3 Counties Newsletter
3 Counties Winter Knockout Cup
It was third time lucky for Long Sutton 3 Counties team on Saturday 4th January.
I had to reschedule our match between Wincanton and us on two previous dates, this was due to illness and the wet weather conditions.
We had to play the match on a neutral course therefore it was agreed to play at Cannington.
A huge thank you to Cannington Golf Club for hosting the match and allowing us to play, their hospitality and warm welcome was well received.
Some of the Long Sutton team enjoyed some delightful egg and bacon rolls before the game, but this was no match against the Wincanton team who tucked into the full English!!! Maxine had clearly overestimated the distance to travel and they were nearly 2hrs early!
The course was very wet in places but the greens were in excellent condition, after all, this was Winter golf.
As we know Winter golf can be a challenge however and certainly on the plus side Ann McRae and myself had a smile, we had 5 adjustment shots! Happy days.
Thank you to the team on the day, we won 4 games to one.
Myself and Dave Baker won 6/4
Steve Cousins and Dave Chambers won 5/3
Steve Stopforth and Tim Edwards won 3/2
Ann McRae and Phillip Holloway won 3/2
Ian Jackaman and Guy Willis lost 2/1 (a very tight match).
I have pleasure in announcing that this win means we meet Cricket St Thomas in the semi-final.
We will be playing this match at Wheathill on the 19th Jan 2020 teeing off at 11am.
Let’s hope the weather will be kind to us over the next two weeks.
Anyone wishing to join us in the three Counties matches next season, please let me know, either by email or add your name to the "interested list", I will be putting on the notice board in the hallway.
Thank you for your support
Winter Wheel Guidlines at Long Sutton
Recent bad weather has unfortunately restricted equipment that can be used on course! Trolleys and Buggies have been a frequent miss due to the wet, and carry bags are the preferred choice.
However after a slight revision of policy, we are working on a potential compromise regarding trolleys, in the form of “Lattice Wheels"
The standard trolley tread on the wheels supplied with majority of trolleys causes noticeable damage to the course in wet conditions, due to the dense surface area of the wheel. However due to a streamlined design present on the favoured "Lattice Wheel" we are happy to allow trolleys sporting the lattice variant of wheel out on course, even during trolley bans!
In a bid to encourage the use of these wheels during the wet weather the Pro Shop is now stocking sets of wheels at £79.00!
Lattice wheels are also useable ALL year round so you aren’t just paying a premium on winter golf, and can make use of them 365 days a year!
Please see pictures for examples of the wheels that will be permitted during trolley bans, along with the "hedgehog" variant of wheel which is banned from use on the course entirely.
New Years Opening Times - Pro Shop
New Years Eve and New Years Day Opening Times as listed below for the Pro Shop
New Years Eve 7am - 3pm
New Years Day 9am - 1pm
Pro Shop Opening Times (Christmas/New Year)
Pro Shop Opening Times (Christmas/New Year)
The Pro Shop will adopt a slight change to opening times during the Christmas period.
24th Dec (Christmas Eve) The Pro Shop will close earlier than usual at 2pm
25th Dec (Christmas Day) – CLOSED
26th Dec (Boxing Day) 8.30am - 9.30am (registration for S/Gun Start Comp)
27th Dec – 30th Dec - 7am – 5pm
Tue 31st Dec (New Years Eve) – TBC
Wed 1st Jan 2020 (New Years Day) – TBC
Thur 2nd Jan 2020 – 7am-5pm
Senior Avalon league Final
Senior Avalon league Final Long Sutton v Enmore Park
We arrived at Worlebury on a foggy damp Wednesday morning to play Enmore in the final.
(A rerun of the inaugural final 3 years ago which we lost narrowly 3-2 with the last match losing on the 20th )
The order of play were as follows:
Phil Bowditch and Clive Haggett , Martin Hawkins and Richard Body ,
Geoff Monks and Martin Abbott , Roy Parmiter and Phil Lock
Myself and Hugh McGuire out last.
Hughie and I were met with birdies and eagles over the first 4 holes, 4 down! This was not in the script.
We managed to claw 1 hole back with a birdie on the 5 th and held out until the 9 th when they birdied that hole. 4 down at the turn. However we did hear that both Long Sutton pairs in front were 1 up.
We did not know what was happening in the first 2 matches .But after another 2 birdies by our Opponents ( one birdie resulting from our opponent driving a par 4 , 289 yards! ) We lost 6 and 5.
1 match down. As we trudged in from the 15th we saw Phil, Clive , Geoff and Martin waiting for us.
They had both won , 2 / 1 and 4 / 3 against a previously unbeaten pairs. Their captain , Mike Rossiter ( 6 handicap) was overheard saying that he only dropped 2 shots!
Roy and Phil were on the 16th ( a par 3) We saw Enmore make par which left Phil with a putt which we presumed was for a half. It turned out that it was for a 2 ! Phil’s second of the day ( by 9 pm that night the whole club knew)
They were now 2 up with 2 to play.
I was feeling much happier as we now made our way to the 17 , we heard that Martin and Richard were also 2 up with 2 to play.
They were playing the pair that beat us on the 20th 3 years ago. All 3 players were taking shots off Martin. From a distance we saw that Richard had a putt to close out the match which he duly sank!
Roy and Phil ( the pair who had lost on the 20th 3 years ago ) were determined to win their match which they did in style on the 17th.
We had beaten a very strong team who had held the trophy for the last 3 years.
A great win for the team and club.
Drinks flowed that night in the clubhouse ( thank you Stuart and Tommy for your contributions)
Nigel Griffiths Team Captain.
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