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 Away at Charminster, Saturday, 10th May

This was a stressful day all round for all sorts of reasons...Unfortunately, I could not be at Charminster as I had to go travel to St. Pierre on my own, 'over the Bridge'. All those motorways leading North! Any one who knows me would be taking bets on my ending up in Scotland not Wales! Talk about angst. Meanwhile, I had to say 'over to you' to Ray for the match. I am grateful to all the players for playing as the weather was atrocious in Dorset. (Perfectly fine in Wales!) The team did not know the course and aren't used to coping with strong, coastal winds. The wind whipped Sandra's cap away and her crystal ballmarker with it...she does not want to play there again!

Pat and John Whitehead and Sonia and Steven Banks were our only winners, the Banks bringing in a useful half, but hats off (sorry!) to the determination of the rest of the team...Ray, Franco, Nigel, the two Sandra's Steve Cousins and Angela and Dave. We lost the Reserve game and brought in 6 points to their 12.


Home v Wincanton, Saturday, 24th May

What is it about 3 Counties matches and rain? This is supposed to be summer but our match was a pretty soggy affair. Glad to say we won 3 and 2 but we lost the Reserve match...rather, Mike Scoble and I did. Having said that, Mike played some amazing golf...down in 4, the first time of playing 18, and pitching in for 4 on 16, from 60 yards out. Birdie nett eagles. Wincanton were very impressed with the state of the course, and the greens in particular.

Thank you team...Henry and Nigel, Ray and Steve Stopforth, the Uzzells, the Bakers, Sean and Sandra Basford and Mike Scoble. We had 11 points to Wincanton's 8.

Click here for Results Table - 28th May 2014  

Created: 30-May-14 19:38

3 Counties Report v Folke Report

3 Counties Report 5.4.14

Our team were keen to start the Summer League this Saturday with 4BBB matchplay at Folke.  A lovely sunny day, Friday...cold and wet Saturday!  So much for the cutoffs and the start of summer: back out with the waterproofs and handwarmers.

The date was brought forward from Easter Saturday...a silly day to choose, but in the event, it proved just as difficult.  How could Angela and Dave have a family wedding,Watford be playing a crunch game and the Denneses have a trip to London?  Never mind, it gave a chance for Kev Purdy and Connie Stolworthy and Sonia and Steven Banks to get some matchplay.  Thankfully, Yeovil's matches fitted round Sam this time and he and Sandra Ford had a tight game in our first pairing, finally losing 2 and 1.  Sonia and Steve lost on the 16th  and Kev and Connie's game was down to the last putt...so close!  The final result was a loss for us to Folke, 3 and 2 and (mutter, mutter) Ray and myself couldn't pull off the Joe Harring slot.  Thanks go to Steve Cousins and Michael Scoble for their win...Steve was off to put his putter in the freezer for a spell to cool it down, and to Sean Monaghan and Sandra Basford (newly returned from her knee op...) for our other win.  Perhaps Sean's pre-round bacon and egg sandwich is the secret!  For our two wins Away I am pleased to say we gained 8 points to Folke's 11...This is an encouraging result, a vast improvement on last year, where Away at Folke we lost 4 games and halved the 5th!

Our next match is at Charminster on Saturday, 10th May.  First tee 11.00.  Sign up sheet on the noticeboard.


Created: 07-Apr-14 19:13

3 Counties Winter Salva, 22nd March at Folke and Winter Knockout v Folke 23rd March.

3 Counties Winter Salva, 22nd March at Folke and Winter Knockout v Folke 23rd March.

If you judge success by carrying away trophies, then this weekend was not a success, but in many other ways it was. The four teams, Wincanton, Cannington, Long Sutton and Folke assembled at Folke for the final round of the Salva, Cannington making a day out of it with a mini bus. Before the captains could tee off, Skinny (Steve Henstridge, Folke Club Captain) had to retrieve his clubs, his team mates having helpfully sent them half way down the fairway – the start of the day's fun. Conditions were not easy in the strong wind and occasional golfball-sized hailstones, but everyone was glad just to be out playing golf again, never mind how, and the teasing and jokes were endless. Cannington were just 10 points behind Folke at the start of the day. Would they be able to make up the ground? As the scores came in it was Folke who were returning in the 30's, apart from poor Terry, who was ribbed mercilessly for his 16 points. (According to their website, they are still waiting for him to play his back 9.) After a roast dinner and apple pie and cream, the prizes were presented. Folke won on the day with 316 pts, but here is a success for Long Sutton, we were 2nd with 275 pts, then came 265 (Cannington) and 256 (Wincanton). Folke retained the Salva with 1142 overall. Cannington had 1082, Wincanton 1039 and Long Sutton 966. Sarah Uzzell won a box of balls with the most points at Cannington. Cannington had boxes of balls as Salva runners up and Folke wine and balls as the Salva winners. The end of a good day: golf and food in good company. Thank you to all our Salva players – on the day, Nigel Brighouse, Hilary and Malcolm Dennes, Angela and Dave Baker, Joce Dunevein, Eliza Vail, Michael Scoble, Steve Cousins, Ray Edwards and in previous rounds Jeff Price, Sam Clark, Tyler, Sean, Norman, Chris Binding, Sandra Ford, Mandy, Mary Marshall, Ann McRae, Graham Load, Alec Lyon, Phil Lock and Frank Pengelly.


The next day saw us at Wheathill to finally play the Knockout, postponed from January. The wind was as strong as ever, but no hailstones this time. It was invigorating playing better ball matchplay again and we put up a good fight, but Folke beat us 3 and 2 – Terry was dropped! They go on to play Wheathill B in the semi-finals. Thank you again to Sarah and Steve Uzzell, Nigel Brighouse and Mandy Head, Sean Monaghan and Tyler Lennox-Gordon, Sandra Ford and Rich Bartin and Ray. In all, 29 different players from all the sections came together during the winter rounds, with different levels of experience and levels of handicap. Thank you.


Looking forward, we start the Summer 3 Counties League -

Away Long Sutton at Folke Saturday 5th April 1.00 p.m.

Away Long Sutton at Charminster “ 10th May 11.00 a.m.

Away Long Sutton at Wincanton “ 24th May “

Away Long Sutton at Cannington “ 21st June “

Home Folke at Long Sutton “ 12th July 1.00 pm.

Home Cannington at Long Sutton “ 16th August “

Home Wincanton at Long Sutton “ 6th Sept. “

Home Charminster at Long Sutton “ 13th Sept. “


Sign up sheets will be on the noticeboards. We would love for you to play. Do put your name down for any you fancy. 4BBB matchplay. £12 match fee including meal. 6 pairs – 5 for the match and one towards the Joe Harring Cup, or contact me 01935 823912, 07850595771, mopsyedwards@yahoo.co.uk




Created: 26-Mar-14 11:11

3 Counties 8.3.14 - Winter Salva Wincanton Round 3

3 Counties 8.3.14 -  Winter Salva Wincanton Round 3

On the day … a telling phrase to a Team Captain!... we had quite a mixed team at Wincanton.  Our regulars were depleted but Angela and Dave, Sandra Ford and Sean were able to be there.  I felt I was leading lambs to slaughter when Mary Marshall and Ann McRae said they would play.  Was it wise when they would have to drop to 24 hcp and they didn't know the course?  Wincanton may be flat as a pancake, but the experience can be traumatic.  Oh well...  a straightforward format...ind. stableford, full hcp and 3 Counties is aimed at giving opportunities to more people, so I tempted them with no rain, no water, no ditches.  You can use electric trolleys. Both smiled at me and said, “I'll give it a go.”  Oh, you wicked woman Gill.  We had sunshine, yes, but an increasing cold wind, behind us one way but in our faces the other.  (How do you get that penetrating flight under the wind, so different to skulling it along the ground?)  Balls wouldn't stay on fairways, lost forever in the rough.  The pace got slower and slower.  One lady survived it, even had one of our better scores (27 pts) and is quite upbeat, but the other says she will never play there again!  Now I feel bad.

Then there's the men to thank...Phil Lock, Frank Pengelly, Alec Lyon, Graham Load and Norman.  I appreciate your bravery, as you had more idea about what to expect from the day.  Norman seemed laid back though, when I found him multi-fairwaying, enjoying the sunshine and a chance to be out.       Well done to Angela.  Our top scorer with 34 points.  I won't go into how wide the scores spread, but there were some interesting ones and gender counted for nothing in the end!  Credit to Jamie from Wincanton, playing off 5, who scored 41 pts.

We were last on the day and I hate to say we are last overall but the final round will be played at Folke on Saturday, 22nd March.  Maybe we can narrow the gap.

Our Winter Knockout round against Folke will be at Wheathill on Sunday, 23rd.  This has been postponed from January!  Spaces in the teams.  See the sheets in the corridor.


Created: 14-Mar-14 13:29

3 Counties Winter Salva at Orchardleigh – 26.1.14

3 Counties Winter Salva at Orchardleigh – 26.1.14

“You must be barking!” Peter said, as we finally started playing last Sunday. (It has been said before mind.)  Our team dwindled in the face of the conditions but in the end 39 out of a total 45 completed 18 holes.  Having waded to the first tee, Skinny said painting his hall and laying an oak floor suddenly seemed the more appealling option.  We made it a 2 tee start to try and speed things up but going up the 8th Skinny raised our hopes of a quick finish when he pointed out no-one was coming down the 1st – Perhaps those in front had stopped after 9?  I tried not to fantasise about hot chocolate and dry clothes - but then we saw players on the 10th.  Skinny went in to get dry cards and reported most had gone on.  James was still unsure, being wet right through, but then his mind was made up for him, when Geoff came through to the 1st . “You get on out there lad! None of our team have stopped.” “Oh no!” said James. “They'll fine me something awful if I'm the only one to stop!  I won't be able to afford it.”  So on we went.

Thank you to all the team, for turning out, apart from anything else.  You deserve a medal. Our score suffered from being low in numbers and we are now well behind. The next round is at Folke, on Sat. 1st February and the weather forecast...Awful!  Well there's a surprise.


Created: 03-Feb-14 17:35
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