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
Past Captain's Away Day at Honiton
John Evans receiving the Past Captains Trophy on behalf of his team from Past Captain Colin Hardaway
John Williams, John Evans, Len Collin and Chris Hockey winning team Click to view all 11 images...
Glynn Ottery, Simon Scarborough, Peter Hill and Bill Bond runners-up.
Dave Butcher, Rod Tucker, Mike Bowling and Paul Harris: Third Place
Mike Poole, Alsatair Mullineux, Len White and Peter Benn. Fourth placed team.
Steve Hollaway, John Thomas, Keith Lancey and Martin Hawkins. Fifth Placed team.
John Jeanes, Jon Searl, Rich Bartin and Mike Heyward. Sixth placed team.
John Packett, Colin Hardaway, Alan Webber, and Martin Abbott. Seventh placed team.
Chris Thayer, David Scott, John McGuiness and Nigel Griffiths: Eighth placed team.
John Whiting, Alec Lyon, Colin Allesbrook and John Paterson: Ninth team
George Bennett, John Whitehead, Richard Dore and Ken Jacobs were the team that came in last.
Monday 14th December and 40 Seniors gathered at Honiton Golf Club for the annual Past Captains Away Day.
This function is held to thank the members of the section who give their time to score the Thursday Competitions.
The competition was a modified Stableford held on a well grey day in December. The course although wet was in very good condition with fast firm greens, bunkers with sand that were playable (as I found out a few times) and fairways cut as if it was summer.
As the competition progressed so did the grey skies into becoming black as the wind and rain lashed the players.
Eventually, Captain John Williams who had arranged the function (along with Seniors Captain Chris Hockey) reduced the competition to nine holes to allow the very wet competitors to retire to the club house.
After suitable refreshments the Seniors sat down to a very fine Turkey Dinner.
The results of the day were as follows;
Christmas Hat Competition was won by Ken Jacobs.
An optional two spot competition was held with Chris Hockey the only winner. Half the proceeds went to Chris's charity Cancer Support UK
The Winners and winners of the Past Captains Trophy were John Evans (Team Captain), John Williams, Chris Hockey and Len Collin.
Second Place team captained by Glynn Ottery, Peter Hill, Simon Scarborough and Bill Bond.
Third placed team captained Rod Tucker, Mike Bowling, Paul Harris and Dave Butcher.
Fourth Mike Poole (Captain), Alastair Mullineux, Len White and Peter Benn.
Fifth Martin Hawkins (Captain), John Thomas, Keith Lancey, Steve Holloway.
Sixth Rich Bartin (Captain), John Searl, John Jeanes, Mike Heywood.
Seventh Alan Webber (Captain), Colin Hardaway,John Packett, Martin Abbott.
Eight Nigel Griffiths (Captain), Dave Scott, Chris Thayer, John McGuiness.
Nineth Alec Lyon (Captain), John Paterson, John Whiting, Colin Allesbrook.
Tenth Richard Dore (Captain), John Whitehead, Ken Jacobs, George Bennett.
Photos are attached but please excuse those that are a bit fuzzy.
Long Sutton Seniors Raise £802 for the Macmillan Nurses Yeovil
Seniors Captain Chris Hockey handed over a cheque for £802.17p to Stacey Young, an Acute Oncology Nurse at the Oncology Unit at Yeovil Hospital. The event was attended by Alex Kersey-Brown and Consultant Oncologist Matthew Sephton.
The money was raised at the recent Animals golf event at Long Sutton Golf Club which was organised by Alex and his partner Eliza. Alex and Eliza also arranged a Skittles event at the The Brewers Arms South Petherton which raised a further £564.78p.
Peter Hill wins the Seniors Whisky Trot
Thursday 12th November and the Seniors held a Whisky Trot.
The winners were;
First was Peter Hill who hit 35 points and won on count back on the last 3 holes. Peter received a bottle of Glenfiddich Malt Whisky from Captain Chris Hockey.
Second was Bob Horne who also hit 35 points but lost out to Peter on count back. Bob wins a bottle of blended Whisky.
The third prize goes to Richard Axe who also hit 35 points but lost out to both Peter and Bob on count back over the last 6 holes. Richard will receive a miniture bottle of Whisky in the shape of a golf ball.
Animals run riot at Long Sutton during the Macmillan Animals Competition.
Mike Layzell overall winner
Paul Harris receives the King of the Jungle (Elephant) prize for the least number of Animals Click to view all 4 images...
Dave Butcher being presented with a cuddly Monkey as the prize for collecting the most number of Monkeys
Mike Richards receives the Camel Trophy for being in the bunkers more than anyone else.
What an incredible effort! From registration at 7.30am with Eliza, Coleen, Sandra & Valerie a massive thanks to every helper & every contributor. It was obvious from the reaction of those taking part that Macmillan & their Animals were going to be amazed! The generosity of the Long Sutton Seniors & those who sponsored & donated was extraordinary. Much humour was displayed handing in the 'fines' cards which made the day so worthwhile.
Congratulations to Mike Layzell who won the Hares Trophy for the best stableford score & to Paul Harris for only collecting one animal to win this year's 'King of the Jungle' trophy. Dave Butcher spent the most time in trees to win the rather special monkey (See pic!)
Huge thanks to Ian Davidson for handling the finance, John Packett & Ray Boulton for checking the Animals fines cards, to Norman, Gill & Sandra for setting up the computer & processing the stableford results. Also to John Nicholson for creating the fines cards, Dave Butcher & Chris Hockey for their tremendous input.
Grateful thanks to Graham & Felicity Holloway for allowing the extra facility on the course.
A big thankyou for the fantastic donation of £802.17
from Macmillan Oncology Unit, Yeovil Hospital.
Dodo Prize - For the most number of lost balls - Bob Eckland
Snake Prize - For the most number of three putts or more - Paul Sandy
Camel Prize - For the most number of bunker shots - Mike Richards
Alligator Prize - For the most number balls hit into water hazards - Chris Warren
Nobody collected a zoo (ie all animals in the round)