The Seniors first match under the new ownership did not disappoint.
A strong Long Sutton team were in buoyant mood as they welcomed Captain Mike Stayner and our friends from Wheathill.
The 'Lancashire pals" pairing of Captain Bill and Dave "The destroyer" Kennedy took on the Wheathill combo of Mike and Geoff. The home duo dovetailed well and never lost a hole despite giving 11 shots to the the Wheathill pair. The highlight of the round saw Dave chip in from 70 yds for a birdie 4 on the par 5 sixth. The pattern continued and the 'Pals' closed out a comfortable 6&5 win on the 13th
The second pairing of (Seniors Avalon Team Captain) Nigel 'Mr Consistency' Griffiths and Martin (Howlett) lost the first hole to par against Paul (17) and Rick (25) and the omens didn't look promising. However, Martin delivered an excellent par on the 2nd, a birdie on the 3rd followed by a birdie from Nigel to go 3 up going to the 5th. The home pair were always in control and closed out the match on 13 to win 6&5. You are welcome anytime Nigel.
Chris Thayer & Rod Tucker teamed up in match 3 against opponents enjoying 10 & 11 shots respectively. Although losing the first hole, with the Wheathill pair making sure of their shots with pars, the home pair were 1 up at the turn with never more than a hole in it. At hole 10, Colin from Wheathill put his drive 95 yards (that's a 300 yard plus drive) from the green but despite a shot advantage, failed to win the hole with the Rod and Chris maintaining their 1 hole advantage. The next few holes seesawed. With 1 up and 2 to play, the Wheathill pair were both getting shots on 18 so the pressure was on for a good 17th. Andrew from Wheathill chipped stone dead for a gimme 3 but Rod put the game to bed putting in from off the green (for a 2 spot) and a 2 & 1 win for LS
The last minute inclusion of Rev Robin (Ewbank) to partner Colin (Hardaway) proved successful against a steady Wheathill pairing of Gunnar (21) and Gerry (15). This well matched four ball proved a close encounter with the home duo prevailing on the 17th to win 2 up.
The pairing of Rich (Bartin) and Alastair (Mullineux) were up against Wheathill duo of (Vice Captain) Richard (21) and John (17) who inevitably were taking shots of respectively 10 and 6 off our Richard; off of 10. Alastair matched Richard’s 10.
The away pair hit two perfect drives on the first and the home pair were moderate at best. Alastair then excelled himself by playing Rich's ball, one down! The home duo halved the next 3 holes and then won 4 in a row, Rich 3 and Alastair 1. The away pair clawed one back on the 13th, which Rich reclaimed on 14th. The match was closed out on the 16th, 4 & 2.
The penultimate match featured 'Gentleman' Julian Stapleton (21) and his partner Peter Hill (19) who were quick out of the blocks to go 2 up after 2 holes against Jim Thornley (15) and Martin Underdown (16). Despite Julian delivering a nice Par on the 3rd , he was trumped by a superb birdie from Jim. Julian made amends on the 4th by delivering a masterful 5 net 4 against a very good 5 from Martin. A par from Peter on the 5th together with a half on the 6th were followed by a commanding par from Julian on the 7th to leave the home pair 4 up. Martin delivered a masterful blast out of the greenside bunker on the 8th for a gimmee par to win the hole. On the 9th, Peter nuzzled his Tee shot through the cleavage of the 2 nearest bunkers to finish on the green, 15 ft from the hole thus winning “ nearest the pin for a home player “ ( the only Long Sutton tee shot to finish on the green for this hole!!) His 3 was matched by Jim’s 3 to give Julian and Peter 3 up at the turn. The home duo were brimming with confidence!!
The back 9 score oscillated between 3 up and 4 up to Julian and Peter with Peter winning the 10th in 5 and Julian halving the 12th , 14th and 16th and winning the 13th with another masterful par. A notable performance was from Jim on the 11th where he had to drop out from the ditch on the right following an errant Tee shot. His modest 3rd shot was followed by a masterclass pitch to the green from 50 yards to hole out for 4 thus winning this hole. Notwithstanding this masterstroke, Julian’s 7 net 6 on the 16th was sufficient to halve the hole and thus win the match 3 and 2 for the Long Sutton pair who had managed to dovetail their game very effectively and enjoyably.
An interesting final note:- Julian’s Tee shot on the 17th was closer to the flag than the winning Wheathill Tee shot!! He would thus have qualified for “ nearest the pin “ on this hole had he been eligible.
A great days golf!!
Many thanks to all the team for a truly memorable victory 6 nil, the seasons best performance and the perfect start to the new ownership era!!