The first match out was Len Collin and Colin Hardaway with Colin giving shots to everybody! It was a tough fought match although we never managed to head the Farrington pair of Dave and Ray who putted absolutely brilliantly all day and were full of praise for the quality of our greens. We managed to pull it back to all square half way through the game but they pulled away again and despite winning the 16th we finally succumbed on the 17th to go down 3 & 1.
Next out were Steve Uzzell and Bill Campbell. Although they eventually won 3 & 2, our only win of the day as it turned out, it was fairly nip and tuck all the way. The home pairing started strongly and went into a 3 hole lead after 4, having halved the first. From then on holes were evenly shared with Steve and Bill arriving at the 16th still 3 up. The 16th was halved and both pairs shook hands. A fine win for Long Sutton.
Match 3 saw Gavin Baker paired with Alex Morrice; they had a great game, closely fought. At one stage they were 4 down but managed to pull it back to all square as they arrived at the 16th. Then on the 16th they were beaten by the handicapping as they had the same score as the opposition but they had the extra shot. After failing to halve the 17th they went down 2 & 1. Bad luck guys!
Match 4 saw John Packett and Jimmy Quinn paired together. They started the match with the opposition down to one player, Dave, as his partner Steve was late arriving! All the same they lost the first hole but managed to halve the second before Dave's partner managed to catch up with them on the third tee. They then proceeded to go 3 up before John and Jimmy started to pull things back. The home pairing managed to get to all square a couple of times but never got in front. The 17th saw Jimmy hole his second shot with a putt of at least 30 feet to get back to all square and John managed to halve the 18th with an equally important if less specatacular 12 foot putt to halve the match. All in all a fair result John thought.
In match 5 Bill Bond and Andre Blond were up against a consistent 12 handicapper and his 25 handicap partner who grubbed a driver onto the 9th green and won the hole with a 3 net 2; and this after Andre had got closest to the pin! "Enough said" was Bill's comment - not their lucky day as they lost on the 16th 3 & 2
The final pairing saw Dave Butcher playing with Peter Hill against the Farrington pairing of Kevin, a 23 handicapper and a rooky as far as Inter Club Games is concerned, and Rick who played off 17. They started by halving the first three holes but sadly the Orchardleigh pair dovetailed much better and much quicker than did Peter and Dave. Dave admitted after the match that he was not in good form and that Peter struggled manfully to make a game of it. Kevin was playing like a 15 handicapper and taking good advantage of his extra shots so that by the turn Long Sutton were 4 down!! Each time they grabbed one back their opponents responded instantly. Our boys were dormy 3 going down the 16th; Peter and Dave got a good 6 but Rick delivered a par 5 to clinch the game 4 & 2
Thanks for your efforts everybody and here's hoping we have better luck in the return match on the 16th!
Len Collin, Match Captain