Report on Seniors v Farrington park at home - 3rd May
Having spent 2 weeks in the Cyprus sun it was great to come back to the UK and find we were playing golf in the sun here and how good is that! We welcomed the seniors of Farrington Park to a sun drenched Long Sutton and after a slightly “messy start” with a late team replacement, forgotten golf shoes and changes to the running order the match got under way. Gavin and his bionic bits (as Rod calls him) lead the way with John Jeanes and they recorded a great win by 5 and 4. Bill Bond and Dave Kennedy got promoted up the order to play in match 2, but finished in match 3, and after some nip and tuck were piped at the post to loose by 1. I selected yet another great partner for match 3, but FP captain David Elliot and his partner got off to a much better start and Phil Bowditch and I quickly found ourselves 2 down after 2. With Phil making par on both the 7th and 9th and me making good use of my shot on the 8th we turned the corner 1 up, only to loose the next 2 holes. Talk about nip and tuck! My drive on the 12th had a good look at the out of bounds beyond the hedge before the “power fade” kicked in and the ball landed on the green. Team FP were unimpressed by my 3 when they were looking at me having to play 3 off the tee! Phil kept us in it for the rest of the back 9 and we were all square up the 18th. Both FP Captain and I had a long putt to win the match, but neither of us was able to rise to the challenge A half was about right. In match 4 John Whitehead and JP came up against two players on form loosing 4 and 2 and then better news in match 5 where Dave Butcher and Peter Bell (who used to live in Cyrus) brought in another superb win 5 and 4. The overall match was now evenly balanced as I waited for the result of the last match. Unfortunately it was not to be as Chris Thayer and Andy Elfick came up against 2 FP players who managed 4 birdies and 10 pars on the day. Tough to beat that and our boys went down 4 and 3. The over all result was a win for FP by 3.5 to 2.5. Although there was no prize intended for two spots, after the meal I did present Gavin with a sleeve of balls. It’s not often you get a two on the 15th! Well done mate, drive and an 8 iron. Top golf with that bit of luck we all need on the day.