Seniors halve away match at Taunton & Pickerdge
After losing 5 ½ to ½ at Home to Taunton & Pickeridge, we realised we need to pull out the stops if we were to come away some degree of pride for the match at T&P. Weather forecast was good, greens spiked but greens & course in were still in good condition.
First out for Sutton David Kennedy & Robin Ewbank. Our pair went quickly 4 down to an on form T&P pair. Our pair kept battling away but the early lost holes were difficult to recover, & after a lot of too &fro throughout the match, the end result was 4&3 to Pickeridge. Sutton 1 down.
Next pair out was our 2 left handers, Bob Smith & Richard Axe, this match was close through with never more than one in it until the 17th were Pickeridge pair scraped ahead by 2 to win this match. Long Sutton now 2 down, & looking like this could be another hefty defeat.
The captains were next out, Rich Bartin (Match Captain) & John Rooks again T&P captain & partner. The Long Sutton pair started well, 4 up after 5, our pair winning 2 holes a piece. The T&P then started a fight back, with the whole match seesawed between 4up & 2up to the Sutton pair, with John playing very good steady golf throughout. With T&P winning 14 & 15, match started to tighten up. A good half by John on 16th, meant match now Dormy, followed by a half on 17th by Rich, match over. Sutton won 2&1. Sutton now only 1 down.
Next pairing out were Dave Manning & Steve Burfitt. I had high hopes for this pair, following Steve’s great score on Friday at Enmore. The pair did not let me down, both playing good golf throughout the game & securing a great 5&4 win over a reeling T&P pair. Good news Match now all square.
5th Pair out Alan Webber & Peter Hill, both played steady golf throughout but were match against an on form T&P pairing playing great golf, who battled it out to win 2&1. Sutton now 1 down again, which meant our only hopes to share spoils was now resting with our final pair.
Last out, was our steady pairing of Glyn Ottery & John Packett. This was yet another close run match with not a lot of difference throughout. I expressed a sigh of relief as I saw our pair battle it out on the 18th Green, & got the thumbs up from Glyn as he left the green. A 2up win by our pair meant score 3 wins a piece & the match was halved, a great result for us following the home defeat.
Well done team.
Nearest the Pin for Long Sutton on 6th Green was Glyn Ottery.
Match Report – Rich Bartin
Quantock Stag -Seniors play well in wet and windy conditions.
In non-stop rain & 50mph blustery conditions, in which it was very difficult to play golf, the Long Sutton team scored a very respectable team score of 146pts, which I thought was very good.
However, some of the teams playing seemed to somehow pull out all the stops, with the home team, Enmore Park, producing a magnificent score of 163 pts (averaging 41 pts per pair) to win the competition. Our team ended up joint 10th.
Our highlights of the day were:
John Williams & Steve Burfitt who scored a pairs score of 45pts which we believe was the best pairs score of the day (no prize though).
Peter Hill played some very good golf in our pair, an certainly carried me on the day.
Rich Bartin managed to take the longest drive spot prize on the 5th.
John Williams & Steve Burfitt 45pts
Rich Bartin & Peter Hill 36pts
Glyn Ottery & Martin Howlett 34pts
Alex Lyon & Malcolm Dennes 31pts
Seniors make it a double against Axe Cliff
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.
Seniors get just revenge as they beat Lyme Regis in return fixture.
On yet another glorious day, the Seniors Team with only one change to the side reversed the result in their return match against Lyme Regis at Long Sutton by winning 3 ½ to 2 ½, thus sharing the spoils over the home & away fixture 6 games each. Both side fielded similar team for both fixture, Sutton one change , Lyme 3 changes, most pairing playing their opponents from the 1st round.
1st out John Packett & Rich Bartin (match captain), who took the lead early in a very similar way to the start of the match at Lyme which we only a halved. The match continued very tight throughout, but with the Long Sutton pair keeping their heads in front most of the way round thanks to some good steady golf from John. It looked like the Lyme pair had repeated their fight back as they did at Lyme when they took the 14th & 15th holes to bring the match back to all square. A birdie by Rich on the 16th saw us back 1up. A half on the 17th & a great par by John on the 18th to half with the Lyme Captain, meant the Long Sutton took their match 1 up. A good start 1up
2nd Group out Mike Bowling & replacement partner Malcolm Dennes, had a battle on their hands to overturn the 4&3 defeat at Lyme. Obviously this was a stronger & very steady pairing which got their just victory of a 4&3, getting just revenge & the biggest Long Sutton victory of the day. Well done. Match 2 up to Long Sutton.
3rd Group out Glyn Ottery & Alastair Mullineux, a winning pair a Lyme, were out to try to repeat the performance against their pair. This had been a battle at Lyme, won by Glyn sinking putts from everywhere, so was always going to be yet another hard fought contest. Unfortunately, this time the Lyme Pair manage to marginally pull off a win (1up). Match now 2&1 to Long Sutton.
4th out Robin Ewbank & Peter Champness, narrowly defeated at Lyme 2&1, out to seek their revenge. Robin had held the pair together at Lyme, however change of fortune this time with Peter playing steady golf & the pair secure a 2&1 victory to get their revenge. Match now 3&1 to Long Sutton.
5th Group out were Andy Elphick & Mick Capps, our other winning pair at Lyme (winning 3&2). These were out against a change of Lyme player with matching handicaps. The match was hard fought & very even throughout with an overall result of shared honours, match halved. Overall Match won, Long Sutton leading 3 ½ to 1 ½.
Last group out were Senior Main Stay Peter Hill & John Rooks, which unfortunately had lost heavily against an on form Lyme pair, so were out to get an improvement & some revenge. This match was well balanced on handicap everyone off 19 so no shots. The match was hard fought but the Lyme pair played well & claimed the victory. However the Long Sutton pair had managed to reduce the deficit this time around.
Overall match result Long Sutton won 3 ½ to 2 ½. Well played side.
Mick Capps took the Long Sutton nearest the pin on the 7th.
CAPTAIN'S SENIOR MOMENTS - August Edition
- Winners of the JS Taylor Trophy (Canadian Greensomes) with an impressive 44 points were John Foad and John Seaton. Well done guys!
- Divisional winners of the Medal Q on 18th were: Keith Penfold with nett 65 in Div 1. That man Ian Jackaman withNett 71 in Div 2 and Trev Taylor with Net 71 in Div 3
- The pairing of Roy Moses and Cyril “serial winner” Griffin won the 4BBB stableford pairs with 46 points
Achievement of the Month (July)
Only one contender for the July award, winning a remarkable 4 competitions in club (2) and seniors (2) our winner is: Ian Jackaman. He started the month on 20.1 and is now 18.0. Simply brilliant Ian and very well done. Prize on it's way
Upcoming Competitions (all Thursdays unless stated)
Seniors Roll Up Medal (Q) on 15th
Seniors Open on 22nd
Seniors roll up Medal on 29th
Club Competitions and Events
Ladies Open on Wednesday 14th
Seniors Inter-Club Friendly Matches -July Results
Home matches against Bridport, Rushmore and The Dorset all won
Away match at Isle of Wedmore and at Lyme Regis were lost
A win recorded at Wheathill
July Summary: Played 6, Won 4 and lost 2
Sincere thanks to all members who were able to take part in my Captain's Day, Many congratulations to the overall winner of the Salver, Rich Overson who has now claimed both my individual competition prizes having won the 'Best Golfer' medalion on my VC Away Day last year. The raffle raised £440 (big thanks to Steve U) for my charilty Mind and huge thanks to all members for your continued generocity.
Finally, huge thanks and congratulations to Vice Captain Len who has organised the largest entry field to the Seniors Open, in our history. He is currently recovering well from a health scare and on behalf of all our members Len, get fit soon.
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