Club Night round up
Wednesday saw our last club night of my captaincy
49 people came and played, ate the fantastic fair prepared by the catering team and enjoyed the prize giving.
The overall winner was Wesley Allen, infact he took home many prizes on the night including pipping me to the eclectic following a stewards enquiry and revised count back assessment.
Hopefully everyone enjoyed this years random 'other' competition types - i know i enjoyed reading some of the rediculous scores
We now look forwards to next years club nights, with further planned improvements on the course and in the bar, i'm sure next year will see increased numbers on this year.
Somerset Bowl Semi Final Result - Luck wasn't with us
Saturday 14th saw the journey to Enmore to play Tall Pines.
We were greated by a gloreous day and a very strong Tall Pines team. The matches were all tight through the front 9 holes with many all square and the others up by one hole.
Lewis Greenwood King and Luke Appleton were leading from the front but went behind on 16 for the first time and ended up losing 1 down. Norman Banfield and Paul Wills were busy grinding out a result, going 1 up through 16 and closing the match out at 17. Wesley Allen and Andrew Isaacs unfortunately lost a few holes in a row and surcombed 4 & 3.
This left on course Stuart Hodder and Gary French, Jamie Brodie and Chris Binding. The later pair getting 5 shots continued their excellent record in Somerset bowl and closed out a 2 and 1 victory meaning it was all square in the fixture with Stuart and Gary looking like being the deciding match. Having rached 18 all square we all waited by the green for the players to appear and the state of the match to become clear. Gary and Stuart were putting for birdie up the hill but the pair from tall pines had played a second shot that proved Luck wasn't with us. Playing from the 10th fairway, hitting a tree short of the green, skipping the greenside bunker and releasing down to 8ft was the result of the tall pines shot, they then holed out for eagle and claimed the match 3/2.
A bitter pill to swallow but none the less the team have played fantastic this year, the foundation we've built will see us well for the coming years where we full intend to contend for semi final and final places once again.
My thanks to all players that have played and support Long Sutton.
Brilliant Long Sutton A team - Avalon Champion of Champions!
Congratulations to our A Team on winning Division 1 of the Avalon League.
Winners by a mile!
1st Long Sutton 80 points
2nd Stockwood Vale 56.5 points
Well done Captain Jamie Brodie, great way to follow up winning Division 2 last year!
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!
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