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!
Seniors Past Captains' Away Day - Honiton 9th March 2017
Chris Hockey presenting the Past Captains' Away Day Trophy to Nigel Griffiths
Our first attempt to play was thwarted on the 12th December 2016 by bad weather, our only consolation being a bacon butty but a less than joyful drive back.
The rearranged date of 9th March was once again under threat of cancellation but our fears evaporated to bring a warm and windless day, ideal for golf. The course condition was unexpectedly good with only the occasional damp patch. Seven temporary greens prevailed however, all thankfully placed in front of their respective greens. The normal greens were in a very acceptable condition making life a little easier.
The first nine holes of the day were devoted to The Past Captains Away Day Trophy won this year with a very credible score of 19 Stableford points by Nigel Griffiths. Our most recent past Captain, Chris Hockey presented the Trophy to Nigel explaining a little of the events history.
The second nine holes were played, scoring in stableford in a Bowmaker format. The twenty players attending the event were divided into five teams of four of similar H/C strength. The scores ranged from 56 points to 45 points in total with prizes presented to the top three teams. Prizes were also awarded for Nearest the Pin for two par 3's and one par 4, after two shots, together with The Longest Drive, all listed below .
One person had a ' stonking ' round......Malcolm Dennes , who scored 18 and 25 for a total of 43 points on the day. I have told him I would report this unfortunate incident to Capt. Rod, at present on holiday in Spain, and that he should prepare himself for a cut to single figures on Rods return! The loss of colour in his face was quite alarming but we put a cold towel round his neck and he slowly recovered.
The late lunch at 4:30 was enjoyed by all. The main course was a home made chicken and mushroom pie followed by a restricted selection of seemingly only 200 delicious puddings! After lunch I presented the many prizes to the fortunate winners and set up the usual counselling for the remainder.
One had a real feeling that throughout the Honiton GC they wanted you to have a good day, from Adrian and his merry band in the pro shop to Gill and Sue in the restaurant, The service was excellent and helped to make it a very worthwhile day.
PRIZES TO :
The Past Captains Away Day Trophy Nigel Griffiths .
2nd and Runner Up Ian Jackaman
3rd Malcolm Dennes
Nearest the Pin 2nd hole David Scott
12th hole Malcolm Dennes
16th hole Martin Hawkins
Longest Drive 18thhole Richard Bartin
1st Douglas Hamilton Malcolm Dennes Franco Calandrini (Gavin Baker N/A) 56 points
2nd Martin Hawkins Bill Campbell Len Collin John Packett 53 points
3rd Richard Bartin Alastair Mullineux Ian Jackaman John Thomas 49 points
4th Nigel Griffiths Steve Uzzell Bob Smith Glyn Ottery 45 points
5th John Williams David Scott Chris Hockey Dave Butcher 43 points
Our grateful thanks to John Packett for scoring the results and to Len Collin for all his IT help before the event .