“Seniors’ captain, Chris Hockey, puts on a brave face while presenting The Redwood Cup to the ladies captain Sandra Basford”.
The second round of the Redwood Cup was played on 22nd September. This is the annual competition, played over two rounds, between the Senior Gentlemen of the LSGC and the Ladies of the club. Decided by the accumulated match play wins, over 2 rounds, the ladies had secured a substantial lead of 6 ½ to 3 ½ from the first 10 x 4 ball, better ball matches, played in May. With many of the ladies’ section committed to playing other competitions, this round was restricted to 6 matches. The gents were facing quite a challenge and could only afford to loose one match if they were to win the cup out right. A result on the day of a seniors’ win by 4 ½ to 1 ½ would mean the seniors retaining the cup by default. Nail biting stuff then!
A “gardening injury” resulted in me having a very poorly hip (everyone say ahhh) and I was pleased to receive a plea from John R Paterson to be in the team. “You’re in mate” I said. “Much better chance of you, rather than me, getting a result, I’ve got a limp”!
The sun shone, the wind dropped and the birds were singing (another ahhhh please) as JRP and Billy Bond teed off in match 1 against captain Sandra Basford and Chris Jowett. Both the ladies hit straight tee shots right down the middle, “that looks a bit ominous”, I thought. Closely contested and played in the best spirit of golf, the ladies took it to the 16th but it was a win for the seniors by 3 &2.
I followed the finishing holes in Match 2 and this was another close one between Mick Capps & Keith Lancey (wearing a very natty summer cap) against Sheen Smith & Valerie Thomas. All square after 15, Mick made par on the 16th to go one up. Sheena’s drive was on the 17th green looking good for a par, possible birdie, before Valerie took the pressure off by leaving her putt, from off the green, stone dead. Sheena missed the birdie and the match went to the 18th, which the seniors managed to win and to win the match. Great stuff, we were two matches to the good.
Steve Uzzell and Joe Jowett teamed up in match 3 against Gwen Clarke, who being a lady of a certain age was receiving 3 courtesy shots, and her partner Christine Turner, with just the 2 extra courtesy shots. The experience and skill of the ladies shone through and they won the match 4 & 3.
Better news for the seniors in match 4, where Gavin Baker and Dave Kennedy secured a win over Gill Edwards & Ruth Lloyd by 3 & 2. The seniors were looking good and still on track. Funny how looks can be so deceiving! I had received the news earlier on, that Len Collin, dressed from head to toe in 50 shades of purple, playing with big Jim Lloyd, had gone 4 up, in match 5, against Angela Body and Christine Coates. Well, these 2 ladies performed a small golfing miracle and all credit to them, they turned it around to get a win for the ladies 2 &1. Well played indeed ladies. Our fate was sealed and just to rub it in Richard Body and John Thomas lost match 6, by 2 & 1 to Hilary Dennes and Connie Stolworthy. On the day the 6 matches finished 3 each, but with the lead from round one, already secured, The Redwood Cup was won in 2016 by the ladies. Congratulations.
At least Mick Capps has got the “Last loosing captain of the Redwood Cup” monkey, off his back. In some ways, I hope I have to carry it for years to come.
Regards to one and all, well done Sandra,
Chris Hockey Seniors' Captain - Long Sutton Golf Club
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