Long Sutton Seniors enjoy much improved results in June with wins against Taunton & Pickeridge, Wells and Enmore! .
Following the win against Isle of Wedmore at the beginning of the month the Seniors Section saw a welcome return to form in June. Next up was Weymouth away, and having drawn the home match in May hopes were high. Unfortunately the match had to be cancelled and is now due to be played on the 8th August.
On 13th June we welcomed Taunton & Pickeridge Seniors to Long Sutton.
Match 1: Douglas Hamilton 12 and Rob Hartley 12 WON 6 / 4 . Both dovetailed well to produce a good result .
Match 2: Alex Lyon 12 and Chris Hockey 22 LOST by 1 on the last hole . Obviously a very close match with the old story of the opposing higher handicap player having a stonking round when he just wasn't supposed to!
Match 3: Richard Barton 10 and John Packet 18 WON 3 / 2 A very good result...........the club is even beginning to expect it !
Match 4: Alan Webber 12 and Len Collin 27 LOST 4 / 3 . A perfectly normal case of.........'you can't win 'em all '
Match 5: Jimmy Quinn 14 and Andrew Elfick 23 gained a HALF and a very ' happy half ' at that ! A very close match all the way round , the result leaving both sides smiling .
Match 6: Jon Searl 16 and Peter Benn 18 WON 2 / 1, a very commendable result against two ex members of our club who defected !
So Match Captain Douglas Hamilton was very happy to report Long Sutton WON 3 1/2 against 2 1/2 .........a very good result on a perfect day for weather with the course and greens playing true ( most of the time ) and an excellent dinner to finish the event . Thank you also to our very own resident comedian.......Mr Jimmy Quinn sending everyone home with a smile . A big thank you to all who played and supported the club once again , great effort .
On 15th June we welcomed Wells Golf Club Seniors and Captain Rod was back to lead our team.
The sun was shining and the course looked great, a perfect day for a game of golf.
Game 1: Alan Webber (13) & Len Collin (27) played a good Wells pair Nick Carter (15) & Alan Elkin(14). They had a very tight match with Long Sutton winning 2 & 1.
Game 2: The Captain’s bankers Peter Hill (18) & John Jeanes (20), fresh back from the gym their superior fitness showed, with a great win of 4 & 3. Well played both.
Game 3: Captain Rod (9) & Glyn Ottery (13) played Captain Glyn Hallet (14) & Rick Sheared (19). Captain Glyn birdied the 1st and Rick won the 2nd . Rick played fantastic golf until Rod pointed out on the 10th that he was a 19 handicapper; this had the desired effect and Rick did not feature on any more holes. We kept in the match with us dove tailing well and won by 2 holes. Well played Glyn.
Game 4: Graham Brimble (16) & Bill Bond (20) beat Mike Glee (15) & Piers Darby (21) 4 & 2
Game 5: A New Pairing Richard Bartin (10) & Rob Ford(16) had a fine win against a strong Wells pair. Well played to you both, thanks Rob for helping out at the last minute.
Game 6: Mike Capps(11) & Peter Bell (18) played Dave Hayward (6) & Chris Strickland (20). Sadly Peter hurt his back and had to go off at the 9th. Mick battled on and at one point was 3 down, but only lost by one hole in the end. Well played Mick.
Glyn Ottery and Wells Captain Glyn Hallett found they had the same Christian names, this was the first time they had met anyone with the same name and spelling, GLYNWR. Sounds like a name for “Harry Potter”.
The final result was a WIN for Long Sutton 5 –1
Thank you all for playing. Rod Tucker
On 26th June we had an away match with Kingweston, always a tricky one if you don't know the course well! The greens and approaches there are an acquired taste, said Match Captain Roger Brassington, and by the time most of us had got accustomed to them it was too late. I would say though they are a good bunch, and apart from the result it was a good day out. The results are as follows :
Roger Brassington and Alan Deacon lost 3 and 2.
Steve Uzzell and John Rooks lost 3 and 1.
Peter Bell and Chris Hockey lost 3 and 2
Alan Webber and Bob Fill lost 5 and 4.
Simon Scarborough and Len Collin lost 3 and 2
John Jeannes and Richard Axe lost 5 and4. So overall not the best of results but happily the month ended on a high with a win over Enmore at home on 27th with an enlarged team of 8 pairs winning 51/2 to 21/2 . Let's hope our improved form continues for the rest of the season !
The Seniors win well at home against Cricket St Thomas
On Thursday 18th May 2017 Long Sutton Seniors under the Captaincy of Rod Tucker played Cricket St.Thomas.
The first team out saws Rod and Mike Capps play Roger Stone and Nick Clarke. Nick played well below his handicap and we lost 3&2
Next Alex Morrice and Alan Webber played ex green keeper Lyndsey Gage and his partner George Wallace, a strong Cricket St. Thomas pairing, and we lost again 4&2
Game 3, Bill Campbell and Peter Bell, (the Captain’s bankers) played Keith Potter and Mick Aldridge and were comfortable winners, 3&1.
Halfway and 2-1 down, time to bring out the big guns.
Game 4, into the arena came the canny Scot Alec Lyon and his sidekick Peter Champness and they did the business with a great win of 5&4; well played both of you.
Game 5, a new pairing , the 2 J’s Joe Jowett and Jon Searl had a very tough task against a good Cricket St. Thomas pair, but played well and won 4&3.
Game 6, all we need is a half to win the match, the final pair saw Rich Bartin(10) and Len Collin (26) take on Stuart Pope (20) and John MacOmish (20) in a very tight and tense match that went to the last hole, with a win for Long Sutton.
The final score Long Sutton 4 – 2 Cricket St. Thomas.
A fine win for the Seniors against Isle of Wedmore at home 6th June 2017
Long Sutton home to Isle of Wedmore
On Tuesday 6th June 2017 Long Sutton Seniors under the captaincy of Rod Tucker played The Isle of Wedmore.
The 1st team out were Alec Lyon (12) and Jon Searl (16) and they had a fine win against a good I.O.W pair. Well played both.
Game 2 was Richard Bartin (12) & Peter Champness (27). This winning team proved hard to beat and had a convincing win of 5&3 against Martin Peakman (14) & Robin Knight (22).
Game 3. Captain Rod (9) & new partner Bob Smith (20) had a tight match but won 2&1.
Halfway through the matches and 3 up, good so far.
Game 4. Bill Bond (20) & David Kennedy (21) lived up to their billing and kept the fine start going, winning 2&1. Thank you both for playing.
Game 5. Bring on the Captain’s Bankers, Keith Lancey (19) and John Packett (18). They played Tony Biggs (17) & Brian Crosby (21). Our boys dove tailed well and won 2 & 1.
Game 6. With the conditions more suited to kite flying than golf, Phill Bowditch (8) & Gavin Baker (18) mastered the conditions well, winning 5 & 3. Great win well played.
Nearest the pin – Long Sutton, John Packett
I.O.W Tony Hoskins
Result = Long Sutton 6 – Isle of Wedmore 0
Thanks for playing ,
Long Sutton Seniors v Weymouth - 25th May
Long Sutton V Weymouth - On the 25th May 2017 under the Captaincy of Rod Tucker Long Sutton played Weymouth.
Game 1 Rod Tucker & Mike Stringer played Alan Roberts & partner Tony Fellows. This was a very close game played In the right spirit and the home team won 2 & 1.
Game 2 Jimmy Quinn who was paired with John Jeanes and had a tough match losing 2&;1 hard luck boys and well played. Thanks too Jim for the after match entertainment!
Game3 Richard ( Dick) Barton & Malcolm Dennes played against Paul Whittle & Dave Ritchie, a strong Weymouth pairing, and they had a convincing win 4&3, booking their place on the beach for the return leg. Don’t forget your bucket and spade guys!
Game 4 Chris Thayer & the unpredictable Gavin Baker; we never know which Gavin will turn up but to be fair neither does he! Although they played well they went down 2-0.
Game 5 Tim Forward & Peter Hill the Captains Bankers and they played like a couple of Bankers losing narrowly by 1 hole.
Game 6 the final game saw Alan Webber & Colin Hardaway get the point we needed with a fine win by 1 hole.
Final Score Long Sutton 3 Weymouth 3
Thank you all for playing.
The Seniors v Farrington away on 16th May - the weather was the winner!
Once again the elements were against us! The first match out featured Len Collin, match captain, and Peter Hill teeing off against Farrington's first and closely matched pair of Mike and Dave. The weather was overcast but dry and the course was playing well. Len quickly demonstrated that he was on ( very! ) good form by halving the first with a par. He then made good use of his generous stroke allocation and followed with a win on the second and on the third. Len and Peter dovetailed well for the remainder of the holes played and only lost 2 holes, the rest being either halved or won. It started raining as we progressed down the 6th fairway and spirits began to wane as the rain worsened. We were 4 up at the end of the 13th with 5 to play and our opponents conceded defeat as the dry clubhouse beckoned. This was not before Mike and Dave had quizzed Peter more than once about Len's real handicap!!
Next out were Dave Butcher and Gavin Baker. They managed to hold their own for the first few holes but slowly lost a couple to our opponents, who were also playing poorly, but not quite so badly as us. Both Dave and Gavin managed to win a couple of holes each, but by the time they came to the end of the 15th, they were four down and decided that the weather was the definite winner of the day, having totally demoralised all of us. We walked in to find most of the other teams had similar ideas and were sitting in the lounge!
The third team out were Ian Jackaman and Franco Calandrini. They had close game in difficult conditions, the rain started on the second hole and didn't stop! They were all square after 9 and could have walked in as the four of them were totally drenched, but the Long Sutton spirit made them finish the 18 holes and we were congratulated by the rest of us for finishing al 18 holes even though the game finished on the 17 as they lost 2&1.
Next out were Bill Campbell and Alex Morrice. They were having a good game and were 1 up after 12, but the rain meant Alex could see nothing through his glasses. He took them off to putt but the results were disastrous and they lost 3 and 2. They were one of the few who finished and on the famous 12th hole they all played provisional balls!
Chris Hockey and jolly Jimmy Quinn were paired together in the 5th match out. They both started well and were two up after 4 holes. The opposition pulled it back to all square after 7 and a rain effected match finished early with the match captain declaring it a half, although in fairness to Farrington they were actually 2 up when they swam in!
The last pair were Steve Uzzell and Phil Bowditch and like the team before them they only managed to play nine holes Although the first four holes were shared, they were four down by the time the weather got the better of them.
All in all not the best of afternoons but Farrington seem to have coped with the conditions better than us, and certainly the later starters had the worst of it. Thanks to everybody who turned out and let’s hope for better luck next time.