STOKE BY NAYLAND 8½ CLACTON ½
With the SbN Jubilee Cup team having recently beaten Clacton 9 – 0 at home on the Constable Course, Clacton’s John Day Captain Terry Hewitt feared the worst when drawn against the SbN Seniors’ away at SbN.
With Team Captain Lionel swanning off to Somerset for the week, it was left to stand in Captain Norman Davidson to motivate the team and get them ready for their next encounter.
The match commenced in beautiful weather on the Constable course presented in excellent condition. A number of the Clacton team had recently played a courtesy round off the whites and were quite relieved to see for the match that they were playing off the green tee’s.
First out was Peter Jay with Captain Ian Bickers on the bag (Peter said he could get used to this). Peter set the tone for the day playing some exceptional golf and getting the first point on the board, winning comfortably 6 & 4.
Bob Filer followed and whilst initially being pegged back by the 7th to all square, went onto secure the second point with a 3 & 2 win.
Steve Tree built a commanding lead despite some dodgy tee shots, but losing balls on the 14th and 15th to the penal rough, meant that he had to hold his nerve to secure the next point with another 3 & 2 victory.
One of the matches of the day was surely the dog-fight between Peter Garnett and Clacton’s John Stuck (Some might know of John for his cricketing record, check out Google)
A nervy start from Peter saw him lose the first three holes, however a steadying hand from caddie Eric Fisher helped him to gain his composure and get back on level terms. A late birdie from Peter was enough to clinch the point winning 1 up.
Tony Denmead always looked in control hitting the ball really well and despite losing a ball on the 9th won comfortably 4 & 2.
Malcolm Norton’s match was always in the balance, with his opponent getting birdies on the 12th, 13th and 17th after a superb display of putting, Malcolm ably assisted by caddie Martin Brown had to dig deep to hold on and eventually win 1 up.
Adrian Cherry’s opponent did not have the best of days, but this must not detract from the clinical display of golf from Adrian, who had the match sewn up by the 12th winning by a dog licence 7 & 6.
Brian Castle was able to benefit from Clacton not bringing a reserve with them, thereby using our reserve Howard Emerson on the bag. Brian’s opposition looked remarkably young for his age and could hit the ball a country mile, however Brian stuck to his game plan and was not overwhelmed by the youthfulness of his opponent and after a dogged display managed an admirable half.
Dick Lumsden was our last man out and complete with new clubs, set about another youthful looking opponent. Dick was extolling the quality of his recent purchase, saying that it was the best he had ever hit his clubs. This was just as well, as after a very tightly fought match Dick came in having won 2 & 1.
The final outcome, a win 8½ - ½
Sandwiches and chips, were enjoyed by all in the Champions loungeafter the match with the live England v Australia match adding to the atmosphere. The Clacton Captain congratulated the Stoke team on their victory and wished them well for the Semi-final match, details of which will be known shortly.
The acting Captain was then given a rousing chorus of ‘You’re getting sacked in the morning’ as Lionel will be back in charge for the next match.
Many thanks to Norman Davidson for both Captaining the team against Clacton and his report of the match.
Semi Final to be played on the 21st August -
opponents and venue to be confirmed in the next few days.