Long Sutton v Yeovil - 23rd March, 2013
The weather is still bedevilling us. You wouldn't expect snow to close a course this time of year but it closed Charminster last weekend, which meant the semi-final had to be postponed to Wincanton this, so back to the drawing board for a team, with sickness around and bad weather looming. Such is the determination of some of our players though. Can you believe Angela was actually miffed when I suggested she missed this game, post-flu and freezing weather. I would try and draught in some big, burly men to deal with the Wincanton Wet! She got her way in the end though as I had gaps in the big, burly contingency and Angela is definitely a fighter...thank you to Malcom Dennes, Nick Stacey, Ray Edwards, Dave Baker, Nigel Brighouse and Sam Clarke, who took up the mantle of big, burly men! I am grateful to you.
As expected, there was an unrelenting east wind blowing, cutting through your 'thermals'. Outer Mongolia. Hands so cold, you couldn't feel your club. That may have been why Sandra Basford's ball nearly took me out on the second hole...(Hey, I'm on your side!), but it was good to see she was hitting a long ball! One of our opposition, Charlie (Chipper), nearly took me out twice as well, with his sideways tee shot, but credit where credit's due, his chipping was spot on. He kept putting it 3 foot from the pin from wherever and then did what you know you should do, but don't always...sank the putt... even more irritating. We weren't the only ones out braving the elements. Credit too to the Wincanton members. They play qualifiers all year round and were out playing their Saturday Stableford in this Arctic cold. A tough lot.
Pair one came in, Malcolm Dennes with Nick Stacey. Those agonising moments, trying to tell from body language and in the end, desperately asking ...Did you win? Yes. Wow! Pair 2, Sandra Ford with Sam Clarke... also winners...Sam's face struggling to stay straight, then bursting into a big grin, Sandra making a 2 spot as well. I was so pleased for them all. Hadn't dared hope for top end wins. Now all waiting on the last two pairs. No offence, but I wasn't hopeful judging from glimpses out on the course. In came Angela, bristling, Boudicca, electricity firing off her, her hair standing on end. Body language...very cross! They had fought back but lost on the 17th and she had never been so cold! That just left Nigel Brighouse and Sandra Basford. I didn't dare go and watch in case it put them off. Oh, the tension as they came in, and yes, they had won...True matchplay...Nigel said he had played well to start with and had then gone off and Sandra had had to dig deep, winning on the last hole. I kept pinching myself. We have won haven't we? 3 and 2. I really wanted to dance a jig and hug them all. What troopers.
Now we are in the Final, playing against Wincanton...they of the Winter Qualifiers in All Weathers!Bring it on. We're up for it. We've enjoyed the excitement so far and we'll enjoy the end, whatever.
The date is Saturday, 30th March at Wheathill. First tee 10.30.
Any volounteers for the team please contact me on 07850595771 or sign the sheet on the club noticeboard.