Seniors have a convincing win at Wheathill
Wednesday 27th July, saw a fine all round team performance from Long Sutton Seniors away at Wheathill when they won by 5½ to ½.
On a difficult windy showery morning, we had some excellent golf played.
We had no less than four pairs winning by the handsome margin of 4 and 3 - Chris Thayer & Gavin Baker, Rich Barton & Peter Hill, John Packett & Malcolm Dennes and Steve Uzzell & Keith Lancey.
The other winning match finished 3 and 2 to Alan Webber & Mike Bowling.
The last team of Mike Capps & Dave Butcher had a tight game with the pair being down by 3 at the turn but managed to pull the game back for a draw. The card showed the opposition to have won four holes with one bogey(net par) and three pars. The Long Sutton pair won four holes with 3 pars and a birdie. The remaining holes were all halved with pars being scored. Some good golf especially as Mick had to give each of the opposition 8 strokes and his partner 9.
Mike Bowling - Match Captain
SENIORS THROUGH TO THE SEMI-FINAL
The seniors bowl team have reached the semis for the second year in succession.
Well done all.
Seniors beat Rushmore Seniors at Home
After losing both fixtures last season this was a match that we needed to win.
The course was in fine condition but was tricky with bright sunshine (just one short sharp shower!) and a stiff breeze.
The first team out was myself and Vice Captain Rod Tucker. The opposition, we found, were determined as we were 3 down at the turn. We rallied in the back nine to turn the match in our favour to win by 2 and 1.
Second out were Julian Stapleton (20) and David Kennedy(21) and were up against a pair of 16 handicappers who showed their mettle, but our pairing stayed the course coming in with a well fought half.
The third team of Peter Hill(18) and Len Collin(26) were up against Ray Francis (10) and Vice Captain Max Williams (22). Ray won the nearest to the pin (for Visitors) on the 17th . However, the home pair kept their cool and came home 2 and 1.
Ex-Captain Colin Hardaway, who was nursing a torn muscle and playing off 16 and youngster Steve Uzzell (20) came home with the best result of the day; 6 and 4 against a pair of 17 handicappers.
Martin Abbott (12) and Alastair Mullinuex (21) came up against an in form pair of Mike Gibbons (15) and Steve Burfitt(23) to go down 2 and 1
The final pairing of John Pearson (26) and Dave Butcher (now 21) came up against an old work colleague of Dave's John Blakesmith (15) and Z Wicking (known as Wicks and playing off of 18). Teeing of from the 16th the home team won the first hole with both players having a stroke allowance. However John Blakesmith soon put that right with a par on the 17th followed by a win on the 18th. We won the 1st to level the score and then halved the second before John Pearson soon showed the day he was going to having by winning the 3rd, to go 1 up; a lead that was retained until the 10th with both players winning holes or losing them. Then John Pearson lead the home pair home by winning the 11th, 12th and 13th to win the match by 3 and 2. During the tremendous downpour we had during the match, John Pearson also won the nearest to the pin in two on the fifth (for Home Players) . Indeed, he was the only Long Sutton player to hit the green in two that day.
An excellent all round team performance saw Long Sutton Seniors beat Rushmore Seniors 4.5 to 1.5.
The return fixture is on August 2nd with a first Tee Start of 10:30am. Lets do it again and return the favour of last year and beat them on their own track!!
Thank you all the Long Sutton team for making this a very enjoyable day for me as your Match Captain.
Seniors v Enmore Park – What a fantastic result
When we played the Enmore Park away fixture, back in March, we suffered a defeat 5 matches to 3. I was very keen to turn the tables on them for our home fixture.
With club captain John Williams, teeing off with me in the opening match and a strong 16 man team, we set about the task. John played some great golf early on and we quickly went 2 up. Enmore captain Paul and his partner Tony then won 3 in a row and we turned the corner 1 down. The match had started in lovely sunshine but the rain, that was forecast, arrived and after an hour or so, we were wet, vey wet. Paul & I did have a brief chat on the 10th tee about making it a 9 hole match. But we’re British, we don’t let a bit of rain put us off, so off we teed down the 10th and I am so glad we did. The rain did ease off, my golf improved, John played some more steady stuff and having won 5 holes in a row, we secured a win 4 and 2. Great start, but even better was to come.
In match 2, Martin Abbot & Nigel Griffiths had another great win 4 & 3.
We stumbled very slightly in match 3 with John Pearson and John Thomas getting a half, only for more good news from match 4 where Jimmy Quinn and Bill Bond won 2 and 1.
The rest of the news was just, good, good and good! Chris Thayer and Steve Uzzell won 4 & 3, then John Rooks and Gavin Baker got in early from the rain, having managed a fantastic win in their match 8 & 7.
John Whiting & Alex Morrice kept the positive news coming with another win, this time by 5 & 4 and our tail end team of David Kennedy and Len Collin finished the overall match in style with yet another win for the home team by 4 & 3.
Our best result this year by a very impressive 7 ½ to a ½. Thanks very much to everyone in the Long Sutton Seniors team, it certainly put a smile on my face. The match was followed by an excellent turkey carvery (it was beginning to feel a bit like Christmas!) with some convivial conversation.
Chris Hockey Seniors Captain
Seniors lose at Kingweston
Monday 27th June saw Roger Brassington lead a team from Long Sutton to the course at Kingweston.
The course was in excellent condition, but the greens tended to be slow and even though we lost heavily, the games in many cases, were keenly contested and on another day it could have been a different result.The home side were in good form and used the home leg to their advantage.
Match Captain Roger Brassington playing alongside Martin Abbot lost 4 &2.
The second team of Franco Calandrini and John Jeanes lost as well, 7&5
The third team of Steve Uzzell and John Rooks played well to score a half
Fourth team out was John Whitehead and Alan Webber and they played a tight game losing by 1 hole.
Similarly, Bob Fill and Cyril Griffin also lost by one hole.
The final team of Peter Champness and Jimmy Quinn lost 4&3.
Overall Long Sutton lost 5 ½ to ½ .
Roger Brassington won nearest the pin on the 17th.
After the match, we retired to the Quarry Inn in Keinton Mandeville, where an excellent meal was enjoyed in a convivial atmosphere. Jimmy Quinn then told us a few jokes, so apart from the result an extremely enjoyable day.