On Tuesday May 17th, we took an extended, re-arranged team of 14 Long Sutton senior golfers to play our away match, at Farrington Park, along the A37 towards Bristol. We had arrived in plenty of time and I was tempted to try out their “extensive range of Techno-gym cardio and resistance machines followed by swim against a current of variable intensity in the Hydropool spa”. But not wanting to upset my usual warm up routine I decided to head into the club house for a coffee and bacon roll! Their match captain Phil Thompson (playing off 10) had elected not to open the batting and my carefully selected partner, our club captain John Williams and myself found ourselves in match 3. So first on the tee for us was Phil the power Bowditch and my Petherton pal Chris Thayer. They both played well and brought home our first win by 2 and 1. In match 2 our I.T. guru Dave probably wished he had stayed home and written a bit of computer code rather than play golf with partner “bionic bits” Gavin as they suffered a bit of a thrashing and could have walked in after 12 holes. Club captain John and Seniors Captain Chris got off to a reasonable start in match 3, but then that man Phil Thompson showed off a bit. On the par 4, 4th hole, I managed a very rare birdie, sinking a 40 foot put (or was it 50 foot), only to find we hadn’t won the hole, we hadn’t even managed to half the hole. Phil had chipped his second shot in, for an eagle, “well played” I said, with gritted teeth! John was straight back at them, winning the next hole and by the 8th he was really playing well. Par, par, par, par……… only dropping 3 shots in the next 9 holes to secure us a great win 2 and 1. But I do think my half on the 15th was the clincher! Well played John, it was a pleasure to watch. John Jeanes, playing in almost colour co-ordinated green jumper and greenish shorts, was up next with Dave Kennedy. The weather had turned decidedly un-clement after about an hour or so and Dave tells me that by the 9th hole John’s soaking wet shorts were dripping water onto his summer weight shoes and things were not looking pretty. They were already 5 down and being a complete gentleman and slightly tongue in cheek, Dave offered the opposition a half for the match and suggested they walk in. The opposition elected to play on and go for an easy win. Well, with a come back second only to the return of Lazarus, our boys done good, extremely good and they went on to win the match by 2. What a result. Franco, playing with Billy Bond in match 5, had his skilful chipping and putting game on top form and with Bill using his shot well on the 18th they won the match by 1. John Rooks and Len Collin came up against better opposition on the day and went down 4 and 3 and this just left match 7. Gentleman Douglas Hamilton and the smartest dressed player on the course, Peter Hill, enjoyed an excellent round of golf and also just won by 1. Some close matches indeed. It was the best result we have had so far in my captaincy year and I was really proud to stand up after a most excellent roast beef meal and announce the overall match result. We had won by 5 matches to 2. Thank you all for playing and for contributing to an excellent day out.
Chris Hockey Seniors' Captain