 9th hole. This gave the Long Sutton Team a combined score of 161 which once again landed us the Team Trophy for a second consecutive year. Well done to everyone and thanks for turning out twice in 14 days, the first attempt at staging the competition having been abandonned shortly after the start because of fog! Thanks to Glyn for leading the team and thanks too to Peter Hill for orgainsing the entry, albeit at a distance - he's currently cruising the Danube I believe!
Len Collin on behalf of Glyn Ottery, who is dashing off on his holidays tomorrow, and the rest of the team.
The Seniors v Kingweston (Home)
The first pairing of Roger Brassington Mike Layzell lost 5and4
We were 3 down from the outset and never recovered. The opposition played very well, especially Rod Burnett (off 26) who we think was Nick Faldo in disguise.
The second pairing of Malcolm Betambo and John Jeanes played solid golf to beat a strong pairing 2 and 1.
The third pairing of John Packett and Bernard McTernan met a pair from Kingweston in top form and lost 6 and5.
Next up were Cyril Griffin and Paul Harris who had a close game but eventually were beaten 3 and 2.
Steve Uzzell and Dave Butcher were 2 down at one stage but rallied and won by 1 hole.
Finally came Peter Bell and Bob Horne. The whole result hinged on this last game and at one time Peter and Bob were 2 up but were brought back to all square in a very competitive match which was halved.
Result. Kingweston won 3 1/2 to 2 1/2.
A great day out and enjoyed by all.
The Seniors v Axe Cliff (away)
On Thursday 3rd April 2017 Long Sutton Seniors, under the Captaincy of Rod Tucker played away against Axe Cliff.
The first team, Captain Rod and Bill Bond (S.S.G.C.), had a very close match eventually losing on the17th Hole 2&1.
The 2nd team out were Malcolm Dennes and John Whitehead who battled hard but went down by the same score 2&1. I have been reliably informed that John's Driver never went much above tree height so well done John and well played to you both.
The 3rd team were the Captains Bankers, Glyn Ottery and Grahame Brimble, reunited again for the first time since they were together at Stanchester School, where Grahame was a milk monitor and Glyn was a Lady P E Teacher before his operation; they lost 2&1.
The 4th team Dave Butcher and Peter Hill had a great game and only lost on the 18th hole in a tight game that could have gone either way, well played.
The 5th team were Chris Hockey and Gordon Clamp. Well Gordon was praised by the opposition, as I'm sure was Chris, and his solo performance earned the only half point we got on the day. Nobody mentioned how Chris played, but never mind. Their match was halved.
The 6th team of David Kennedy and Peter Champness lost to a very strong Axe Cliff pair 5&4, but thank you both for playing.
Sorry I drifted off the subject but there was nothing very interesting about the Golf !.
Thank you all for playing.
The Seniors Long Vale Trophy
The Long Vale Trophy being presented to the captain of the winning team - 16th March 2017.
Rod Tucker, Peter Bell, Peter Clarke and Ian Jackaman narrowly scraped home with a winning margin of 0.3 of a point on the Net Scores!