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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

Jon Searl
Match Captain (no one else wanted it!)

Edited by Dave Butcher

Created: 20-Apr-16 21:33

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. 

Chris Hockey

Seniors Captain 

Created: 20-Apr-16 20:50

Seniors and Ladies Charity Day report.

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. 


Created: 14-Apr-16 18:45

Long Sutton Seniors success at the Jurassic Challenge match held at Lyme Regis golf club

Long Sutton Seniors - success by the sea! 

The inspired  team selection of Peter Hill and team captaincy of Mick Capps lead to a very successful  result  in the Jurassic Challenge held at Lyme Regis Golf Club. We entered 2  X eight man teams and played in pairs  against teams from 9 other West Country  clubs. A shot gun start at 8:45am meant that, having enjoyed fair weather  and stunning views for an enjoyable round of golf (oh those missed putts, again!) we were all back in the club house, in time for a late lunch. 
Peter, who unfortunately was unable to make the rearranged competition date, had requested that we all wore jackets and club ties for the after match meal. He had suggested, slightly tongue in cheek, that they would look good in the team photo, when we received the trophy. How right he was! 
There were prizes for nearest the pin, one was won my Nick Dennis, which he converted into a two spot for a further prize and another was won by Keith Lancey. In fact, when you achieve a "hole in one" you are pretty certain you will also pick up the nearest the pin and a two spot with just one magic stroke. Congratulations Keith and thanks for the glass of wine. Runners up for the best pair were LS seniors Keith and partner Phil Bowditch and the trophy for best pair was won by LS seniors Len Collin and Glyn Ottery, with Len scoring a very impressive 43 points. The overall winners of The Jurassic Challenge Trophy was the 8 man team of LS seniors lead by Mick Capps. I felt very fortunate indeed to be a member of the winning team. Well done to all 16 who took part and a special vote of thanks to Peter Hill for organising our entry. 
Chris Hockey
Seniors' captain LSGC
Created: 11-Apr-16 16:22

Seniors lose at home to Kingweston

In the first match between the captains and their partners it was all square at the ninth but  the
Kingweston captain, then unleashed a string of Birdies and Pars. He finished 2 under par for the round; Roger Brassington (Match Captain) and Alan Webber lost 3 and  2.
Next out were Dave Butcher and Ian Davidson who found themselves down by 2 after 2 holes. They pulled one back at the fourth only to lose the sixth. Then Ian won the eighth  and ninth to put the score all square at the turn. Ian won the eleventh and Dave the thirteenth to go 2 up. Kingweston came quickly back to win both the fourteenth and fifteenth. The sixteenth was halved. Ian then hit a super shot to the green for a two spot on the 17th as we went down the 18th dormie 1. The last  hole was  halved; Dave Butcher and Ian Davidson won 1 up.
Martin and Cyril were neck and neck throughout and Kingweston sank a putt on the last to halve.
Martin  Hawkins  and  Cyril  Griffin halved their match.
Bernard McTernan and Malcolm  Dennes had an extremely tight match but eventually lost 2 and 1.
Bob Fill and Simon Scarborough took an early lead which they held on to to win 2 and  1.
Brian Clarke and John Jeanes fell behind and even though they got close up on occasions could not sustain it, losing 4 and 2.
Long Sutton 2  1/2       Kingweston 3 1/2
Roger  Brassington 
Match Captain
Created: 11-Apr-16 15:51
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