The first match of the inter-club season and the last match against Minehead resulted in a comprehensive victory for the Seniors. Played in dry conditions with a cool coastal breeze, the strong looking (on paper at least) Long Sutton team were keen to get off to a winning start, which is just what happened.
Rookie match captain Bill Bond (20) and veteran playing partner Peter Bell(18) raced to 8 up! Home captain Graham and playing partner Bill were desperate to avoid a 10&8 defeat and become the worst ever performers in the history of Minehead Seniors. They needn't have worried as Minehead Bill stopped the rot on hole 9 for a half and captain Graham was so elated he walked off the green carrying the pin. Despite a spirited comeback Bill & Peter closed out on the 15th to win 4&3.
The strong pairing of Steve Uzzell (19) and Martin Hawkins (8) showed their class with a net eagle for Steve and at least 2 birdies from Martin on their way to a comfortable 4&2 win
Graham Brimble (16) and partner Mike (Strings) Stringer (18) playing against Minehead pair of Neil & Dermott were treated to a comical sideshow on the way to a 3&2 win. Teeing off on the 15th Dermott was missing. Looking back towards the 14th, the 84 year old Irishman was wrestling with his upturned trolley, bag on ground. After a quick rescue job Dermott was ready for action.
The 4th match pairing of Rich Bartin (9) and reigning Somerset Snrs Stableford champion Rich Axe (19) was the dream team. The promise of great things from this pair of winners was looking justified by claiming 5 birdies in the round. However, showing uncharacteristic complacency found themselves all square on the last tee. What happened next was a humbling experience for the serial winner Rich Bartin and his decorated sidekick Rich Axe. They were beaten on the last by 86 year old Dennis winning the hole with a good par.
We certainly had an embarrassment of Rich's!
In the penultimate match Gordon Clamp (27) was paired with the ultimate competitor Peter Hill (18). In a enjoyable nip and tuck encounter against plucky opponents Graham (18) and Dave (28) the Long Sutton veteran pair were 1 up going to the 18th. Despite an excellent birdie 2 from Peter, Dave sank a 25ft put for a nett eagle to halve the match.
In the spirit of true sportsmanship Peter and Gordon (not the 60s pop duo!) were pleased for Dave as it was the first time he had ever hit the green with his tee shot let alone a nett eagle!
No winners or losers here just highlights and lowlights of golf
Our own seniors Chaplain, Rev Robin Ewbank (24) had quite an influential debut.
Playing with partner Mike Poole (14) they secured a 4&2 win following an extremely rare one putt for Mike. Devine intervention at play? According to Dr Billy Graham (died aged 99 on previous day) "God answers prayers everywhere, except on a golf course!" All this and a really well received grace before the meal. Thanks Robin.
Well played team and thanks