The InterClub Scratch Team representing Stanton for the HOME match vs Bulwell Forest on Monday 22nd July was:
- Sam Horsley
- Dan Limon
- Tom Davies
- Sam Costall
- Tom Bagshaw
- Reserve:- Neil Collings
This was the penultimate game of this season with a win being vital to have any chance of promotion. As anticipated, it was a very warm and sultry evening with the hot air wafting up from North Africa and the Continent. The home team being fully hydrated were ready for the off and keen to avenge the 4–1 defeat suffered away against Bulwell Forest earlier in the season. The Course was superbly presented by Head Greenkeeper Dan Branson and his Team, with the greens being of pure surface and running at 11.8 on the stimp meter.
Watched by a magnificent turnout from the Stanton Members, first away was Sam Horsley, accompanied by a local caddy known only as "PK", who can read the Stanton greens like he can read a spreadsheet. (Ed note: And in spite of that, Sam putted extremely well !!) With the Team Manager's instructions still ringing in his ear to get us off to a fast start Sam did not let us down. His golf was imperious, and if it had been a boxing match then surely the towel would have been thrown in. With birdies at 6,8,9 and 10, Sam quickly saw off his opponent 8&7. Being the sportsman that he is, Sam quickly dispatched the buggy to the bar and delivered a much-needed pint to his shocked opponent.
Next away was Dan Limon playing the Bulwell Team Captain, known as Postman Tim by his team mates (because he always delivers a point) On this occasion and without breaking into a sweat, it was our Postman Dan who delivered with a solid 3&2 victory. With two points on the board, the Team knew that there was still a lot of golf to play as the remaining three matches were heading for the wire, and victory could not be taken for granted.
Third away was Tom Davies with faithful caddy Andy on the bag. This was a great example of our tough this InterClub golf can be. Tom played magnificent golf dropping only one shot to par but still suffered a defeat of 2 DOWN against an opponent who was two under the card. Well played to both of them. The atmosphere was tense and it was difficult to call which way the match result would go.
Next away was the lightly trained Sam Costall, making his first appearance for the Scratch Team this season. Big hitting Sam, who although he has not played a lot of golf this season, overpowered his opponent with a magnificent display of long driving to see his opponent off 1 UP.
Now was the turn of the team anchor-man Tom Bagshaw. As they both stepped onto the first tee it looked like a repeat of David and Goliath, so much was the physical difference in size of the two golfers. It soon became obvious that his opponent had decided that because of the stifling heat he would play the majority of the holes from the shade of the trees, whilst Tom carried on with his orthodox method of fairways and greens. Goliath could not see off young Tom and the match progressed down the 18th hole with Tom being one to the good. Once again, his opponent chose the shaded route down the left side of the hole and somehow managed to get on the green from the depth of the trees for three and finished off by holing a 15-footer for a birdie 4 to halve the game. Well played Tom!
Stanton 3½ – Bulwell Forest 1½
This was a great if not nervy match to watch. It was the match of the season so far with both teams impressing with their golfing prowess matched by their sportsmanship.
The evening was rounded off with a gammon meal washed down with the odd glass of lemonade.
The final match of the season is at home v College Pines at 4.30pm on Monday 12th August.
Depending how other results go promotion could come down to this last game, so once again your support would be much appreciated.