Long Sutton seniors v Lyme Regis
After our stunning success of the two match wins last week, this week, when we played our away match at Lyme Regis on 24th May, I was looking for three in a row. We came close, very close! I selected a strong team and as usual I selected a top golfer as my partner. Richard Bartin did his level best to carry me around a golf course that must have one of the best back drops of any golf course in the country, but on the day, it was mission impossible. It went to the last put on the 18th, which LR captain Paul and his partner John both missed and we didn't. We had snatched a half. In match 2, past seniors' captain Colin and Dave Kennedy also came close, but lost 2 and 1. The result of Match 3 was another close one, which this time it went our way with Jon Searl and Mike Poole securing a win, also 2 and 1. Then in match 4 and playing in his lucky light green shorts, John Jeanes was on winning form again and he and Tim Forward had a solid win by 3 and 2. Overall, after 4 matches, we were now 2 and a half to 1 and a half, looking good. Match 5 was yet another close one but Franco and Al Webber went down by another 2 and 1 result, leaving the overall result hanging in the balance. But the scales tipped in favour of Lyme Regis and with Dave Manning & Mike Bowling loosing 4 and 3 in match 6, the home team just took it by 3½ to 2½. Despite the result, the good company, good weather & a good golf course made it a very enjoyable day. Oh yes and the post match food was very pretty!
What a week - Seniors win again, against Cricket St Thomas
Our home match on Thursday 19th May was against local rivals Cricket St Thomas. A bit of a local derby this, with quite a few of the C S T team known to us. As always, in our seniors’ matches, this match was played in the best of spirits. Yet again I liked to pick a half decent golfer as my partner and as vice captain Rod had made himself available for this match, it seemed only polite to allow him to play with the captain. We teamed up in match 1 against their captain Nick Hill, playing off 28 and an octogenarian Keith Potter, still playing off 16, a top man. Keith hits a good ball & I can only hope to play as well as that when I reach 80, but there’s little chance of that happening, as I can’t play that well now! Nick used his extra shots well but we managed to turn the corner 1 up. Then Rod showered the back 9 with pars and the odd birdie and suddenly he had carried us to a win 4 and 3. Not sure if I came in on any of the holes, it’s so easy to forget things when you are a senior. I put the dynamic duo of Webber & Bartin out in match 2, looking to get us a win against ex LSGC member Roger Stone and his pal Alan Chance. I love it when a plan comes together and although the CST fought back from being 5 down after the first 6, Alan and Rich brought in a win 3 and 2. Malcolm Dennes and Peter Champness came up against better opposition in match 3 going down 3 and 2. How fortunes can change and after a rubbish round at Farrington on Tuesday, Dave Butcher was in the team again on Thursday and back on form. Playing in match 4, with newcomer to seniors inter club matches Steve Uzzell, this pair were 2 down after 2, but 2 up at the turn. They then dove tailed well and recorded and excellent win 4 and 3. Well done to both of you. Phil Bowditch playing in match 5 with Jon Thomas was still in winning form and together they dished out a bit of a thrashing, winning 5 and 4. One of their opposition, a really nice bloke called Nobby, who has hair that looks like a burst couch, was a bit disappointed after his post match shower to find no hair dryer, brush or comb in our changing room. Dave Kennedy and Len Collin also each recorded their second win of the week for the club, playing together in match 6 with another great win 4 and 2. The Long Sutton seniors’ team had recorded a decisive overall win of 5 matches to 1 and it has been a great week to be seniors’ captain. My thanks to all those who have played, particularly to Steve Uzzell, for making himself available for the first time. By the smile on his face I think he enjoyed the experience and I look forward to more seniors, we now have 157 members of our section, to put their names forward for an inter club match. I think you will be amazed by how much that you will also enjoy it. The team for next week, to play away against Lyme Regis has already been selected, but with lots more matches to play there are still plenty of opportunities to get involved.
Regards to one an all,
Chris Hockey Seniors' Captain
Seniors emphatic win at Farrington Park
On Tuesday May 17th, we took an extended, re-arranged team of 14 Long Sutton senior golfers to play our away match, at Farrington Park, along the A37 towards Bristol. We had arrived in plenty of time and I was tempted to try out their “extensive range of Techno-gym cardio and resistance machines followed by swim against a current of variable intensity in the Hydropool spa”. But not wanting to upset my usual warm up routine I decided to head into the club house for a coffee and bacon roll! Their match captain Phil Thompson (playing off 10) had elected not to open the batting and my carefully selected partner, our club captain John Williams and myself found ourselves in match 3. So first on the tee for us was Phil the power Bowditch and my Petherton pal Chris Thayer. They both played well and brought home our first win by 2 and 1. In match 2 our I.T. guru Dave probably wished he had stayed home and written a bit of computer code rather than play golf with partner “bionic bits” Gavin as they suffered a bit of a thrashing and could have walked in after 12 holes. Club captain John and Seniors Captain Chris got off to a reasonable start in match 3, but then that man Phil Thompson showed off a bit. On the par 4, 4th hole, I managed a very rare birdie, sinking a 40 foot put (or was it 50 foot), only to find we hadn’t won the hole, we hadn’t even managed to half the hole. Phil had chipped his second shot in, for an eagle, “well played” I said, with gritted teeth! John was straight back at them, winning the next hole and by the 8th he was really playing well. Par, par, par, par……… only dropping 3 shots in the next 9 holes to secure us a great win 2 and 1. But I do think my half on the 15th was the clincher! Well played John, it was a pleasure to watch. John Jeanes, playing in almost colour co-ordinated green jumper and greenish shorts, was up next with Dave Kennedy. The weather had turned decidedly un-clement after about an hour or so and Dave tells me that by the 9th hole John’s soaking wet shorts were dripping water onto his summer weight shoes and things were not looking pretty. They were already 5 down and being a complete gentleman and slightly tongue in cheek, Dave offered the opposition a half for the match and suggested they walk in. The opposition elected to play on and go for an easy win. Well, with a come back second only to the return of Lazarus, our boys done good, extremely good and they went on to win the match by 2. What a result. Franco, playing with Billy Bond in match 5, had his skilful chipping and putting game on top form and with Bill using his shot well on the 18th they won the match by 1. John Rooks and Len Collin came up against better opposition on the day and went down 4 and 3 and this just left match 7. Gentleman Douglas Hamilton and the smartest dressed player on the course, Peter Hill, enjoyed an excellent round of golf and also just won by 1. Some close matches indeed. It was the best result we have had so far in my captaincy year and I was really proud to stand up after a most excellent roast beef meal and announce the overall match result. We had won by 5 matches to 2. Thank you all for playing and for contributing to an excellent day out.
Chris Hockey Seniors' Captain
The Seniors invitation was held om Thursday 12th.
The competition was won by Malcolm Betambo (who scored 42 points) and his partner Geoff Linsey with a combined score of 71.
The nearest score to that was 64 and that was achieved by two teams.
Glyn Ottery and Jeff Sanders came second on count back pushing Rod Tucker and our ex-colleague David Scott into third place.
All results are below.
Club Captain John Williams won both nearest the pin in 2 on the 5th and nearest the pin on the 17th!
Thanks to all those seniors and their guest who played in the competition.
|1st||Malcolm Betambo & Geoff Lindsey|
|2nd||Glynn Ottery & Jeff Sanders|
|3rd||Rod Tucker & David Scott|
|4th||Gavin Baker & Anthony Blair|
|5th||Alastair Mullineux & P Vaughn-France
Mike Bowling & Frank Martin
|7th||Chris Hockey & Nick Larcombe
John Williams & John Hall
|9th||Malcolm Dennes & Colin Gould|
|10th||Martin Abbott & Steve James
Peter Smart & Rod Dyson
|12th||Colin Hardaway & Brian Thair|
|13th||Larry Jeram-Croft & P Spens-Black|
|14th||Julian Staplton & C Gallaway|
"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.