Match report – LSGC Seniors v Honiton, away
Match report – LSGC Seniors v Honiton, away.
Another match that was originally scheduled for September, this back match was finally played on 17th October. With the seniors’ AGM taking place on 13th October, when I handed the captaincy to Rod, I had scheduled a holiday from the 15th and was therefore unavailable for the Honiton game. Bit disappointed really, as I enjoy the Honiton course and the food is always top draw. Captain Rod was also unavailable and therefore I was pleased when club captain John Williams offered to step in for me. Before I jetted off to the sun, I had picked the team for the day, based mainly on those selected for the original match and on paper we looked pretty strong :-
Match 1 John would be partnered by Tim Forward.
Match 2 Richard Bartin & Franco
Match 3 Dave Manning & Alan Webber
Match 4 Graham Brimble & Peter Hill
Match 5 Gordon Clamp & Gavin Baker
Match 6 Dave Kennedy & Stewart Thompson
A lot of experience, some good match play golfers, I was confident.
Not sure what went wrong. I didn’t get all the details, just an email to advise me we had lost! Apparently, at the post match meal, our captain John blamed poor team selection. Fair enough. I understand the Honiton golfers were most hospitable and a good day out was enjoyed by all. My thanks to everyone who took part.
LSGC – Seniors’ Captain 2015 /2016 (retired)
A Message from Rod Tucker, Seniors Captain 2016-17
It is an honour to be the Seniors’ Captain of Long Sutton for 2016/17.
I have been a member of this great golf club since 1992 and have enjoyed every moment of my time here. The ever improving course is very senior friendly, not too long and easy walking, however you have to be accurate as the ditches come into play and the greens are small. For a golf lover there is nothing quite like being a member of a club, it’s about playing regular golf on a course you enjoy; but Long Sutton Seniors believe it is more than that, it’s about camaraderie and friendship, sharing a passion and having fun.
If you are over 55, you are welcome to join our Seniors Section for £5 per year. We already have 158 members who compete in our seniors’ competitions on Thursday mornings. We run summer and winter knockout competitions and there is also a friendly roll up on Tuesdays from early morning.
In summer there are about 35 friendly fixtures against other local clubs, on a home and away basis. The accent is on “Good Golf, Good Food and Good Company”, and it affords an inexpensive way to enjoy a variety of other courses in the area.
We are very lucky to have such a fantastic committee; they all give their time very generously to make our Seniors Section such a success.
If you are having a bad day, enjoy the company and the views. After the game, enjoy a drink or a meal prepared by our excellent chefs in our modern clubhouse, where you are sure to be given a friendly welcome; it’s that sort of club.
This year my Charity will be “Pink Champagne” Breast Cancer. Your generous donations into my ‘Blob’ pot will be most welcome and there will be other Charity events during my year.
My thanks to Chris Hockey for inviting me to be his Captain for 2017, an honour I was proud to accept.
My Vice Captain is Jon Searl and we look forward to having a great year of golf at Long Sutton.
Seniors’ Captain 2017
Match report - LSGC Seniors v The Dorset, away fixture.
With back to back matches on Monday 10th & Tuesday 11th October, I was pleased to field two completely different teams. In fact an extended team of 14 seniors made the trip to Bere Regis and beyond, on the 11th to compete in 7 x 4 ball matches. There is quite an impressive set up at The Dorset Golf & Country Club. I remember staying at the lodges there, a couple of years ago, when a crowd of LSGC seniors had 2 nights and 3 rounds of golf there, most enjoyable, except for the fines imposed by Mr Williams!
Even before he had won the Division 2 championship and the SGU Seniors’ Stableford Competition, I had selected Bill Bond as my partner for this match. Now on a winning streak, with the natural class of a gifted golfer seeping from his pores, I was very pleased to have Bill as my partner. What could go wrong? In fairness, Bill’s class did come through, on more than one occasion, especially when he put the ball 18 inches form the hole on the par 3, 13th. The put was given, only for their captain, Martin, to sink his from 12 feet, also for a two. As B.B. said, we were mentally trodden on. We let a 2 hole advantage slip away and eventually lost our match on the 17th, Bugger!
Colin Hardaway and Rich Bartin did better in match 2 where they secured a half. Ex club captain Richard Bartin has been particularly helpful to me during the year. With his agreement, in previous matches, I have partnered him with some of the seniors representing our club for the first time. They haven’t always won, but valuable experience has been passed on, especially how to keep smiling. Thanks Richard, you are a star.
There was better news from John Packet and Alan Webber who had a win 2 & 1 in match 3. Looking back, I see that Alan has turned out 19 times for inter club matches this year and only lost one of them, quite an achievement Alan, well done.
In match 4 Peter Hill & Mike Layzell found it wasn’t their day and they went down 4 &3, but more good news in match 5 where Gavin Baker & Phil Bowditch won a tight match on the 18th. Great finish.
Mike Bowling & David Kennedy were paired up in match 6, but it was not their day either and they lost 6 & 5 leaving my hopes resting on Len Collin & Richard Axe in match 7. It was not to be, however and with the last pair loosing 4 & 3 the overall result was a win for the Dorset G & CC by 4½ to 2½.
A quart of foaming Dorset ale and an excellent post match meal followed, along with the usual exchange of pleasantries between their captain and myself. My sentiments were honestly expressed, as I really did enjoy playing the Dorset course & the food was top draw. Most of all though, I enjoyed the company, especially the company of the senior golfers from Long Sutton Golf Club. It was a bit embarrassing when Bill Bond stood up at the end of our day in Dorset and said some very kind words. Thanks Bill. That almost left me speechless, but not quite!
This was my last match as seniors’ captain and checking back there have been over 60 seniors who have joined me and the other match captains to play in the interclub matches. I hope all of you have enjoyed it as much as I have, it has been great. Thanks for your company.
LSGC – Seniors Captain
Match report – LSGC Seniors v Cricket St Thomas, away fixture.
Originally scheduled for September this return match was played on 10th October in bright, if slightly chilly conditions. I haven’t played at this club for some years and I was keen to see the improvements I had heard about. There was certainly evidence of this in the club house, but less so on the course. It is still a lot of “up hills and down dales” and my opinion was probably not helped when gremlins entered my electric trolley and I ended up pushing from the 7th hole. Those hills get steeper when you are pushing, believe me!
I was out first with playing partner Mike Poole and he did a fine job of holding us together to get us a half.
Rod Tucker and Chris Thayer secured another half in match 2. Match 3 with Steve Uzzell and Chris Slocombe was lost 5 and 4 and another loss in match 4 with the two blokes from Stoke, Graham Brimble and Gordon Clamp going down 4 and 2. Malcolm Dennes & Peter just lost out on the last put on the last hole, but still managed a half and in the last match Dave Manning and Franco Calandrini had the best win of the day by 6 & 5, great result. Overall we had just been beaten by 3½ t o 2½. The dress code to follow the match was smart casual with a cold meat buffet, both of which went down a lot better than the joke I told!
LSGC – Seniors’ Captain
The Seniors Captain's Charity, Cancer Research UK, presented with a cheque for over £2,000
Every year the seniors captain nominates a charity that he wishes to support during his captain’s year and this year I nominated Cancer Research UK. The members of the seniors’ section have been exceptionally generous with their support, especially with the regular contributions to “The Blob Pot”, following our weekly competitions. On Thursday 6th October, in the good company of a crowd of fellow seniors, I was very pleased to present a cheque for over £2,000 to representatives from the charity. Thanks very much for everyone who contributed and please give your support next year to Rod’s nominated charity.
Chris Hockey, Seniors Captain - Long Sutton Golf Club