Seniors win at home against Honiton
On Tuesday 19th April saw Honiton Seniors arriving at Long Sutton for the first fixture to be played between the clubs at Long Sutton.
As third-choice Captain for the fixture I was very encouraged by the absence of cancellations in the selected team. In particular it was good to see Tim Forward, a player new to the Seniors’ section doing his bit for us. Martin Hawkins was another welcome face, not least for his intimidating handicap. We had a range of handicaps, 7 to 26, amply demonstrating that skill is no factor in putting together a team for any one of our friendly inter-club matches.
I had asked for fine weather, and we were given just that, with light winds, and a good amount of sunshine, all in all good golfing conditions. Honiton arrived in good order, in fact Dave Scott, our former section member, was early enough to take part in Andrew’s couching session .
First out were Peter Hill and Len Collin who had a very tight game with gimmies becoming a rare thing as the match went on. The match ultimately and rightly ended as a draw.
Second out were Simon Scarborough (15) and Dave Butcher (20). They were up against Alan an 11 handicapper and Mike on 18. The visitor started off with straight drives down the first, followed by Simon's. Dave's went left into the trees, however a good 5 iron got him back into striking range of the green. Luckily, for Dave, the visitors did not fare well with their second shots. Dave's third found him to the right of the green near the bank and a good chip shot gave him a gimme for 5 (Thank goodness for Andrew's coaching session earlier). The visitors along with Simon all hit 6. One up. The second hole was Dave's as well after a fine drive followed by a fluky thinned pitch shot that end at the back of the green then a chip and a putt for par. That was the end of Dave's performance. Alan (the 11 handicapper) then parred the next three holes. Simon did manage to halve the fourth so they were back to level by the sixth tee. The next two holes were halved and Simon won the eighth to put them back to one up. Simon and Alan both landed on the ninth green and both parred to halve the hole.
Alan then won the tenth to level the match again. At this point Alan's form started to fade whilst Simon start to find excellent form and won the eleventh, halved the twelfth, won the thirteenth and then halved the fourteenth. Mike the other visitor then won the fifteenth by beating his partner to the hole with a par and preventing him getting a birdie. Back to 1 up. The sixteenth was lost to a 6 from Mike (had a stroke) over Simon so all level as we started down the seventeenth. No one hit the green on the nearest to the pin hole, in fact, Dave's faded right never to be seen again. However, a solid chip and a putt from Simon put them one up again, where it stayed until the end of the match. According to Simon this was the best round he has had at Long Sutton since he joined from Taunton Vale; 34 points- well done.
I went out in the third group with Colin Hardaway, playing against Honiton’s Captain, Alan Pollock and his partner Tony Williams. Colin and I were really encouraged when Tony, a 13 handicapper, sent his opening drive 10 yards straight into the OB. We shared a look that said ’we’re in here!’ , however we were a little premature.
We took the first hole, but then Tony made a solid par at the second, having shown formidable length off the tee. I managed to birdie the third to go one up and the game was well under way then. We lost the fourth, won the fifth and were never down until much later in the round. Tony made a brilliant birdie at the eighth (!) and we were all square or one up from then on, despite Tony going OB twice at the twelfth. At the sixteenth we went behind for the first time. We halved the last two holes to lose by one hole. Alan played a solid supporting role, being another long hitter in comparison to either of us.
Colin has to take a major part of the blame for our loss. I think he has been reading some mind-game books, or possibly taking advice from a gypsy. For some reason he refused to clean any mud from his ball at any time during the round, which gave him a distinct disadvantage when putting. In any event the four of us enjoyed a really good game, played in the spirit we all might wish for.
The fourth team of Martin Hawkins and John Packett came home after an enjoyable round; winning 2 up.
Unfortunately, the fifth pair of Tim Forward and Andrew Elfick fought bravely but went down by one.
So it all depended on the last pairing of Gavin Baker and John Thomas and it was a relieved Match Captain to hear that they won 4 and 3.
One of the visitors, Malcolm Matthews, took the prize for nearest the pin on the seventeenth, showing appalling manners in beating the home captain to the prize. He was berated roundly at the presentation, (by the home captain!).
We all enjoyed meeting and playing with the Honiton Seniors, especially, this being the first time they have come to Long Sutton for a friendly match. We look forward to hosting them in the years to come.
Long Sutton 3½ Honiton 2½
Match Captain (no one else wanted it!)
Edited by Dave Butcher
Seniors halved the match against Orchardleigh
Report on Seniors v Orchardleigh, away, 12th April
It has been very remiss of me not to have taken advantage of the "joint membership" we currently hold with our associate golf course at Orchardleigh. Admittedly it's an hours drive to get tother side of Frome, but well worth it to enjoy golf in a parkland setting full of majestic, mature trees. I will certainly go again and I recommend that, if you haven't been already, you pay it a visit.
It had rained heavily the night before the seniors match, so conditions underfoot were a bit mucky and I was glad that clean and place was still the rule of the day. My playing partner Simon Scarborough and I teed off in the 3rd match against O'leigh captain Peter Maunder and his partner Paul. If only Simon had been called Mary, I would have found myself in the perfect American 60s folk band! You remember, "Puff the magic dragon", " Where have all the flowers gone?", but I digress. The normal hospitality we receive at these friendly matches was slightly in doubt early on, as a large bonfire sent clouds of smoke across the first fairway and as we gathered by the tee a tanker started to pump effluent from the septic tank close by! My faith in hospitable golfers was soon restored. Peter and Paul were great company and we halved the front nine. I noticed that some of those majestic, mature trees also had a magnetic ability to attract golf balls, especially mine! Simon played some great golf early in the back nine getting us to 2 up. We hung on to the lead and needed a putt on the 18th to win the match, which we did. The fact that I was the only one with a shot may of helped.
Alan Webber and Mike Bowling dovetailed nicely to win the first match 3 &2, with a sensational 50ft putt from Alan helping their cause. Does Mike help his cause by checking the wind direction, with pipe smoke?
In match two Peter Hill and Chris Thayer were 2 up at the turn but managed to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory going down 2 and 1. I am told Peter almost had a hole in one, but unfortunately he had teed off from the 12th and his drive landed close to the pin on the 11th!
Jon Searl and Peter Champness met their match in the next contest but there was better news from match 5.
Douglas Hamilton and big Jim Lloyd were 2 down on the fifteenth tee, but then turned on the power to win the last 4 holes, winning by 2.
No luck in the last match where John Thomas and Len Collin lost 3&1, but skill from Len with another 2 spot.
My faith in the hospitality we always receive on these away days was further enhanced when a pint of foaming Doombar greeted me on the sun drenched patio and an excellent carvery meal followed. Overall the match was halved, but as I have said before, when we are playing away, I see a half as a moral victory.
Seniors and Ladies Charity Day report.
The Seniors and Ladies who took part in the Charity Day event with the Charity representatives.
Christine Turner and Mick Capps who won the competition, being presented with the trophies by the Captains. Click to view all 24 images...
Bridget Caddy and David Kennedy who came second with the Captains.
Eliza Vail and Malcolm Betambo who took third prize.
Malcolm Dennes nearest to the pin on the 7th.
Chris Hockey, Sandra Basford, Val Fraser and Chris Thayer
John Pearson, Gwen Clarke, Connie Stolworthy and Rob Ford
Phil Bowditch, Angela Body, Christine Turner and Mick Capps
Ian Jackman Anne Agnew, Hilary Dennes and Mike Bowling
Malcolm Betambo, Eliza Vail, Chris Jowett and John Jeanes
David Kennedy, Bridget Caddy, Ann McRae and Joe Jowett
John Paterson, Carole Lancaster, Caroline Lumley-Frank and Alastair Mullineux
Gavin Baker, Gill Edwards, Sarah Manning and Tom Timms
Dave Butcher, Ruth Lloyd, Peter Champness and Malcolm Dennes
Peter Bell, Peter Hill, Sandra Ford and Len Collin
Ian Davidson, Keith Lancey, Brian Clarke and Jim Lloyd
Colin Hardaway and Clive Vain
Sandra Basford and Chris Hockey
Sandra who sponsored Arthritis Research UK
Seniors Captain Chris Hockey with the Cancer Research UK representative Gavin Roberts .
The Charity representatives Gavin Roberts and Adrian Williams
Jon Searl announcing the monies taken for the raffles and the event to be donated to the charities.
Lady Captain Sandra presenting a sleeve of balls to Carol.
Carol Searl presenting the prize for guessing the number of balls to Caroline Lumley-Frank.
On Thursday 14th April 18 mixed pairs and 5 Senior Pairs turned out for the annual charity day event.
The Charities this year are the Arthritis Research UK nominated by Sandra Basford Lady Captain and Cancer Research UK nominated by Chris Hockey Seniors Captain. Adrian Williams (Arthritis Research UK) and Gavin Roberts (Cancer Research UK) gave presentations on the roles undertaken by the charities.
The weather was good as well as the playing conditions.
The winners were as follows;
First Place with 40 points: Christine Turner and Mick Capps
Second Place with 38 points: Bridget Caddy and David Kennedy
Third place with 36 points: Eliza Vail and Malcolm Betambo ( NOTE: Colin Hardaway and Clive Vain scored 37 points but declined the prize)
Nearest Senior to the pin on the 7th; Malcolm Dennes
Nearest Lady to the pin on the 12th: No one. (Sandra awarded the prize to Carol Searl for her work selling raffle tickets and helping hubby Jon with the arrangements)
Guessing the number of balls in the bucket: Caroline Lumley-Frank
Photos by John Nicolson.
The event raised £530 which will be divided equally between the charities.