Report on Seniors v Minehead 13th Sept 2016
With thunder and lightening blowing across Somerset in mid morning, which resulted in a temporary course closure, there was a possibility that our inter club match would be called off. However, with the weather improving and the Minehead team having already arrived & keen not to have had a wasted trip, the match teed off as planned. We did get a bit wet, but no more lightening, so all matches were completed.
I have played with vice captain Rod Tucker a few times this year, but this was our first time pairing up for a club match. Rod plays some great golf and it was mainly down to him that we won by 1. If I could just improve that blessed putting we could have closed them out a lot earlier.
I teamed up the winning pairing of Webber & Kennedy for match 2 and they came through, again, with another win 3 & 2. Top golfers.
My Petherton pal, Chris Thayer & Gordon Clamp secured a half in match 3, with the powerful pair of Phil Bowditch and Steve Uzzell winning by 1 in match 4.
Peter Hill and John Thomas were involved in another close game in match 5 but just missed out, loosing by1 and then a storming finish from Richard Bartin & John Packett with an excellent win 5 & 4 in match 6. The overall result was another win for LSGC seniors by 4 ½ to 1 ½ . Great stuff and a big thanks to all the team. The Minehead match was my last fixture at home, as seniors’ captain and I would like to thank all those members of the section who have played in the home matches and provide hospitality to our visitors. You are all a credit to the club. Please make sure you give Rod the same support in his captain’s year.
I have also sent a note to the owners asking them to pass on my thanks to every one of the catering and serving staff who have looked after us so well and provided such great post match meals.
With 4 away matches at Wells, Honiton, Cricket St T and The Dorset still to be played this year, you could still get on the team sheet. Availability lists are on the board.
Chris Hockey – Seniors’ captain
Seniors v The Dorset Golf & Country Club 9th Sept 2016
With Mike Bowling recording 44 points in a recent seniors’ internal comp there was a good chance I would select him to partner me in an inter club match! At home to The Dorset we teed off together in the first match out and he didn’t disappoint. Sliding in a long putt from off the green to birdie the 2nd and chipping in for a rarely seen eagle on the 3rd we had their captain Martin & his partner rattled early on, especially as I had recorded a par on the first. They pulled it back and with both sides giving generous putts on the 18th it meant our match was halved, a fair result.
In match 2 the experience of John R Paterson and enthusiasm of Bill Bond proved a winning combination as they had an excellent win 5 & 4.
Another experienced player, Richard Bartin paired up with Stewart Thompson in match 3, with Stewart representing his club for the first time. Stewart played well & Richard was hitting some big shots (through the back of the 16th in 2) but it was not quite enough, as they lost 2 & 1.
With Dave Kennedy & Alan Webber bringing home a win 2 & 1 in match 4 and Mick Capps & Andre Blond securing a half in match 3 it was all down to the result of the last match. Big Jim Lloyd and fellow “leftie” Peter Hill both played well, but the 10 handicapper they were up against played better and Dorset took that one by 3 & 1.
Overall the match was halved. Our postponed return match at The Dorset is scheduled for October the 11th, which will be my last match as seniors captain. I will be very keen to win that one. As usual my thanks to all who played.
Chris Hockey – Seniors captain
SENIORS QUALIFY FOR THE PLAYOFFS
The Seniors Avalon league team yesterday qualified for the playoffs by beating Wheathill 5 nil and thereby topping the East division Seniors Avalon league.
Wheathill brought a strong team and all but one match going to at least the 17th hole.
Well done to the team on the day and the squad in general who have played a part in getting us this far.
We now will play Taunton and Pickerage at home on a date to be decided.
Seniors make it a double against Wheathill
Seniors V Wheathill 6th September
September has long been a popular time to take a holiday break and with a number of regular team members jetting of to the likes of Portugal, Cyprus, Italy and long haul to NZ, there is a distinct shortage of names on the availability sheets for the next few Inter Club Matches. If you can help out please put your name down and don’t be put off if you are a high handicapper, who is yet to represent your club. Two seniors in that genre have recently played and both confirmed it was great fun and they will be putting their name down again.
Vice captain Rod Tucker partnered Graham Brimble in the first match out against Wheathill. They secured an emphatic win 5& 4, with Rod showing a touch of class, chipping in on the 10th.
More class from our 2nd team out with Peter Hill confirming that Alan chipped in on the 4th to win the hole and Alan Webber confirming Peter sank a long put to win the match. Great team spirit and they finished off the opposition by the 15th with a win by 4 & 3.
Nigel Griffiths had the dubious task of carrying me in the 3rd match out, against Wheathill’s captain David and his partner Colin. We got off to a good start getting to 4 up after 6, due mainly to Nigel’s steady play. My chip on the 2nd stopped close to the pin & resulted in a “gimme” putt, which may not have been given later on, once the opposition had seen how poor my putting could be! Wheathill clawed it back to all square, but with Nigel’s par on 17 we teed off 1 up on 18, just needing a half. However, their captain David sank a long one to make par on 18 to win the hole and to halve our match.
Gordon Clamp represented his club for the 1st time in match 4 alongside Richard Bartin and I hear Gordon played exceptionally well, especially out of the sand. Even though they lost 3 & 1 and Richard hinted that his clubs may soon be up for sale, they both had wide smiles at the post match meal.
Jon Searl was pleased to see Len arrive in plenty of time to get warmed up before they teed off together in match 5. It was nip & tuck early on but pars for Jon & Len on 7, 8 & 9 was the turning point. The home team brought home a great win 4 & 3.
An even better result for the home team in match 6 with David Kennedy & Gavin Baker securing another emphatic win 5 & 4.
The overall result was a win for Long Sutton, by 4 ½ to 1 ½ which meant we had done the double over our neighbours from up the A37. Many thanks to all who took part.
Chris Hockey – seniors captain
Seniors lose to Orchardleigh
It was necessary to call up a couple of late replacements for this match and I much appreciated the 2 of you playing at short notice.
One of the subs, Andrew Elfick, had to get away a bit sharp post golf, so I put him out early in match number 1, with John Whitehead. They suffered a bit of a bashing, loosing 5 & 4, but after their match Andrew was good enough to find time to enjoy some banter and refreshment with the Orchardleigh pair before leaving.
Match 2 was lost 3 & 1 with the pairing of Bill Bond & Andre Blond coming up against strong opposition. Andre was representing the club in a seniors’ match for the first time and I look forward to seeing him on the team sheet in the future, as I do you Bill!
I teamed up for the first time with John Pearson in match 3, and our golf match was yet again, played in a really friendly spirit, against Orchardleigh v/captain Phil Jefferies, who plays off 7, and his partner John Scott. All 3 were excellent company and my partner came good, turning a very tight match (all square after 11 holes) into a bit of a “walk in the park”. Our h/cap examiner may have to keep a close eye on Mr P as he won the 12th, made par on the 13th (with a shot) & then won both the 14th and the 15th. We walked in for an early beer, having won the match 4 &3. Well done John it was great pleasure to play with you.
In match 4, I had my pair of bankers. Vice captain Rod Tucker and Steve Uzzell did not disappoint, bringing home a great win 5 & 4.
Peter Hill and John Whiting took on another strong pair in match 5 and with John playing some steady golf early on, they managed to get to 2 up at the turn, before slipping to 2 down after 16. But with Peter playing some great golf to win both the 17th and 18th in par, the match was halved.
Mike Richards came in as a very late replacement in match 6, only being asked to play about 2 hours before his tee off! He also represented the seniors in a club match for the first time and gave an excellent account of him, including a very accurate collection of the match fees! Unfortunately he and playing partner Richard Bartin lost their match 3 & 1. I also look forward to seeing Mike on future team sheets.
Overall we had just been beaten by 2½ to 3½ , a very close result. As always we enjoyed excellent post match food served up by Judy, Laura and Seb and our thanks to all of them. Seb told me he is leaving soon, to study at Kings college London, so I passed on best wishes for his future, from the seniors section.
Chris Hockey – seniors captain