The week began on Tuesday at Farrington Park Golf Club. Having beaten them at home a couple of weeks earlier we arrived with high hopes on another gloriously sunny day. Vice Captain Len playing alongside David Harfield, earned a creditable half although to be fair they should have won having started the 17th 2 up! However the 17th is the home team's trump card as it's almost impossible to see where the fairway ends and the water hazards begin. Having said that, David, who had never played here before, did make it harder for himself by driving off at 45 degreses to the pin, straight into the water on the left - something of a senior moment? To be fair to him the tee boxes were not alined very well which was a little confusing!
Chris Thayer and Brian Hunter succombed 3 and 2 with Chris bemoaning his luck having lost 6 balls in one round. I must say even I would consider that quite an achievement! Coming in third Franco and John Packett also had a half, but the next 2 teams in both lost. Which left Colin Hardaway and Robin Ewbank to score our only win of the day 3 and 2, with Colin winning both his matches home and away, albeit with different partners. He really is showing fine early season form. Unfortunately Robin fell and injured himself. Whilst he made it to the 19th he will now be unavailable for a few weeks. Speedy recovery Robin.
So the final result was a win for Farrington 4 to 2. Still that was better than last year when we lost 5 to 1, so the seniors are showing some sign of improvement!!
On to Thursday and the home fixture with Cricket St Thomas. Len and Malcolm were first out playing the Cricket captain Peter Spencer-Farr and his partner John MacOmish. Even though we only managed to lead for one hole, the 2nd to the 3rd, it was in fact quite a close match as we came back from 3 down at the turn to 1 down at the 12th and again at the 14th. But Peter was playing brilliantly and sealed the victcory for the visitors on the 17th with a stunning Hole in One. However the Visiting Team's NP hole was the 7th! Bad luck Peter! Peter was generous enough to treat each table to a bottle of wine to go with their meal which was much appreciated. As a token gesture and something to remember the occasion with, Len, acting on Malcolm's suggestion, presented Peter with a sleeve of balls, not his fault he chose the wrong hole to have a hole in one on, and a gold LSGC pitch repairer and ball marker!
Moving on to the rest of the team, Mike Bowling and Mick Capps had an excellent result playing against a 6 handicapper, wining 3 and 2. Dave Butcher and Dave Manning halved their match against LSGC old boy Chris Gingell and his partner, as did Dave Harfield and Bob Fill. Peter Champness and his partner, Steve Uzzell, a late replacement for the injured Robin Ewbank, had an excellent win 5 and 4, followed into the clubhouse by "new boy" Terry Griffin, playing alongside Peter Clarke, who also halved their match. Two wins and 3 halves meant Long Sutton ran out winners by 31/2 to 21/2 - well done guys - you saved your match captain's blushes!
Seniors Vice Captain