Weather & conditions got the better of our Seniors at the SGU County Championship
The SGU County Stableford took place last Friday, & again the event was well support by Long Sutton who field 7 Teams / 28 People, far more than any other club.
We went into the event with high hopes after winning both the Individual & Team trophies for the past 3 years. However, this was not to be our year, weather on the day & condition meant that we all struggled, and lost both the Team trophy and the Individual to a team from Wells which have been very successful through the season taking the Somerset Seniors Rose Bowl only the week before this event, so may be no surprise. The best Individual score 36 point, & the best Team score was 105points.
We did have one success on the day with Peter Bell winning the 70+ age group with a score of 32 pts which actually was the best Long Sutton score across all the groups.
Following Peter, best Long Sutton scores were Ian Jackaman, John Paterson, & Tim Forward, all with 30 Points.
Best Long Sutton Team score was John Paterson (30), Tim Forward (30), Rich Bartin (27), & Richard Axe (19) with score of 87 Pts (3 scores to count)
Next year Long Sutton will host the event again so hopefully we will have the advantage & can reclaim the trophies.
Seniors raise £3877 for "Mind In Somerset"
Seniors Captain Bill Bond, in the twilight of his tenure as Seniors Captain, presented a cheque for £3877 to David Fields, Community Fundraising Manager for Mind In Somerset. David heads up the charity's Community Fundraising Team from the Yeovil office.
Mind In Somerset was Bill's nominated charity for 2019. The CORE PURPOSE of the charity is to provide services and support to anyone affected by or vulnerable to mental illness, improving their quality of life and well-being.
CAPTAIN'S SENIOR MOMENTS - Final Edition
Throughout the season there have been some outstanding individual and team results. Here are some of the 'standout' performances:
- October: Gavin Baker and Alan Webber scored 47 points in the Minehead Club Challenge
- November: Keith Penfold scored 38 points in blustery conditions to win the 'Whisky Trot'
- January: Rich Overson and partner Denise Tomblin won the inaugural Paterson Rose Bowl (mixed pairs) with an eye watering 48 points.
- February: Bernard McTernan won the Canadian Greensomes (with Alan Musk) and the Medford with the lowest score of 17 points.
- March: the Seniors halved the season opening interclub match at Orchardleigh.
- April: new member Clive Haggett won the first Medal with a nett 67 (82 gross)
- May: Bob Horton wins 3 Clubs and a Putter plus the Yellow Ball with team members, Peter Hill, Cyril Griffin and Alan Musk
- June: With respective wins in Medal and Stableford plus the Seniors and Veteran (Nett) Championships, John Paterson and Peter Clarke were the stand out performers.
- July: Keith Penfold score an impressive Nett 65 in the Medal. Even more impressive, Ian Jackaman wins 4 competitions in seniors and club.
- August: That man Bob Horton wins 3 seniors competitions this month.
Achievement of the Season
Having reflected on the numerous and impressive achievements throughout the season, it's been very hard to single out one individual to receive the award. However, for his overall consistency and winning an incredible 4 competitions in the month of July, the winner is
Congratulations Ian on a truly fantastic season and a well deserved award which will be presented at the first available opportunity.
There have been many highlights (too many to mention) throughout my year as Seniors Captain, not least the success of both the Spring and Summer Open competitions which attracted record numbers. My thanks to Len, the Open Committee and all the volunteers for making both events such an amazing success.
To you senior members, my sincere thanks for your support and encouragement during my year as Captain. I'll never forget the experience (mostly good, but don't ask my wife!) and feel very privileged and humbled by the generosity shown in contributing to my charity, Mind in Somerset. The cheque will be presented this Thursday (3rd) after the competition.
Finally, I know you will all join me in wishing Len every success in his year as Seniors Captain, Long Sutton Golf & Country Club. Good times ahead!!
Seniors Captain 1st October 2019
"Ladies retain Redwood Cup after narrow win in Round 2"
On a pleasant morning with the threat of rain in the air, a strong Seniors Team led by Captain Bill were keen to avenge the heavy defeat last year and recover from a 10-5 mauling in this year's Round 1.
The senior men (not forgetting Veterans) had been in training for weeks and were keen to impress and grab back the bragging rights. No mean task.
Before the start, Captain Bill was faced with a major setback to his plan. Ladies Team Captain Denise, reported a last minute withdrawal and no reserve. Could this be a chance to grab the first point on a technicality? Not a bit of it, Denise was not having any of that and, as a further blow below the belt, Denise announced that she alone would take on the might of Bill and partner (serial winner) Dave Kennedy. Was this a cunning ploy or just bad luck? Starting on the 16th, the White tee seemed to be in a different county as the senior pair teed off. It was hard to see Denise as she walked to the Lady's tee. Clearly, Bill's cunning plan to bring the white tees up to the yellow's had been lost in communication or....?
Anyway, massive credit to Denise as she played flawlessly for a par 5 and an early lead. The senior pair recovered briefly from the earlier shock(s) as Bill had a 5 foot putt on 17 for a birdie 2 and missed, but still squared the match. From that moment on, Denise or 'Deadly D' played excellent golf and was too good for the Captain and his partner. However, some decent golf from the boys took the match down the 15th when Denise recovered with a great shot from the beach..sorry bunker, and halved in 5 to win 1 up.
After the match, the anticipation was at fever pitch as both Captain's waited for results.
Once again, Captain Bill was to be disappointed as his 'banker' pairing of hitherto unbeatable Ian Jackaman and Peter Clarke suffered an unexpected loss to Carole Paterson and Hilary Dennes. Well done ladies!
That was a real body blow to the Seniors prospects of winning the day and despite all the carefully chosen pairings winning their matches, Bill's team of 'warriors' just came up short losing narrowly 8-7 hence the ladies retained the coveted trophy with an overall score of 18-12.
Many congratulations Denise on both your own performance and captaining the Ladies to victory. My personal thanks to all the seniors team who did both me and the section proud.
Good luck next year Captain Len.
"Season ending win for Seniors at home to Honiton"
On a wet and windy day at the home of Long Sutton Golf & Country Club, Seniors Captain Bill welcomed popular former member David Scott and his Honiton team for the last home fixture of the season.
Despite the challenging conditions, following a spell of warm and sunny weather, the match was always going to be enjoyable with the characters involved on both sides.
The visiting pair of Match Captain David and partner Rob were first on the tee and both hit good drives to get the match underway followed by the home pairing of Captain Bill and Tim (Forward). The first hole resulted was halved with both David and Tim delivering routine par 4s. From that point on, it became evident that Rob playing off 21 was having one of those day's that, as his opponent, you really don't want. Driving, chipping and putting well, the visitors were 3 up after 6. To add insult to injury (pride) Rob proceeded to sink a 25ft putt for a 2 on the 7th. However, with the thought of going 4 down, Bill matched the putt and an unlikely half. From then on the game was nip and tuck but overall, the Honiton pair were more consistent and closed out the match 2up on the 17th.
The Veteran pairing of Rod 'Mr Reliable' Tucker and two time SGU Stableford Champion, Rich Axe had formidable opposition in Nick (20) and Alan (12). The Honiton pair started far too well with Nick succeeding in sinking long putts on the first two holes. Slight cracks started to appear as the match progressed and Rod's steely efforts gradually wore them down and the LS duo were one up at the turn. To quote Rich "I would like to report my vital contribution to this but alas, it was small and brief although there was a sprinkling of success amongst it."
The rain took its toll on the fourball (all veterans you know!) so the match finished after the fifteenth (at the behest of the Honiton pair) with Rod and Rich winning 3 up.
The LS pairing of Franco & Chris (Thayer) were playing a 6 handicapper partnered with a player off of 17 so there were plenty of shots to be had.
On the 2nd tee Peter Clark, lowest handicapper on view, announced he was now playing off of 5 as he had had a very good competition round at The Dorset the previous week. That meant more shots for everyone.
Some good & indifferent golf was played by all & fortunately for the home pair, Peter could not repeat his form of last week. With a commanding lead at the turn, which was further increased by the 14th Long Sutton completed a 5 & 4 victory which enabled an early course exit after the 15th - saving the players getting further soaked through.
The LS pairing of 'Gentlemen' Malcolm (Dennes) and Peter (Champness) started their match with, to quote Malcolm "With your exhortations to bring in a win ringing in our ears", Peter and Malcolm battled difficult conditions to achieve an honourable half, having lost the on the 18th green with the last putt of the match. Both sides held the upper hand at times but both agreed a half was the fairest result. The wind, rain and green conditions made low scoring tricky but the golf was competitive. The match was played in a typically friendly spirit.
The experienced veteran pairing of Mick Capps (13) and Peter Hill (19) ventured out against Derek Keen (12) and David Lee (21) and Mick was straight out of the starting blocks to take the LS pair 1 up on the 1st with a 5. All square through four, Mick delivered a commanding par on the 5th to go 1 up followed by Peter cheekily chipping in from off the green for another par on the 6th and then another par on the 7th to leave the LS duo 3 up. Peter took advantage of an additional stroke on the 8th to win the hole but both Mick and Peter had to settle for a half in 4’s on the ninth. 4 up at the turn and maintained a 4 shot lead through to the 12th which was lost despite a classy 3 from Mick.
With the rain coming in, Peter started the 'after burners' to deliver a 4 (net 3) on the 13th followed by a par on the 14th which resulted in a win to Mick and Peter 5 and 4. The rain had been on and off for most of the round so the rather wet 4 Ball decided to call it a day and head back to a warm shower and a beer!!
Mick and Peter had managed to dovetail their game very effectively to win the game against a very friendly and capable pair from Honiton.
To quote Peter "Another good day’s golf."
Following Len's victorious return to the fold at CST last week, he was teamed up with Dave Kennedy. Playing against an unbeaten pair in Alan (15), a member at Turnberry back in the day, whose dad was a scratch golfer, and Phil (23) who regularly drove over 200 yards. It was no surprise that the visiting 'dream team' raced to 4up after 6. However, we are talking about two time Golfer of the Year and as we have all been 'Kennedy'd' at some stage, he never gives up. So it proved as the home team dug in and reduced the deficit to 1 down at the 13th when Len holed a difficult putt for a 4 to go all square at the 14th, With the weather worsening, bunkers filling and Phil's glasses steaming up, the fourball agreed to finish the match on the 15th with a well earned and fair half.
Match Won 4 & 2
Thanks team for your efforts both on the day and throughout the season. Its been an enormous pleasure and a fitting end to my season playing with our friend Dave Scott. Winning the last match was sweet.