Seniors record “back to back wins” at home.
In a match with some close results, we enjoyed another excellent day of golf as the seniors beat Wells at home on Thursday June 16th. I was pleased that Glyn Ottery, “the man with the camper van” was able to take time out from his travels and step in as super sub and partner me in the first team out. The Wells captain Dave Hayward, who is a reasonable sort of golfer, playing off 5 (!) and his partner Ron playing off 12, were probably a bit taken aback to lose 2 and 1, but that’s golf. Well done Glyn.
Next out were Richard Bartin and Steve Uzzell, who I had down as a good chance for a win. However, when Richard came in and declared his clubs were for sale, I knew it hadn’t gone to plan. They had lost 2 and 1.
In match 3, John Packet and Bill Bond were all square at the turn, then played some dove tailing golf on the back 9 to also win 2 & 1. That’s 2 wins for the club this week John, top man.
Match 4 was a first outing for John Drummond, who is new to the seniors, but well known at the club. He was paired up with Alan Webber and they managed to secure a win, by one, on the 18th. That’s also 2 team wins for you this week Alan.
In match 5, I failed to get any detail from Gavin Baker and John Whitehead, apart from the fact they just lost by one. So, another very close match and they were still smiling.
Simon Scarborough paired up with John Pearson in the last match out and they found themselves 3 down early on. Then Simon got his golf head on, par, birdie, par, playing some steady holes. Not to be out done, on the 18th, John chipped in from 30 yards out to get a birdie, to win the hole and to win the match by one. What a finish. John also had nearest the pin on 17 and this was also his second team win, of quite a week.
Long Sutton won 4 matches to two.
Seniors record a good win at home to Taunton & Pickeridge
14th June, a day that continuously threatened rain, we welcomed the team from T and P and I was pleased that, in the main, our match was played in the dry. However, I can confirm, from first hand experience, there was plenty of water in the bunkers!
The importance of having reserves signed up for every match was emphasised as 25% of the team selected had to drop out for various reasons and the reserves were called upon. Thanks very much to every one who played and especially to those who stepped up from the bench.
Keith Lancey and Martin Abbot were first out and after twice getting themselves up by two, they were pulled back with T&P winning the 18th to get a half.
I went out next with Len Collin and any golf ability that either of us may possibly possess was left behind on the first tee. By the 5th were already 4 down. We did improve, with Len making good use of his shots and we got it back to just one down. With T & P captain Lynn sinking puts from off the green and ex LSGC member Nick Clarke using his knowledge of which trees to hit to get to the middle of the fairway, they were too good for us and we went down 3 and 2.
John Packett and Alan Webber got of to a super start in match 3 and got to 5 up. They then had a bit of a wobble losing 3 in a row but got back on track and brought home a good win of 4and 3.
Another good win in match 4 with the well travelled Franco file, Peter Hill playing with Phil Bowditch and securing a 3 and 2. Peter also won the home nearest the pin, well done.
Even better news in match 5 as John Whiting, in the team for the 1st time this year and steady Steve Uzzell, absolutely thrashed the opposition by 7 and 5. The T&P lads were heard to mutter “lucky” and “merciless”. I suspect a little skill was also in evidence and I look forward to seeing Mr W on the team sheet again - and you Steve!
The match results continued to impress with Richard Bartin and Canadian John Pearson recording another great win of 6 and 5.
Overall Long Sutton beat Taunton and Pickeridge 4 ½ to 1½.
The match was followed by an excellent meal with Matt looking after both bar duty and waiting on table. He tells me he is soon leaving us, moving to Canada to take up a career in farming. He is a very personable young man and I am sure we all wish him well for his future.
Seniors Win Bowl match at Enmore
Long Sutton Seniors won an exciting bowl match at Enmore against Weston on Friday by 3 matches to 2.
On more than one occasion (too often for me!) we were down in at least four matches.
Our lead off team of John Parkinson and Mike Poole were the only pairing to receive shots and after an exciting match came in winners by 2 and1. This was also the first time they had played together in this format , well done!
Second out were the trusted pairing of Rich Bartin and Phil Lock who , after an early scare , secured a 5 and 4 win , brilliant !
This was the first result in as all the others were still playing.
Next out were George Ceely and John Williams who were giving 7 shots to the opposition. They were 3 down after 3 , then went 4 down.
However they clawed their way back to just 1 down but eventually lost 2 and 1.
Next out were Martin Hawkins and Phil Bowditch (again giving 7 shots ) who had a very tight match before securing a 3 and1 victory.
This was crucial as the last match out had already been lost.
Steve Southgate and Norman Banfield were up against a pair who used the 7 shots they received very well
and inflicted a 5 and 4 defeat on them.
Well played all. Our next opponents are Farrington. Venue not yet known.