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.