LSGC seniors v Enmore Park seniors - 31st March
The seniors team representing LSGC for our inter club match at Enmore Park had a depth of experience. Past club captains and seniors' captains were on display, as the photo taken by current club captain, John Williams, records. This was another trip down memory lane for me as the drive to Enmore takes you through the leafy suburbs of Bridgwater and past Haygrove school. In my day it was called Dr Morgan's Grammar school, where I were educated. Some members of the 16 man team were seen to indulge in an energy providing pre-match bacon bap, but personally I prefer a Kit Kat halfway round, sometimes both!
I picked another top golfer as my partner and Alan Webber's great putt from way off the green on the 9th gave us a 4 hole lead as we turned the corner. Enmore captain Paul and his playing partner dug deep and made a great match of it, taking the result to the final putt on the 18th. We just won, by one!
In match 2, the experience of John Williams and Malcolm Dennes showed through as they recorded a win 3 &2. I politely asked the result of match 3 as Rich Bartin and Alastair came off the 18th. "We came third" was the reply, but they were still cheerful.
Chris Thayer and Julian met their match going down 3 and 2, which meant we were all square in the first 4 matches. Phil Bowditch and John Pearson were just pipped at the post losing by one and a jet lagged Peter Hill playing with Glyn also went down 3 and 2. My hopes now rested on the final two pairs. Andy Elfick & John Jeanes recorded a thumping victory finishing 4 and 3 raising my hopes, only to have them dashed. David Kennedy and John Whitehead couldn't quite get the result we needed and overall we lost to Enmore by 5 matches to 3. A couple of pints of Doom Bar and a glass of Merlot later, the result seemed somewhat less significant. Enmore Park is a great venue for golf, especially when the sun shines and you enjoy good company.
LSGC Seniors' captain
THE DRYER CUP 2016
The 2016 Dryer Cup concluded on 21st March, which turned out to be a wonderful day for golf, warm, sunny and windless. The USA team had a bit of a mountain to climb following the 1-6 drubbing in the fourballs but, with 17 points to play for in the Singles matches, anything was possible. With few shots around, it all depended on the golf on the day. Three matches were halved and others were close but Europe held on to their lead with a 9.5 - 7.5 win on the day, giving an overall result of 15.5 points to 8.5. Congratulations to them.
The competition now seems to be a popular addition to the Seniors’ calendar judging by the level of interest and support over the three years it has been run. The winter weather will, naturally, always be a factor but this year has demonstrated the enthusiasm for the event.
Dryer Cup Organiser
Long Vale Trophy Result
On Thursday the 17th March, in teams of four, 56 seniors competed for the 1st trophy of the year, The Long Vale Trophy. Most seniors will be aware that this was originally competed for between Long Sutton and Taunton Vale golf clubs, but with the sad demise of the Taunton club, we now compete for this as an internal competition and it was good to see so many of the ex T.V. members feature in a competitive field. I sound like a commentator at the Cheltenham races! It was a bit chilly for the early tee times, but the spring sunshine was a pleasure to enjoy and on the course you could see the results of the graft that Johnny Tulk and his team have been putting in. What a close competition. Club captain John Williams, teamed up with Chris Warren, Graham Brimble and Peter Bell & recorded a very credible net 66.1. They were just piped by seniors’ vice captain Rod who led Scottish Ian, new member Bill Campbell and chopper Axe to an excellent net 66. But neither team were in the top two slots! Paterson JR, Nick Dennis, John Jeanes and our I.T. guru Dave, recorded a net 65.7. Over post match sausage rolls, their team exuded disappointment when they recounted that having seen Nick stiff his chip just 2 feet from the pin on the second, the rest of the team couldn’t find a putt between them. But who am I to jest about those who miss short putts. JR and team were beaten by just 0.6 and with an excellent winning score of net 65.1 The Long Vale Trophy was won by big Jim Lloyd, Tim Forward, Nigel Griffiths and club vice captain John Blackwell. Congratulations. Played as a Florida Scramble, I found this a really enjoyable team format and as Mike Bowling commented to me, it is pretty much like playing in a 3 ball, and that keeps the overall match time well under control.
Chris Hockey Seniors' Captain - Long Sutton Golf Club
Early sign of Spring - the return of our Swans.
The pair of Mute Swans have returned to the pond on the eighth fairway. This picture was taken on Tuesday 1st March.
The swans are preening themselves on the side of the pond.
Captain’s report on the Long Sutton Seniors away match at Minehead & West Somerset Golf Club Thursday 18th Feb 2016
An early start meant scraping the ice off the windscreen before the drive to Minehead. The A39 is always a bit of a drive down memory lane for me. Passing the George Hotel at Nether Stowey (I married the landlord’s daughter back in ’72) the Plough Inn at Holford, the Hood Arms in Kilve and with bright winter sunshine glistening off the peaks at Butlins, I arrived in good time at the M & WSGC, as did all our team. With a first tee off scheduled for 10:30 it was a bit concerning to find no sign of the opposition by 10:15. Their pro shop confirmed it was an 11:30 start, (we hadn’t been advised of any change) but it just meant extra time to practice our putting.
Martin Hawkins, playing off 7 (I know how to pick my partners) teamed up with me in match number 1, against their captain Steve Kaye and Cliff. This was the first match we have played using the new 90% rule, instead of the 3/4s, when calculating the shots given. It does make a difference! Steve, playing off a h’cap of 15, would have received 6 shots from Martin and now got 7 and Cliff playing off 18 would have got 8 and now got 10. I am too embarrassed to mention how many shots I got, but sufficient to say, they came in useful on stoke index 11 and 12. Just as well Martin has broad shoulders as he, particularly his putting, kept us in the match, although we turned the corner 2 down. We pulled it back to all square, with the golfing gods continuously trapping Steve and Cliff in the same bunker on 13, which gifted us the hole & Martin sinking a great birdie putt from off the green on 14. Then I must have trodden in something because I totally fluked a chip in from 50 yards or so on the 16th, Martin won the 17th and suddenly we had won the match 2 and 1. Your captain was well pleased. In Match 2 Alan Webber and Franco finished off the opposition early with an excellent win of 5 and 4. In Match 3 Dave Butcher tells me that he and Tim Forward got themselves to 3 up, by the 10th, but managed to snatch a defeat from the jaws of victory and eventually lost 2 and 1. In match 4, JP and Simon Scarborough got off to a shaky start with one of the opposition playing an incredible short game. Having gone 2 down our pair fought back, turned the tables and eventually closed out the match on the 17th winning 2 and 1. Unfortunately the tail did not wag and with Richard Bartin & Len Collin loosing on the last hole in match 5 and the 2 Johns, Whitehead and Rooks going down 3 and 2 in match 6, the overall result was a draw, 3 matches each. Having said that, Minehead had the home advantage, so I look on the result as a moral victory!
The sun shone on us, the course was dry and the company was good.
Chris - LSGC Seniors’ captain