It was necessary to call up a couple of late replacements for this match and I much appreciated the 2 of you playing at short notice.
One of the subs, Andrew Elfick, had to get away a bit sharp post golf, so I put him out early in match number 1, with John Whitehead. They suffered a bit of a bashing, loosing 5 & 4, but after their match Andrew was good enough to find time to enjoy some banter and refreshment with the Orchardleigh pair before leaving.
Match 2 was lost 3 & 1 with the pairing of Bill Bond & Andre Blond coming up against strong opposition. Andre was representing the club in a seniors’ match for the first time and I look forward to seeing him on the team sheet in the future, as I do you Bill!
I teamed up for the first time with John Pearson in match 3, and our golf match was yet again, played in a really friendly spirit, against Orchardleigh v/captain Phil Jefferies, who plays off 7, and his partner John Scott. All 3 were excellent company and my partner came good, turning a very tight match (all square after 11 holes) into a bit of a “walk in the park”. Our h/cap examiner may have to keep a close eye on Mr P as he won the 12th, made par on the 13th (with a shot) & then won both the 14th and the 15th. We walked in for an early beer, having won the match 4 &3. Well done John it was great pleasure to play with you.
In match 4, I had my pair of bankers. Vice captain Rod Tucker and Steve Uzzell did not disappoint, bringing home a great win 5 & 4.
Peter Hill and John Whiting took on another strong pair in match 5 and with John playing some steady golf early on, they managed to get to 2 up at the turn, before slipping to 2 down after 16. But with Peter playing some great golf to win both the 17th and 18th in par, the match was halved.
Mike Richards came in as a very late replacement in match 6, only being asked to play about 2 hours before his tee off! He also represented the seniors in a club match for the first time and gave an excellent account of him, including a very accurate collection of the match fees! Unfortunately he and playing partner Richard Bartin lost their match 3 & 1. I also look forward to seeing Mike on future team sheets.
Overall we had just been beaten by 2½ to 3½ , a very close result. As always we enjoyed excellent post match food served up by Judy, Laura and Seb and our thanks to all of them. Seb told me he is leaving soon, to study at Kings college London, so I passed on best wishes for his future, from the seniors section.
Chris Hockey – seniors captain