Match report - LSGC Seniors v The Dorset, away fixture.
With back to back matches on Monday 10th & Tuesday 11th October, I was pleased to field two completely different teams. In fact an extended team of 14 seniors made the trip to Bere Regis and beyond, on the 11th to compete in 7 x 4 ball matches. There is quite an impressive set up at The Dorset Golf & Country Club. I remember staying at the lodges there, a couple of years ago, when a crowd of LSGC seniors had 2 nights and 3 rounds of golf there, most enjoyable, except for the fines imposed by Mr Williams!
Even before he had won the Division 2 championship and the SGU Seniors’ Stableford Competition, I had selected Bill Bond as my partner for this match. Now on a winning streak, with the natural class of a gifted golfer seeping from his pores, I was very pleased to have Bill as my partner. What could go wrong? In fairness, Bill’s class did come through, on more than one occasion, especially when he put the ball 18 inches form the hole on the par 3, 13th. The put was given, only for their captain, Martin, to sink his from 12 feet, also for a two. As B.B. said, we were mentally trodden on. We let a 2 hole advantage slip away and eventually lost our match on the 17th, Bugger!
Colin Hardaway and Rich Bartin did better in match 2 where they secured a half. Ex club captain Richard Bartin has been particularly helpful to me during the year. With his agreement, in previous matches, I have partnered him with some of the seniors representing our club for the first time. They haven’t always won, but valuable experience has been passed on, especially how to keep smiling. Thanks Richard, you are a star.
There was better news from John Packet and Alan Webber who had a win 2 & 1 in match 3. Looking back, I see that Alan has turned out 19 times for inter club matches this year and only lost one of them, quite an achievement Alan, well done.
In match 4 Peter Hill & Mike Layzell found it wasn’t their day and they went down 4 &3, but more good news in match 5 where Gavin Baker & Phil Bowditch won a tight match on the 18th. Great finish.
Mike Bowling & David Kennedy were paired up in match 6, but it was not their day either and they lost 6 & 5 leaving my hopes resting on Len Collin & Richard Axe in match 7. It was not to be, however and with the last pair loosing 4 & 3 the overall result was a win for the Dorset G & CC by 4½ to 2½.
A quart of foaming Dorset ale and an excellent post match meal followed, along with the usual exchange of pleasantries between their captain and myself. My sentiments were honestly expressed, as I really did enjoy playing the Dorset course & the food was top draw. Most of all though, I enjoyed the company, especially the company of the senior golfers from Long Sutton Golf Club. It was a bit embarrassing when Bill Bond stood up at the end of our day in Dorset and said some very kind words. Thanks Bill. That almost left me speechless, but not quite!
This was my last match as seniors’ captain and checking back there have been over 60 seniors who have joined me and the other match captains to play in the interclub matches. I hope all of you have enjoyed it as much as I have, it has been great. Thanks for your company.
LSGC – Seniors Captain
Match report – LSGC Seniors v Cricket St Thomas, away fixture.
Originally scheduled for September this return match was played on 10th October in bright, if slightly chilly conditions. I haven’t played at this club for some years and I was keen to see the improvements I had heard about. There was certainly evidence of this in the club house, but less so on the course. It is still a lot of “up hills and down dales” and my opinion was probably not helped when gremlins entered my electric trolley and I ended up pushing from the 7th hole. Those hills get steeper when you are pushing, believe me!
I was out first with playing partner Mike Poole and he did a fine job of holding us together to get us a half.
Rod Tucker and Chris Thayer secured another half in match 2. Match 3 with Steve Uzzell and Chris Slocombe was lost 5 and 4 and another loss in match 4 with the two blokes from Stoke, Graham Brimble and Gordon Clamp going down 4 and 2. Malcolm Dennes & Peter just lost out on the last put on the last hole, but still managed a half and in the last match Dave Manning and Franco Calandrini had the best win of the day by 6 & 5, great result. Overall we had just been beaten by 3½ t o 2½. The dress code to follow the match was smart casual with a cold meat buffet, both of which went down a lot better than the joke I told!
LSGC – Seniors’ Captain
The Seniors Captain's Charity, Cancer Research UK, presented with a cheque for over £2,000
Every year the seniors captain nominates a charity that he wishes to support during his captain’s year and this year I nominated Cancer Research UK. The members of the seniors’ section have been exceptionally generous with their support, especially with the regular contributions to “The Blob Pot”, following our weekly competitions. On Thursday 6th October, in the good company of a crowd of fellow seniors, I was very pleased to present a cheque for over £2,000 to representatives from the charity. Thanks very much for everyone who contributed and please give your support next year to Rod’s nominated charity.
Chris Hockey, Seniors Captain - Long Sutton Golf Club
The Walker Cup
Many thanks to all who took part in this year’s Walker Cup on 6thOctober. This is the annual challenge competition between the seniors in the 55 to 69 age group and the veterans who are a bit older. We raised £112 for St Margaret’s Hospice, which is Bill Walker’s nominated charity and this year the cup was won by the seniors.
The senior pair who managed the biggest winning margin in their 4 ball match were David Kennedy and John Jeanes. They were happy to receive the trophy on behalf of all those who played.
Well done to all those who supported this fun competition.
Chris Hockey Seniors Captain - Long Sutton Golf Club
The Seniors Avalon League
Seniors reach the final!
The Seniors Avalon league team played the semifinal at home last Monday and after an extremely tough match came out winners 3-2. At one time we were down in four and all square in the other.
The first pairing of Roy Parmiter and Rob Ford had a very tight match , eventually losing on the 18th. One down!
Second pairing of John Parkinson and Mike Poole ( unbeaten so far) were, in their own words, " lucky to win ", relying on four 30ft plus putts the last of which was on the 17th to win the match. All square !
The third pairing of Norman Banfield and Steve Southgate were all square after 18!
The fourth pairing of Martin Abbott and myself were on the 15th dormy four up so unlikely to lose. BUT the last pairing of Hugh McGuire and club captain John Williams were two down playing the 17th.
So it was left to Norm and Steve to go down the 19th!!
Let us say tensions were high and after a fairly scrappy hole Norm sank a 3 footer to seal the match. Phew!
We now play Enmore Park on the 20th October at Worlebury, tee off at 11:30 am
Supporters very welcome .