Sunday 1st April v Yeovil at Broadstone
Our first match of the 2012 round of “friendly” matches was a home match against Yeovil. For those that have played this fixture in recent years know that Yeovil always send a strong team and have a pretty good record both home and away. A beautiful day and the course in magnificent condition meant that the result was of secondary importance to just having fun. (Note the date above)
As usual, Yeovil were captained by Ric Summers (alias captain Bird’s Eye) and his partner of the day was this year’s club captain Allan Houghton. It was particularly good to see Allan playing golf as last year was a VERY bad year for him in respect of his health. I put myself out first, being the captain of the day and selected Roger Sandford to carry me round. I started well with two long putts on holes 1 and 2 for a half and a win but promptly went on walkabout for most of the round. Roger remained steady and without much help from me got to the 14th all square. Roger won 14, I won 16 and 17 and match all over 3 and 1. What a great format 4BBB is!
Our second match saw Chris Roberts and Frank Hayhoe take on Eddie Galjaard and Chris Bartlett. A competitive match saw Yeovil go 2 up early on with Chris and Frank fighting back to go 2 up with 3 to play. I received wind of this on the 15th tee and thought the match was in the bag. Wrong! The less said the better but apparently you never win from 2 up with 3 to go!
The third match saw Robin Joy and Rob Plews take on the usual Yeovil ringer, a youngster playing off 5 going on plus 1 Peter Faragher partnered by Sean Wallbank. I understand the two Rob’s put up a good fight but were always up against it. A good example came at the 7th when Peter hit a magnificent drive 250 yards to the top of the hill. For once his second shot was a bit wayward and ended up on or very close to the ladies 8th tee (have you ever been that wide?) The Robs at last thought they might win a hole. Peter promptly hit his third to the edge of the green and promptly sank the putt for a four! Yeovil went on to win 4 and 3.
With the match at 1-2 in Yeovil’s favour I was relying on Mr Consistent (Ian Macfarlane-Thompson) and his partner John Groves to do the business. They were up against Anthony Elliott-Square and Peter Radcliffe. By the sounds of it this was the golf of the day with four birdies, the first being the 2nd hole. A near hole in one on the 8th followed by birdie at the 9th 14th and 15th finally saw off the opposition 4 ad 3. (Good captaincy I thought!)
All in all an excellent day with an honourable draw 2-2.
Our thanks must go to everybody involved in the course which looked superb and will improve with the much needed rain we must surely get soon. Thanks must also go to the caterers for an excellent meal for the usual efficient service.
The next match will be against Came Down on the 20th April, team news to follow shortly.