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.
Seniors and Veterans Championship
Presentation of the Seniors Champion's Trophy to George Ceely.
Presentation of the Seniors Net Champion's Trophy to Richard Overson Click to view all 5 images...
Presentation of the Veterans Champion's Trophy to Peter Bell
Presentation of the Veterans Net Champion's Trophy to Peter Bell
Seniors Championship BBQ
The Seniors and Veterans Championship was held over 36 holes on the 21st and 23rd June.
The Seniors Championship played off of the Whites tees is open to all members of the Seniors Section whose handicap is held at Long Sutton.
The Seniors Champion is the player who scores the lowest gross score over the 36 holes.
This year the Champion was George Ceely with a total of 162. The runner-up was John Parkinson with a score of 167.
The Seniors Net Champion was Richard Overson with a net score of 141 with Nigel Griffiths as runner-up on 147.
The Veterans Championship (for those over 70 years) is played off of the Yellow Tees.
The Veterans Champion this year was Peter Bell with a total of 187. Gavin Baker was runner-up with a score of 191.
Peter also won the Net Championship for the Veterans with a score of 151 with Peter Champness as runner-up on 153.
Following the second round of the Championship, the players participated in a splendid BBQ cooked by our very own Seniors Champion George.
SENIORS DRAW AWAY TO THE ISLE OF WEDMORE
On Tuesday 7th June 2016 Long Sutton Seniors, under the captaincy of Rod Tucker played away to the Isle of Wedmore
The 1st team out were Nigel Griffiths (13) and Chris Thayer (17) who gave us a great start winning 2 & 1
The 2nd team was Douglas Hamilton (12) and Peter Hill (18), Peter dovetailed very well and they had the biggest win of 3 & 1. Well played to you both.
The 3rd team was Match Captain, Rod Tucker (10) and first time at I.O.W
John Jeanes (19) against Wedmore Captain Mike Tanswell (17) and playing partner Terry (18). It was a close match with Long Sutton always behind, and 2 down with 2 holes to play. Rod’s par won the 17th and John had a great 3 on the18th to half the game. Nerves of steel, well played John.
The 4th team Gavin Baker (18) and Alan Webber (13) lost by 1 hole . (Maybe Gavin’s bionic bits need tweeking).
The 5th team of Dave Butcher (20) and late again Len Collin (26) got a great half against a good Wedmore pair, well played.
The 6th & 7th teams Jon Packett (18) and Simon Scarborough (15) and Phill Bowditch (8) and John Whitehead (17) both lost their games to strong Wedmore pairings.
The 8th team was Richard Bartin (9) and Martin Abbott (12). With the match depending on this result, around the corner came a performance which would have graced any panto you have ever seen, the shaking of the head to the dropping onto his knees it was pure theatre, Widow Twanky this Christmas, for you Mr Bartin !!! But this win halved the match and it was an honourable draw, well done to you both.
The only controversy was on the nearest the pin hole on the 9th. Wedmore Captain Mike had pulled his tee shot over the hedge and green keeper’s hut, but when we arrived on the green there was his ball, nearest to the pin, was it DIVINE INTERVENTION or more maybe the “HAND OF GOD” , neither, it was the hand of HAMILTON , Douglas had found the ball and thrown it onto the green. It took him 2 throws as the first one hit a tree. (That’s another club we can’t take Douglas back to!!).
Thank you all for playing.
A great day, great food and great company.