Seniors on the double

PUBLISHED: 15:59 26 August 2011

John Hicks

John Hicks


Following a surprise 4-2 away win at Exeter last month, a confident seniors team welcomed Exeter to Sidmouth for the return match, writes Terry Carter.

Colin Paddon has been casting around for as good a golf partner as possible, with modest success so far. However, he felt he had struck gold with Tony Crowe this time. Despite losing the first, Crowe rescued matters by sinking a long putt on the second before chipping in on the third to put our pair one up. Exeter’s David Adams was giving the shots all round, but in a very close game the visitors were one up at the turn. The game continued in this vein, but with Adams giving a shot on the par four 16th, Sid’s pair eased in front. The last two holes were then halved with birdies to give Sidmouth the first point in a tough contest. Peter Emery and Ray Gunston were next off, facing a pair including another single figure handicapper, John Cossey. The visitors were clearly not overawed by top brass, and the two past seniors captains were never really in it. The Exeter pair won four and three to square the match, although Gunston apparently said he had played exceptionally well, but had surprisingly lost to visitors unfamiliar with the course. However, when I asked the team captain for a comment, he didn’t give this much credence and put it down to our man being a typical Liverpool fan.

John Hicks and Rob Owen were closely matched against their opponents in the next game, but won a tight contest two and one for another point, together with a bottle of wine for Hicks for his nearest the pin on the 12th. Then the wheel came off, whatever that means. Colston Herbert was paired with me in his first game for the seniors, and things looked promising, if close, when we halved the first two with pars.

It is a sad fact that us seniors can usually forget the names of our opponents within 24 hours, but I will not forget Dick Taylor or his Pinnacle golf ball with red markings. Receiving only four shots and unable to finish the first two holes, Dick then got in gear and won the third with a fast eight foot putt across the borrow, was down in two on the fourth and earned a bottle of wine for nearest the pin, then had a tap in for another two on the fifth.

We were four down when he lost his Pinnacle gbwrm on the 11th, but, unfortunately, found it after we played out the hole, and he celebrated with a net birdie on the 12th. Deservedly well beaten, and with our game over by the 13th, it was left to relatively new team members Bob Reynolds and Charles Brown to restore team morale, and they did it in style.

Brown was giving all the shots, including five and three to the visitors, and the team captain wondered if Sidmouth’s pair was aware that seniors’ matches are friendly, rather than deadly serious, as his new recruits from the seniors’ youth wing raced to a great eight and six victory.

It was now left to Colin Mitchell and Barry Jones to finish off a Sidmouth win with their two and one success over an Exeter pair receiving a generous nine and eight shots, respectively, from Mitchell. The usual excellent dinner in good company and an exuberant speech followed.

Result: Sidmouth 4, Exeter 2

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