Home match V Axe Cliff GC on 13/08/2019
The day started dry and bright for our return match against our fiends from Axe Cliff GC. In the bar prior to the match there were good vibes coming from the team huddle over a cup of coffee.
First game out was the strong pairing of Rod Tucker and Alastair Mullineux. Both had informed me that there handicap had gone out by 1 shot each, which meant that Rod was only having to give 8 shots to his opponents instead of the usual double figures. This was the only game that a Long Sutton player had to give shots. After a hard fought match with good golf played by both teams Rod and Alastair ran out winners by 3 and 1.
The second pairing was Dave Butcher and Tommy Timms. Before the match Dave was suffering with a bad back and Tommy wanted to have a sleep after the exhausting previous week preparing and attending his daughter’s wedding. However, the pair started well winning the first two holes. But birdies on the third and fifth by Axe Cliff soon pulled that back. All square at the turn. Then Axe Cliff went 2 up before Tom then Dave brought if back to all square. Axe Cliff showed some magic on the 15th as Roddy chipped in for par from 100 yards to deprive his partner Simon from taking the hole with a potental birdie. Simon then went onto to take the 16th with a birdie. Unfortunately the home team went down 2 and 1 despite their best efforts. Tommy was heard to say after the match that he wasn’t sure if they had lost or if it was a bad dream.
Game 3 saw the captain for the day Graham Brimble paired with the experienced Peter Hill. The Axe Cliff pair went 1 up on the 2nd hole and stayed ahead until the 9th when the home pair managed to get back to all square. On the back 9 it was a different story with good golf played by all. A birdie by GB on the 12th put LS 1 up and the 13th was halved in 4. At the 16th the home team went dormy 2 up only for the Axe Cliff team winning the 17th with a par. The 18th was halved in 5 resulting in a win for the home team 1up.
The 4th game saw Long Sutton’s answer to Brooks Keopka, Steve Uzzell partnering Somerset seniors champion Richard Axe, who was still recovering from a separated shoulder. Again it was a very close match with Steve and Richard accelerating away on the back 9 to win 3 and 2.
Chris Hockey and rookie Barry Cullimore were the home teams 5th pairing, and what a pairing it proved to be, with them shooting a gross 42 on the outward nine to go 6up and eventually winning the match on the 11th. Chris did say that he cannot remember ever winning a match by such a margin in his long golfing career. Obviously a pairing for the future, despite the light hearted abuse given to the captain in the changing room after the match by Mr Cullimore. I will make him wear a tie the next time.
Finally the youngest and politest pairing in the team, saw Julian Stapleton and Peter Champness playing a fine match against their Axe Cliff opponents, running out worthy winners 4 and 3. Julian capped off his day by winning the nearest the pin on the 9th.
A great win by 5 and 1 was completed by a pleasant meal and much banter in the club house.