The Stanton InterClub Men's foursomes Team started their 2017 campaign against Worksop at Newark on Monday 12th June 2017 and comprised:-
- Charles Banks and Neil Collings
- Jon Kisby and Digby Kite
- with reserve Dan Limon
Out first, Charles and Neil played were pitted against a long-hitting combination playing off +1 and a +2 handicap, and after going three down won four holes on the trot to go one up. Receiving four shots they used them to good advantage, and although losing the difficult 16th, the match finished all square.
In spite of being often out-driven by their very youthful opposition, Stanton's experienced veterans fought hard to gain a splendid result. The match was played in an excellent spirit against two young bloods whose conduct was a real credit to their club.
John and Digby, playing against a scratch and 2 handicap pairing, received three shots, and used them well to win their match three up.
Stanton won three up, with some very good golf being played by all the participants.
The team appreciated the support which clearly was instrumental in tipping the balance in Stanton's favour. Special thanks are due to reserve, Dan, for turning up on the night.
The Stanton InterClub Men's foursomes Team team for the third round match on 3rd July 2017 against Chilwell Manor at Wollaton Park GC was::-
- Dan Limon and Neil Collings
- Digby Kite and Jon Kisby
Dan played in place of Charles Banks who had to withdraw due to injury.
Totally unfazed by the loss of the Stanton legend, Dan and Neil won their match two up, with Neil having to hole a fifteen foot putt to halve the last hole, which in the end ensured overall victory.
The match seemed to be going our way, being combined seven up with eight holes to play. However, with Jon and Digby three up with four to play, the very strong Chilwell pairing fought back strongly and won the last four holes to finish one up. Thankfully it was not quite enough, and Stanton were through to the semi-final.
Stanton beat Chilwell Manor by one hole.
The Wollaton course was in excellent condition and the weather good. We would like to thank the support given to our Team which I am sure contributed to our win.
The Stanton Team for the semi-final on Monday July 31st vs Norwood Park at Ramsdale Park GC was:-
- Charles Banks & Neil Collings
- Jon Kisby & Digby Kite
- with reserve Dan Limon
The match, which started and finished in the rain, was another keenly fought encounter - much enjoyed by all who took part - both players and supporters.
The first pairing of Charles and Neil, struggling a little around the greens, lost 2 down in a match in which we should have come out on top, although credit must be given to Norwood for fighting back with eagles and birdies on par fives, and a couple of chip-ins thrown in for good measure.
The second pairing of Jon and Digby were 4 up at one stage, but did well in the end to gain a 2 up victory.
Match:- All Square
Following the Notts Union of Golf Clubs Rules covering such eventualities to the letter, the three hole play-off then took place.
Charles and Neil unluckily lost to a chip-in from behind the green on the third play-off hole, but Jon and Digby won the second play-off hole to finish 1 up, with Digby holing a good putt on the final hole to maintain their lead.
We now have to replay the match away at Norwood as Captain John lost the toss for the venue!!! - date and times to be advised.
Once again we would like to thank all the supporters who turned out on a golf course which proved quite challenging to walk round, a fact to which our President will readily testify!
*** Update to Semi-Final play-off arrangements ***
We have just been informed by Colin Bee (County Secretary) that the semi-final will be played at a neutral venue (as per a decision of the County Exec last year).
Therefore the VENUE HAS CHANGED and the match will now be played at COXMOOR GC on THURSDAY 24th AUGUST – start time 4.00pm.
The opposition, Norwood Park, have been advised and fully support the choice of neutral venue on the grounds of fairness.