Shades of this time last year and our first Winter Knockout…this time, Long Sutton due to play Charminster at Wheathill, Saturday, 8th November, and what was the forecast? Gales and prolonged rain…again! We all met for the first tee of 11.00, but there was disquiet in the ranks. Getting my gear ready, I found more and more people sheltering in Wheathill’s porch. They looked like unhappy crows, hunched up in wet weather gear, staring out at the dark sky. As they rocked from one foot to another the murmuring grew and finally chrystalised into a barked “We must be mad! We can’t play in this!!”. The Captains enquired of the Office. Yes, we could postpone until the next day when better weather was forecast, but nothing is simple. One Charminster man would be in Spain by then, people had plans, it was Remembrance Day, etc. Thankfully, the Yeovilton forecast was spot on…a brightness started to appear and the majority decision was to carry on…bunkers declared out of play!
The difficult start was an omen for the day! With yellow and red tees placed together on almost all holes and with the ground so soggy, the ladies found it hard to compete. I was playing last pair with Nigel. We had a really tight game and were all square after 17. I couldn’t believe my eyes on 18 as I saw people gathering behind 18, drinks in hand as well… hardly fair! No one would tell us how the score stood. We had no idea whether our game was needed or not…We halved 18. ‘Now you have to play on! It’s 2 and 2.’ It took us a long time to conclude the match. We played 1 and 18 over and over and the sun sank lower and lower. One minute it looked as though we must sink the 3 foot putt, only to miss and halve again, then Charminster’s turn to miss a 2 footer and halved again. After 22 holes, Nigel finally sank our winning putt. Thank you Nigel and thank you to all the Long Sutton team…Steve Stopforth and Ray, Sam and Tim, Sarah and Steve Uzzell and Ann and Mike McRae and thank you to Charminster for turning a difficult day into a fun one. You could hear laughter all round the course, despite the conditions.
Our second round will be against the winners of the match at Long Sutton on Sunday, 30th November, between Bullpits and Yeovil.
Winter Salva – Sat. 30th Nov. at Cannington
Sunday, 30th November is also the day we will play the first round of the Winter Salva at Cannington. The Salva is a spin off from the 3 Counties League…ourselves, Folke, Charminster and Cannington play a round on each course, winter weather permitting. Teams of 12, out in fours…one player from each club…playing ind. stableford, full hcp, with the best 10 scores making up the team score for that round. The winner is the club with the highest number of stableford points after 4 rounds.
Please sign the sheet in the corridor if you would be interested in playing. All good fun and all welcome!