"Seniors Somerset Bowl success"
The first round of this year's Bowl competition took place at a windy (very, very windy) Oake Manor last Tuesday.
A tricky match versus Minehead (most of our pairs were giving quite a few shots) ended in a 3-2 victory for us.
The first pairing of Norman Banfield and Steve Southgate (unbeaten in almost 2 years) won convincingly.
The second pairing of Rich Bartin and Phil Lock (almost unbeaten in 2 years!!) also won well.
Third off was a new pairing of Pete Burch and Mike Poole who accounted for themselves very well in increasingly windy conditions.
Fourth out were myself and John Parkinson , we had a few senior moments , letting slip a very comfortable lead to lose narrowly after finding the water four times in 6 holes!
Last out were Martin Hawkins and Dave Manning who battled through the worst of the weather (we nearly sent a search party out to find them) but eventually lost 1 down.
Well done to the team, next opponents not yet known, either Weston or Tickenham.
Seniors lose to Farrington at Home
Report on Seniors v Farrington park at home - 3rd May
Having spent 2 weeks in the Cyprus sun it was great to come back to the UK and find we were playing golf in the sun here and how good is that! We welcomed the seniors of Farrington Park to a sun drenched Long Sutton and after a slightly “messy start” with a late team replacement, forgotten golf shoes and changes to the running order the match got under way. Gavin and his bionic bits (as Rod calls him) lead the way with John Jeanes and they recorded a great win by 5 and 4. Bill Bond and Dave Kennedy got promoted up the order to play in match 2, but finished in match 3, and after some nip and tuck were piped at the post to loose by 1. I selected yet another great partner for match 3, but FP captain David Elliot and his partner got off to a much better start and Phil Bowditch and I quickly found ourselves 2 down after 2. With Phil making par on both the 7th and 9th and me making good use of my shot on the 8th we turned the corner 1 up, only to loose the next 2 holes. Talk about nip and tuck! My drive on the 12th had a good look at the out of bounds beyond the hedge before the “power fade” kicked in and the ball landed on the green. Team FP were unimpressed by my 3 when they were looking at me having to play 3 off the tee! Phil kept us in it for the rest of the back 9 and we were all square up the 18th. Both FP Captain and I had a long putt to win the match, but neither of us was able to rise to the challenge A half was about right. In match 4 John Whitehead and JP came up against two players on form loosing 4 and 2 and then better news in match 5 where Dave Butcher and Peter Bell (who used to live in Cyrus) brought in another superb win 5 and 4. The overall match was now evenly balanced as I waited for the result of the last match. Unfortunately it was not to be as Chris Thayer and Andy Elfick came up against 2 FP players who managed 4 birdies and 10 pars on the day. Tough to beat that and our boys went down 4 and 3. The over all result was a win for FP by 3.5 to 2.5. Although there was no prize intended for two spots, after the meal I did present Gavin with a sleeve of balls. It’s not often you get a two on the 15th! Well done mate, drive and an 8 iron. Top golf with that bit of luck we all need on the day.
Long Sutton Seniors lose away to Bridport.
Thursday 5th May 2016
Game 1. Rod Tucker (9) & Graham Taylor (19), this was very much an up & down affair, with Long Sutton going 3 down early on, only to pull back to all square with a brilliant birdie from Graham on the par 5, 5th hole. We ended up 2 down with 2 holes to play. Rod then parred the 17th & 18th holes to halve the match, a fair result.
Game 2. Richard Barton(9) & Franco Calandrini (18) lost 5 & 3 to a good Bridport pair. This was a shame as they were the “Captain’s Bankers” or maybe I misspelt that phrase!!
Game 3. Mike Poole (13) & Peter Hill (18) had a very close game, just going down 2 & 1 on a Bridport course that was very difficult to hold the ball on the greens.
Game 4. Tim Forward (12) & Andrew Elflick lost 3 & 2. Thank you both for playing.
Game 5. Colin Hardaway (15) & David Kennedy (21) lost to a strong Bridport pair, 3 & 1
Game 6. Douglas Hamilton(12) & John Rooks (18) both playing at Bridport for the first time
lost 5 & 4. But now they know the course, just wait till next year, “if selected.”
Rod the Captain was hit on the head on the 3rd tee from a stray shot by a Bridport player.
The same player also hit his ball onto the 15th green and just missed Rod while he was putting.
“Did someone say this was a Friendly!! ”
Final Result Bridport 5.1/2 Long Sutton ½
Thank you all for playing