Somerset Bowl Qtr Final Result - Nerves Shredded
On Sunday our Somerset Bowl Team travelled to Mendip Spring to take on Oake Manor, recent matches have seen us pitted against Oake twice in 2 days and this makes the 3rd time in 10 days! Currently as things stood before teeing off we're tied on 1 win a piece. (Lost Pickerage Bowl/Won Avalon League Match away)
Up first was Norman Banfield and Myself, getting 6 shots - we had a good game but a poor short game from myself let them in, eventually going down 3/2. 2nd out were Peter Burch and Lewis Greenwood-King - giving away 3 shots, some great golf played and they were 5 up with 6 to play, the opponents got 2 back but the guys got on the par 5 16th in 3 and Peter slotted home for a 4/2 win. scores now 1:1.
News filtered in from the anchor match - unfortunately Gary French and Stuart Hodder losing out 5/4 - score 1:2
With a crowd gathering around the 16th/17th and 18th to check in on progress of matches 3 and 4, it was clear the finish was going to be tense!
Good news for Long Sutton, we were 1 up on the 17th Tee in game 3 (Andrew Isaacs and Wesley Allen), unfortunately Andrew playing safe with an iron had nudged it OB, and their opponents had pulled it left into the trees, Wes had hit the middle of the fairway with a provisional which Andrew hit to 4 feet, the opponents then left themselves behind a tree after 2 shots, meaning a chip out sideways and another chip that came up short of Andrew and Wes for the same number of shots, so match 3 was going to be decided by a putting competition, needless to say Oake missed and Wes held his nerve from 4 feet to win 2/1. Score 2:2
Jamie Brodie and Chris Binding (JEdward pictured) were match 4, 2 up playing 16, unfortunately they lost this hole, so stood on 17 1 up. Chris hit his tee shot right and was almost out of bounds but Jamie hit a great shot from the rough to get the bal on the same teir as the flag. Oake had gone left but got to the front edge for 2, their next shot coming up 6 feet short. Chris rolled a putt down to 4 feet and after Oake manor missed Jamie was faced with 4 feet to Win their match 2/1 and send Long Sutton through to the Semi Finals. Unfortunately Jamie drove his put through the break and left Chris a twitchy 3 footer to half the hole, the gallery oohing and ahhing. With the hople halved it was down to the 18th 1up.
Oake on the tee first and with 16 guys watching on, lining the length of the par 3, as soon as the ball left the club 16 guys watching stood agast, it always looked big and ended up on the road and out of bounds, all Jamie had to do was get it close to the green, this time his nerve held and he was pin high on the fringe. After Oake failed to hole the provisional ball for 4 the hole was conceeded and Jamie and Chris won 2 up - Match Score 3:2.
A huge congratulations to the team, a truely magnificant effort to reach the Semi finals where we wait for either Mendip Spring or Tall Pines.
Club Captain - Paul Wills
What a weekend for Long Sutton!
This is the type of message that makes me extremely proud to be a Long Sutton Member and Captain.
Last weekend we had 2 great successes and a hole in one!
Firstly Jamie Brodie's Avalon Team visited top of division 1 side Stockwood Vale. Having lost at home to them 3-2 this fixture was critical in how we would fair at the end of the season. Known for being notorisously difficult as a venue and a great home advantage the odds were heavily in their favour it's fair to say. However there must have been something in the air, the team performed fantastically well claiming wins in matches 2,3,4 and 5 to win 4-1 and avenge the defeat at home.
Next up a visit to the Isle of Wedmore for the Somerset Bowl team against Cricket St Thomas - a local darby match with many players in our team being members at Cricket at somepoint in time.
We knew this would be tough, we took a very strong team with low handicaps so we were all giving away shots.
We won Match 1 at the first extra hole Andrew Isaacs and Wesley Allen grinding out a win giving away lots of shots, Match 2 won 3 & 2 Pete Burch and Lewis Greenwood King recovering from a slow start, Match 3 was 4 up with 4 to play but ended up on the 18th and won 2 up, Norman Banfield and I hanging on, so 3 matches to the good and on we march!! Match 4 unfortunatley lost 3 & 2, finally Match 5 was having a ding dong battle with an ex Long Sutton member, the result not needed, we graciously offered a half on 17 that was declined, Gary French proceeded to chip in from 50 yards out to win 17 and Stuart Hodder hit the green on 18 to close the match out 2 up. Another 4-1 win! Next up Oake Manor in a few weeks time.
Lastly but by no means least a huge congratulations to Darren Walker for his Ace at the 17th on Sunday in the Kingston Manor Trophy, if only you'd saved it for charity day - well done Darren!
Captains Day Results
Well what can I say. After a damp start to the day we ended up with glourious blue skys and some wind.
Thank you to everyone that came and took part, I tried to mix things up a little with the allocated drives element, for some it seemed to work really well for others not so but what it did do was add an element of discussion to the post round story telling.
In terms of the final tally for the charity, once i added up the donations, raffle ticket sales and the refreshments sales we ended on a very credable £401.66 for the charity.
Here are the results from the day:
Best Front Nine - M.Head, J.Blackwell, D.Andrews, M.Poole
Best Back Nine - M.Veale, S.Dobson, N.Hewitson, A.Pilkington
7th Hole - Valarie Thomas
9th Hole - Tim Edwards
12th Hole - Ros Williams
14th Hole - Mark Knibbs
17th Hole - Steve Stopforth
1st Place - C.Blackwell, N.Dean, M.Pengelly, R.Head - 58.3
2nd Place - J Massheder, I.Parsons, L.Greenwood-king, Shirly Rodgers - 58.6
3rd Place - G.Load, R.Load, R.Smith, C.Slocombe - 59.2
4th Place - B.Harding, P.Burch, R.Butcher, A.Moray - 59.9
Strongest Team - G.Macfarlane, J.Bolton, T.Atkins, S.Oliver - 68.6
For those who are yet to collect your prize, they are safe and sound in my locker. I will do my best to catch the majority of you as soon as possible.
I also have some Raffle prizes left over - i will share the names of those who i have shortly
Once again all that remains for me to say is a huge thank you to everyone that helped me to run the day, thanks for everyone that came and played and stayed afterwards 'celebrating'
Calling all Golfers
Myself and one of our Pro's are this year putting out the challenge to everyone in the form of the Captain/Pro Challenge
So what is it:
9 hole's Match play on a Wednesday eveing in conjunction with Club Night
The stake is a minimum £5 per person (a larger stake can be negotiated), losers money goes to the club charity, winners keep their stake.
Handicap difference calculated at 90%
How are we doing?
So far we've played 2 matches
Match 1 - Andrew and I vs Andrew Isaacs and Paul Deeprose - Match Result: Halved
Match 2 Paul Deeprose and I vs Allan Pilkington and Simon Dobson - Match Results: 1up win for Captain/Pro team
This is designed as a fun competition allowing golfers to compete against our Professionals and myself, helping to raise money for St Margrets Hospice and to have 'some' bragging rights and friendly banter
If you fancy the chance of taking us on all you need to do is register your interest with Andrew in the Pro shop and we'll schedule in the match.
Bring it on (this constitues friendly banter)
Paul Wills / Andrew Hayes / Paul Deeprose
Mockeridge Cup - Saturday 13th April
The club entered 4 teams in this years Avalon league Mockeridge cup on Saturday 13th.
Held at Weston in very windy conditions the Seniors team ( Martin Hawkins / Nigel Griffiths ) and B team ( Ash Gibson/Wes Allen) both scored 42 points , 2 less than the eventual winners Fossway.
The A team (Gary French/ Luke Appleton) scored 36 points whilst the C team (Graham Load/ Chis Slocombe) scored 33 points.
Well done all!!
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