Saturday 14th saw the journey to Enmore to play Tall Pines.
We were greated by a gloreous day and a very strong Tall Pines team. The matches were all tight through the front 9 holes with many all square and the others up by one hole.
Lewis Greenwood King and Luke Appleton were leading from the front but went behind on 16 for the first time and ended up losing 1 down. Norman Banfield and Paul Wills were busy grinding out a result, going 1 up through 16 and closing the match out at 17. Wesley Allen and Andrew Isaacs unfortunately lost a few holes in a row and surcombed 4 & 3.
This left on course Stuart Hodder and Gary French, Jamie Brodie and Chris Binding. The later pair getting 5 shots continued their excellent record in Somerset bowl and closed out a 2 and 1 victory meaning it was all square in the fixture with Stuart and Gary looking like being the deciding match. Having rached 18 all square we all waited by the green for the players to appear and the state of the match to become clear. Gary and Stuart were putting for birdie up the hill but the pair from tall pines had played a second shot that proved Luck wasn't with us. Playing from the 10th fairway, hitting a tree short of the green, skipping the greenside bunker and releasing down to 8ft was the result of the tall pines shot, they then holed out for eagle and claimed the match 3/2.
A bitter pill to swallow but none the less the team have played fantastic this year, the foundation we've built will see us well for the coming years where we full intend to contend for semi final and final places once again.
My thanks to all players that have played and support Long Sutton.