Your Captain set the tone for this inaugural bi-annual fixture with a grotesque 'duff' off the first tee. However, playing partner, the effervescent Chris 'lefty' Hockey was in excellent shape (really?) and looking good for a 5 and a first hole half. Mendip Spring Captain, Andy, couldn't be bothered putting and with his wedge promptly 'plopped' one in from 60 yards for a winning par 4.
Still a bit dazed and with bruised ego 'yours truly' found the water on 3 with the drive. Again, Chris found the fairway, but wait a minute, who was this other bloke partnering Andy? Big Clive (ex-cricketer) playing off 18 hit a drive 300 yards (no exaggeration) and his 2nd shot to the back of the green.
From the 4th onwards, the home pairing was never up but despite many frustrating missed putts, the match was uniquely fun, especially as Clive went missing for 4 or 5 holes at a time and then came back with big, accurate hitting that just about got the visitors over the line - 1 hole.
Mike 'Strings' Stringer and partner Dave hardly finding 4th gear against opponents Nick and Geoff who, by contrast, dovetailed very well. We all know that with Strings finding his soul mate, in this case Geoff, banter was always going to dictate the outcome and started on the 1st tee. To quote Strings, "it was like playing against long lost friends and as it should be." No mate, it shouldn't, you lost 4 and 2.
The penultimate 'fastidious' pairing of Peter 'Prince Charming' Hill and Dave 'The Scientist' Kennedy by all accounts had a really enjoyable contest from start to finish. The main highlight for the home pairing was Peter's magnificent putting performance throughout. David commented that Peter "putted like a cobra." I for one have never seen a cobra putt.
Anyway, our two over 70's held on to the shirt tails of the relatively young, big hitting visitors until they made a few unforced errors and the home pair eventually won 1 up.
In the final 'home banker' pairing of Len and Chris we had high hopes of a much needed Match win. However, be careful what you wish for, as they got off to a slow start and were 2 down after 3. From then on the lead seesawed before losing the 17th to go down 3 and 1. To add insult to injured pride, the opposing VC Roger Brigland (27) reminded Len that he was part of the Mendip B Team that won the Anniversary Challenge event at Mendip Spring recently.
In the other matches Rich and Andy faced a strong pair who praised Rich for providing useful tips which had no bearing on the 4&3 loss. Did it Rich?
In Match 2 the evergreen Rod (arguably playing the best golf of any LSGC Senior/Veteran) partnering Andy 'Hair to die for' Elphick had a relatively comfortable win 4 and 3 in a really enjoyable match.
Thanks everyone for playing in what was universally acknowledged as one of our most friendly matches. We look forward to our next fixture.
Long Sutton Golf Club