On a wet and windy day at the home of Long Sutton Golf & Country Club, Seniors Captain Bill welcomed popular former member David Scott and his Honiton team for the last home fixture of the season.
Despite the challenging conditions, following a spell of warm and sunny weather, the match was always going to be enjoyable with the characters involved on both sides.
The visiting pair of Match Captain David and partner Rob were first on the tee and both hit good drives to get the match underway followed by the home pairing of Captain Bill and Tim (Forward). The first hole resulted was halved with both David and Tim delivering routine par 4s. From that point on, it became evident that Rob playing off 21 was having one of those day's that, as his opponent, you really don't want. Driving, chipping and putting well, the visitors were 3 up after 6. To add insult to injury (pride) Rob proceeded to sink a 25ft putt for a 2 on the 7th. However, with the thought of going 4 down, Bill matched the putt and an unlikely half. From then on the game was nip and tuck but overall, the Honiton pair were more consistent and closed out the match 2up on the 17th.
The Veteran pairing of Rod 'Mr Reliable' Tucker and two time SGU Stableford Champion, Rich Axe had formidable opposition in Nick (20) and Alan (12). The Honiton pair started far too well with Nick succeeding in sinking long putts on the first two holes. Slight cracks started to appear as the match progressed and Rod's steely efforts gradually wore them down and the LS duo were one up at the turn. To quote Rich "I would like to report my vital contribution to this but alas, it was small and brief although there was a sprinkling of success amongst it."
The rain took its toll on the fourball (all veterans you know!) so the match finished after the fifteenth (at the behest of the Honiton pair) with Rod and Rich winning 3 up.
The LS pairing of Franco & Chris (Thayer) were playing a 6 handicapper partnered with a player off of 17 so there were plenty of shots to be had.
On the 2nd tee Peter Clark, lowest handicapper on view, announced he was now playing off of 5 as he had had a very good competition round at The Dorset the previous week. That meant more shots for everyone.
Some good & indifferent golf was played by all & fortunately for the home pair, Peter could not repeat his form of last week. With a commanding lead at the turn, which was further increased by the 14th Long Sutton completed a 5 & 4 victory which enabled an early course exit after the 15th - saving the players getting further soaked through.
The LS pairing of 'Gentlemen' Malcolm (Dennes) and Peter (Champness) started their match with, to quote Malcolm "With your exhortations to bring in a win ringing in our ears", Peter and Malcolm battled difficult conditions to achieve an honourable half, having lost the on the 18th green with the last putt of the match. Both sides held the upper hand at times but both agreed a half was the fairest result. The wind, rain and green conditions made low scoring tricky but the golf was competitive. The match was played in a typically friendly spirit.
The experienced veteran pairing of Mick Capps (13) and Peter Hill (19) ventured out against Derek Keen (12) and David Lee (21) and Mick was straight out of the starting blocks to take the LS pair 1 up on the 1st with a 5. All square through four, Mick delivered a commanding par on the 5th to go 1 up followed by Peter cheekily chipping in from off the green for another par on the 6th and then another par on the 7th to leave the LS duo 3 up. Peter took advantage of an additional stroke on the 8th to win the hole but both Mick and Peter had to settle for a half in 4’s on the ninth. 4 up at the turn and maintained a 4 shot lead through to the 12th which was lost despite a classy 3 from Mick.
With the rain coming in, Peter started the 'after burners' to deliver a 4 (net 3) on the 13th followed by a par on the 14th which resulted in a win to Mick and Peter 5 and 4. The rain had been on and off for most of the round so the rather wet 4 Ball decided to call it a day and head back to a warm shower and a beer!!
Mick and Peter had managed to dovetail their game very effectively to win the game against a very friendly and capable pair from Honiton.
To quote Peter "Another good day’s golf."
Following Len's victorious return to the fold at CST last week, he was teamed up with Dave Kennedy. Playing against an unbeaten pair in Alan (15), a member at Turnberry back in the day, whose dad was a scratch golfer, and Phil (23) who regularly drove over 200 yards. It was no surprise that the visiting 'dream team' raced to 4up after 6. However, we are talking about two time Golfer of the Year and as we have all been 'Kennedy'd' at some stage, he never gives up. So it proved as the home team dug in and reduced the deficit to 1 down at the 13th when Len holed a difficult putt for a 4 to go all square at the 14th, With the weather worsening, bunkers filling and Phil's glasses steaming up, the fourball agreed to finish the match on the 15th with a well earned and fair half.
Match Won 4 & 2
Thanks team for your efforts both on the day and throughout the season. Its been an enormous pleasure and a fitting end to my season playing with our friend Dave Scott. Winning the last match was sweet.