On a beautiful day, the vanguard team of Dave Butcher and Simon Scarborough stepped forward to the first tee. Dave’s drive was described by Rich Bartin as like a very poor putt. It went some 40 yards before going out of bounds and then rebounding back into play. Simon using his new driver hooked his drive landing just in play. Needless to say, they lost the hole to a par from Home player Mike Gee. On the second they sliced their drives into the trees; another hole lost to Mike, 2 down.
Then Dave got his drive working, winning the 3rd hole with a par. On the fourth Simon hit his drive to the right but recovered to win the hole with a bogey (net par); all square. Simon then went onto win the fifth with a birdie, halve the sixth and win the seventh with a par, 2 UP.
Home player Mike won the next two holes with pars. All square at the turn.
Dave halved the tenth with a par and then went onto win the next four holes. It was dormie 4 teeing off the 15th (the nearest to pin in 2 hole). Home player Mike put his second shot 4 feet from the pin (later confirmed he won NTP), Dave ‘s second shot was on the bank at the back of the green and Simon’s was well short near the fairway bunker. However, Simon chipped in for a gimmie and a par. Mike missed the putt for a birdie resulting in us winning the match 4 and 3.
Second team out was Richard Bartin and Franco Calandrini. Rich stated that although Franco played brilliantly, they lost 2 and 1.
Captain for the day Graham Brimble and his playing partner Andy Grayson were third off, and started in confident fashion, with Graham parring the first 2 holes to go 2 up.
Unfortunately, this was to be as good as it got as the home team, of captain John North and Rob Baker, went on a fine run of net par golf, summed up on the 8th when Graham parred the par 5 only to lose to a net eagle. Things didn't get any better on the back 9 with the Long Sutton pair losing 7 and 6.
Peter Champness and Bob Smith enjoyed a match played in good spirit with Phil and Ron from Wells. Both our playing partners played consistently throughout ; Ron winning the 1st and 2nd, with Peter from LS winning the stroke index 1 3rd. We looked certain to win the 4th until Phil chipped in from just off the green for a half. Bob looked certain to halve the par three 5th until Ron slotted in a long putt for a win
Already it seemed that LS were hanging on, and this continued with Ron and Phil’s nimble dovetailing. Soon it became a matter of keeping the score to decent proportions, but some excellent pars from Phil saw this excellent pair run out as 6&5 winners
Martin Howlett and Andrew Elfick came up against a 10 handicapper who was on great form with the driver, if a little wayward with short game. However, Andrew had a golden patch over the second to fifth hole when every put held true and fell. Pity that did not last!
Martin was playing the course for only the second time and found it a little frustrating (well Andrew thinks that was why he swore at not getting a chip out of the fringe grass) but they managed to hold them until the16th hole. Not their greatest day, but they blame not knowing the bias on the greens as well as the locals! Lost 3 and 2
Last out in game 6 were the Long Sutton pairing of Robin Ewbank and Peter Hill against Glyn Hallett and John Watson. Robin made a flying start with a 4, net 3 to win the first and Peter followed up with a 5, net 4 to win the third. Robin snatched a half on the 4th by outrageously putting in from off the green to secure a 5, net 4 and so it continued with the Long Sutton pair oscillating between 1 up and 2 up. On the 11th, Peter snatched a win away from Glyn by chipping in to hole out 4, net 3 against Glyn’s 4. Glyn was not best pleased!! Robin won the par 5, 13th with an excellent 6, net 5 having blasted out of the rough to leave himself a puttable 6th shot. The Long Sutton pair were now 2 up and Peter made it 3 up on the 14th and Robin concluded the match in masterful style on the 15th by delivering an unbelievable punch shot out of the trees to 6 yards off the green. His chip shot to the green with a “gimmee” 4th shot to the pin was a joy to watch. We had a slight concern in having taken more than our allotted 3 minutes of ball searching but this was accepted. Hence it was 4 and 3 to Long Sutton.
Robin and Peter dovetailed their game with seeming ease against a very friendly Wells pair and this together with perfect September weather and Robin’s 77th birthday resulted in a really enjoyable day’s golf.
The course was in fine condition on a stunning early Autumn day, which was rounded off with a very tasty after match meal.
Match Score Won 2 Lost 4