The Seniors outgunned by Farrington at home! - 2nd May 2017
The first match out was Len Collin and Colin Hardaway with Colin giving shots to everybody! It was a tough fought match although we never managed to head the Farrington pair of Dave and Ray who putted absolutely brilliantly all day and were full of praise for the quality of our greens. We managed to pull it back to all square half way through the game but they pulled away again and despite winning the 16th we finally succumbed on the 17th to go down 3 & 1.
Next out were Steve Uzzell and Bill Campbell. Although they eventually won 3 & 2, our only win of the day as it turned out, it was fairly nip and tuck all the way. The home pairing started strongly and went into a 3 hole lead after 4, having halved the first. From then on holes were evenly shared with Steve and Bill arriving at the 16th still 3 up. The 16th was halved and both pairs shook hands. A fine win for Long Sutton.
Match 3 saw Gavin Baker paired with Alex Morrice; they had a great game, closely fought. At one stage they were 4 down but managed to pull it back to all square as they arrived at the 16th. Then on the 16th they were beaten by the handicapping as they had the same score as the opposition but they had the extra shot. After failing to halve the 17th they went down 2 & 1. Bad luck guys!
Match 4 saw John Packett and Jimmy Quinn paired together. They started the match with the opposition down to one player, Dave, as his partner Steve was late arriving! All the same they lost the first hole but managed to halve the second before Dave's partner managed to catch up with them on the third tee. They then proceeded to go 3 up before John and Jimmy started to pull things back. The home pairing managed to get to all square a couple of times but never got in front. The 17th saw Jimmy hole his second shot with a putt of at least 30 feet to get back to all square and John managed to halve the 18th with an equally important if less specatacular 12 foot putt to halve the match. All in all a fair result John thought.
In match 5 Bill Bond and Andre Blond were up against a consistent 12 handicapper and his 25 handicap partner who grubbed a driver onto the 9th green and won the hole with a 3 net 2; and this after Andre had got closest to the pin! "Enough said" was Bill's comment - not their lucky day as they lost on the 16th 3 & 2
The final pairing saw Dave Butcher playing with Peter Hill against the Farrington pairing of Kevin, a 23 handicapper and a rooky as far as Inter Club Games is concerned, and Rick who played off 17. They started by halving the first three holes but sadly the Orchardleigh pair dovetailed much better and much quicker than did Peter and Dave. Dave admitted after the match that he was not in good form and that Peter struggled manfully to make a game of it. Kevin was playing like a 15 handicapper and taking good advantage of his extra shots so that by the turn Long Sutton were 4 down!! Each time they grabbed one back their opponents responded instantly. Our boys were dormy 3 going down the 16th; Peter and Dave got a good 6 but Rick delivered a par 5 to clinch the game 4 & 2
Thanks for your efforts everybody and here's hoping we have better luck in the return match on the 16th!
Len Collin, Match Captain
The Seniors narrowly lose at Orchardleigh - 11th April 2017
The first team out was Captain Rod and Steve Uzzell who had a very close match which was halved on the 18th hole when Mike Norris missed his short putt .
Game 2 had Alec Lyon, the Canny Scot, paired with Ken Jacobs; they had a very hard game against a very good Orchardleigh pair, both good 13 handicaps. Sadly though they lost but well played to you both.
Game 3 with Len Collin and Richard Bartin, the Captains Bankers, and as always they did the job with a fine victory of 3&1.
Next was the pairing the crowd had all come to see, the Somerset Seniors Champion, Bill Bond, and Mike Poole; the Ant & Dec of the Seniors Section! They had the crowd spellbound and won 2&1.
Things were on the change and the Captain was beginning to think we might get something from the match.
Game 5 was Douglas Hamilton (just back from holiday in France) and Chris Hockey (just back from holiday in Cyprus).Whether it was too much Vino or Ouzo, or just Jet Lag we do not know but they lost 6 & 5. (my monies on the Vino as Douglas took his car to France) .
Game 6 saw David Kennedy and Peter Champness who could still win the match for us, but sadly lost 5&4 but well played to you both.
Result : Orchardleigh 31/2 Long Sutton 21/2
Thank you all for playing
Seniors County Scratch KO - Great result.
Seniors Scratch KO
The Seniors drew The Mendip in the first round of the scratch competition at Wheathill last Thursday.
Out first was Rich Bartin drawn against a current Somerset seniors county player, a tough ask. After 13 holes Rich was level par gross and more importantly 3 up, a lead he maintained to win 3 and 2.
A great result.
Next out was Phil Bowditch who started badly but fought back before eventually losing 5 and 4, again to a county player.
Match all square.
Third out was Martin Hawkins who had a tough match against a past county champion but went 3 up early on. Martin maintained this lead winning 3 and 2. Well played.
Fourth out was John Parkinson , who , from tee to green was superb. The match went to the final hole all square but John's putter let him down and lost the hole.
Match again all square.
Out last was Chris Binding who also had a tough match with the lead changing hands on a few occasions. However Chris went dormy 2 up. On the 17th hole Chris put his drive in the trees, lost ball ! Now Dormy on the last. Chris's opponent put his tee shot on the green. However Chris responded superbly under pressure and put his tee shot pin high but just off the green. Facing a tricky downhill , right to left putt, Chris put it dead. Now his opponent had to sink his putt. He missed and we had won 3-2 .
All of the matches were played in a good spirit and the Mendip team remained for a drink or two and share our celebrations.
We now face either Wells or Burnham in the next round.
The Seniors v The Dorset - at last a win !
An excellent result from our visit to The Dorset. In a very close match we finally won by 3 1/2 to 2 1/2.
Martin and I were up against it from Hole 1. When I rolled in an 8 ft putt for birdie I thought the least we would get would be a half however our 'friend' on the opposition rolled his in and promptly said 3 net 2 'I get a shot' That's how it went for the rest of the round.
Phil & Bill (got a nice ring to it!') won 7/6 with both players playing very well,and keeping us level.
Match 3 John W & Franco had a tough game and came through 2 & 1.Unfortunately Dave & John J. ran into a pair in form and lost 5/4. The two John's J.P. & J.R. won their match 1 up.Winning on the last green.
So with us 1 game to the good and pairing of Gavin and Colin all square on the 18th (they would have won it anyway) accepting an honorable draw, we won the overall match.
A big thank you from me to all you guys who made yourself available and traveled to The Dorset.
Mike Bowling Match Captain.
The Seniors retain the Jurassic Challenge Trophy
Long Sutton Seniors again entered a team for The 2017 Jurrasic Challenge at Lyme Regis Golf Club, having successfully walked away with all the spoils last year! This year however we were only able to enter one team led by ex Seniors Captain Glyn Ottery. He and partner Len Collin were the defending leading points scorers in the 4 ball better ball competition. However neither of them was on top form this year and there would be no repeat of last year's performance as they turned in an inconsistent but creditable 39. However the second pairing of Phil Bowditch and Mike Layzell stepped up to the plate with a score of 42 and won a close fought competition on count back to retain the title for Long Sutton. Our third pairing of Rich Bartin and Steve Uzell checked in with a strong 41, whilst Martin Hawkins and Gavin Baker also returned a 39, with Martin winning a 2 spot on the 9th hole. This gave the Long Sutton Team a combined score of 161 which once again landed us the Team Trophy for a second consecutive year. Well done to everyone and thanks for turning out twice in 14 days, the first attempt at staging the competition having been abandonned shortly after the start because of fog! Thanks to Glyn for leading the team and thanks too to Peter Hill for orgainsing the entry, albeit at a distance - he's currently cruising the Danube I believe!
Len Collin on behalf of Glyn Ottery, who is dashing off on his holidays tomorrow, and the rest of the team.