Seniors Spring Open
Roger Green, Dave Oatridge -- Minehead, Paul Colman, John Price Oake Manor
Gross Score 65 Team Handicap 5.1 Nett Score 59.9
Phil Evans, Mark Barber, Geoff Bell, John Docherty - Yeovil
Gross Score 66 Team Handicap 6.1 Nett Score 59.9
Mike Besant, Tony Persence, Paul Walker, John Dawson - Dorset G&CC
Gross Score 68 Team Handicap 5.1 Nett Score 62.9
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Phil Bowditch, Clive Haggett, Alec Lyon, David Harfield
Gross Score 64 Team Handicap 4.8 Nett Score 59.2
Keith Penfold, Nick Goodliff, Roy Parmiter, Peter Burch
Gross Score 64 Team Handicap 4.3 Nett Score 59.7
Adrian Nutland, John Sellick - LSGC, Chris Norton - Sherbourne, Paul House - Yeovil
Gross Score 64 Team Handicap 4 Nett Score 60
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Seniors triumph at Axe Cliff
Seniors Friendly away to Axe Cliff GC 15-04-2019
On a bright but very breezy day, 12 jolly golfers from Long Sutton descended upon Axe Cliff Golf Club, hoping to avenge a sound thrashing in the corresponding match last year.
Captain Graham Brimble had every confidence in his specially selected team and was proven correct in his judgement with a resounding 4 and 2 win.
Match 1. Graham and his partner Bob Smith got off to a fine start when Bob parred the tricky first to put them 1 Up, and although halving the next 5 holes went 3 UP at the turn. Good dovetailing ensured that the match resulted in a 5 and 4 win for LS. Some excellent golf was played by all 4 golfers in the match but the LS duo never allowed the home team to get any foothold in the match, which was played in the correct spirit.
Match 2. The LS team of V/C Steve Uzzell and Peter Smart were Axe Cliff virgins, with neither having played the course before. They eventually went down 3 and 2 to a very good pair from the home club after being 3 down at the turn. Peter Smart hid his disappointment at the after match meal by not only polishing off his main and pudding, but then finishing off the captains cheese and biscuits. Congratulations to Pete for winning the nearest the pin on the 11th.
Match 3 saw the tallest pairing of the day, with Rob Hartley partnering Julian Stapleton. Again the golf was of a very good standard considering the conditions and resulted in a win for LS by 2UP.
Match 4 included the quietest pairing with Chris Hockey partnering Douglas Hamilton. Believe that and you will believe anything. DH got the team off to a flyer by birdying the first and was 3 up at the turn. The opposition fought back to 1 down, when again DH conjured up another piece of magic with another birdie on the 16th. Evidently some ramblers thought they had witnessed Tiger Woods in disguise. The LS team eventually winning the match on the last. Win 2UP.
Match 5 saw Long Sutton's answer to the 2 Ronnies with the 2 Daves. Messrs Harfield and Butcher played a fine match resulting in a 4 and 3 win. Dave H (first time at Axe Cliff) won the first hole, then fell to the quirkiness of the Axe Cliff course by never finding his second shot into the green on the second and running his second shot off the minuscule third green into the hedge. Dave B thought he had the 6th with a par only to be out done by Gilbert of Axe Cliff who chipped in for a birdie to go 1 UP. Dave H's drive to the 7th ended on the edge of the green, from which he won the hole to draw level. Dave B then took the 8th and Dave H halved the ninth. Both Daves won the 10th and Dave B halved the 11th. Dave Harfield then had the nerve to produce a trick shot on the 12th when his out of bounds drive bounced off the Green Keepers hut back onto the fairway, however, Dave B won the hole. Dave H took the 10th and with halves on the 14th and 15ths the match was won. Thanks to Dave B for playing with a bad back. He got his excuse in early.
Match 6 saw the experienced team of David Kennedy and Robin Ewbank take to the field. In a tight game the LS pair narrowly went down 2 and 1 with the game again being played in a friendly but competitive spirit.
Both teams enjoyed a very nice meal (some more than others Peter) after the match, in a tremendous atmosphere.
The Seniors go down fighting at the Dorset!
On a lovely day for golf the seniors team felt full of confidence of achieving a result. However once we saw what we were up against we became a little less confident as the opposition looked like they outgunned us in al but one match. Off first were Len Collin and Peter Hill against their Match Captain, Peter Connor and his partner Stuart Halliday. The first cause for concern was seeing Peter trundle up in a buggy, still suffering a little from a muscle injury in his back acquired during the recent trip to Bowood in Cornwall. We feared the worst as we both started tentatively and went 1 down at the second! However Peter proved to be in excellent form and only played a handful of bad shots from then on as we slowly established a lead we never gave up. Len did contribute here and there with his highlight being a "hole in 1" on the par 3 15th, well it was a 2 net 1 in truth, that sealed the win 4 and 3. Unfortunately that proved to be the first of only 2 wins as the Dorset team tightened the screw. Dave Harfield and Robin Ewbank came up against it playing an 11 handicapper who should probably have been on half that, returning as he did a gross 36 score on the front 9 for par! They lost 7 and 6 despite playing well! Gavin Baker partnered by Jimmy Quinn did not have the rub of the green losing out 3 and 2. Phil Bowditch and Peter Champness stopped the rot hanging on for a 2 and 1 victory, with Phill winning the nearest the pin prize on the 17th.
At this point the match was all square and I had high hopes of Dave Manning and Chris Hockey , our 5th pairing. In Chris's own words: " Dave Manning and myself got off to a poor start going 2 down early on as we both found ponds, ditches and bunkers, lots of bunkers! We fought back to all square after 9, but lost the match on the 18th. The post match beer was good however! " Chris always sees the bright side! The final pair of Andy Elphick and newcomer Andy Grayson were always going to be up against it playing a pairing which included 9 handicapper Geoff Plant, playing on his home turf; and so it proved, with them manfully going down 8 and 6.
The day was none the less a very pleasant one and I hope everybody enjoyed the experience. This was a difficult course not in the best of condition after heavy recent rain, and I would like to thank all the members of the team for their support and their efforts whilst looking forward to hopefully reversing the result in the Home Match on the 15th July.
Seniors Vice Captain
Seniors start the season with a draw at Orchardleigh
On a glorious sunny spring day the LSGC seniors started their new Inter-Club campaign with a creditable draw at Orchardleigh. Always a difficult fixture against strong opponents there were some stand out performers on the day with the 'dream team' of Franco Callandrini and (new recruit) Clive Haggett taking the plaudits with a convincing 5&3 victory to secure a share of the spoils.
Vice Captain Len and partner Tim Forward (peaking at the right time) proved a potent partnership winning 2&1. Brian Hunter on his debut playing with the experienced powerhouse Graham Brimble narrowly missed out 2&1 after a close fought nip and tuck encounter. Our 2017 Captain Rod ‘Mr Reliable’ Tucker calmly encouraged Captain Bill to ‘just relax’ and the pair almost sleep walked through to a well fought and friendly half.
Dave ‘lumberjack’ Butcher plotted a course through the trees and undergrowth in his noisy gas powered tractor (sorry buggy) whilst playing partner Glynn preferred to stay out of trouble with his shiny new Mizuno clubs. Despite only brief meetings on the greens the match ended all square.
Bob Smith and playing partner David Harfield were up against a formidable home duo and despite playing well went down 5&3 which was a bit harsh!
Well done team for all contributing to a well earned result to kick off the new season. No April fools on this day!!
Seniors & Match Captain
Captain's Senior Moments
CAPTAIN'S SENIOR MOMENTS
- Seniors earn creditable draw in season opening Inter-Club match at Orchardleigh.
- The 'League of Gentlemen' team of Alistair Mullineux, Julian Stapleton, Peter Hill and Andy Elphick win the Indoor Pitch and Putt competition with 69 points (on putting countback)
- John Packett, Peter Bell, Colin Venus (that man again..) and Clive Vian win the Florida Scramble with 73. Just beating the Captain's team (Bond,Hawkins,Timms & Abbott) by one point...putt!!
- That man Peter Bell wins the Div 1 Stableford with 36 points. Peter Clarke just edges the Div 2 with 33 points on countback from Bob Horton. Divison 3 winner was Bob Fill with 35 points/
- The Dryer Cup was won by the South despite a good showing from the Northern lads in the final round of singles.
Achievement of the Month (February)
This month my choice is not from the list of competition winners or an outstanding performer. Instead I've chosen someone who due to the 'no buggies' weather plus illness has played hardly any golf. Despite this he still claimed 3rd place in the Div 2 Stableford with 30 points....it's Gavin (the Gov) Baker!!
Upcoming Competitions (all Thursdays unless stated)
Bowmaker (Stableford) on 4th
Seniors v Kingweston home on 4th
Seniors away at Dorset G&CC on Monday 8th
Jurassic Challenge at Lyme Regis on Tuesday 9th
Stableford (Q) on 11th
Seniors away at Axe Cliffe on Monday 15th
Seniors away at Honiton on Tuesday 16th
LSGC Seniors Spring Open on 18th
Seniors Avalon League away at Minehead on Wednesday 23rd
Medal Qualifier on 25th
Club Competitions and Events
Club Night every Wednesday
Members Individual Stableford on weekends
Rule(s) to Remember
The new rule allowing the flag to remain in the hole whilst putting is intended to speed up play. It would appear that it can do just the opposite IF we don't work out with our playing partners/opponents how best to avoid the time consuming flag in/flag out putting order. The rule exists..common sense should prevail.
One scenario: Long putt downhill = IN and short put uphill – OUT
The Inter-Club season has started and new recruits Brian Hunter and Clive Haggett really enjoyed the experience so please give it a go! Check the board and sign up online or on the sheet. Teams will be selected from the complete list and not just the online entries.
Well done to all last months winners.
Seniors Captain 3rd April 2019
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