The InterClub Scratch Team representing Stanton for the HOME match vs College Pines on MONDAY 12th August was:-
- Sam Horsley
- Dan Limon
- Jon Kisby
- Rob Dunn
- Tom Davies
Reserve:- Tom Bagshaw
This was the final match of the 2019 season, with Stanton requiring a win to have any chance of promotion, and was always going to be a tough fixture against the current leaders of our division.
First away was Tom Davies having drawn the short straw playing the current Notts Open Champion Darren Kirton who plays off a handicap of +1. Tom, who plays off 5, was in effect giving away 6 shots, and undaunted by the task ahead of him Tom got off to a flier and was 2 up after 3 holes. Performing like the true Champion he is, Kirton played superb golf and fought back to go 3 up after 10. Tom did not back down and continued to fight on, losing narrowly by 2&1. Well played Tom, the lads appreciate that you took one on the chin for the Team.
Next away was the experienced Dan Limon, who despite not being at his best from the tee, demonstrated his sublime short game skills and pulled off a comfortable 2&1 victory. A solid display of dogged determination from Dan.
Third away was our Club Champion Sam Horsley, pitted against the talented Lee Rose. This was an extraordinary game of golf with both golfers having a total of 11 birdies between them, Sam bagging 6 of them. Sam powered his way to a well deserved 3&2 victory.
Our "Mr Calm" Jon Kisby was next on the tee. Jon cruised his way around playing par golf against a very strong opponent who would not lie down. This was a real ding-dong battle that saw both players firing in exceptional approach shots into the 18th green which resulted in both balls fizzing to a halt around the pin. Martin from College Pines was first to putt, and tried to ram his putt into the back of the hole, but pulled it in doing so, leaving Jon with a 5-footer for victory which he calmly stroked home for a fine 2&1 win to rapturous applause from the Stanton onlookers.
Tonight’s anchor man was Rob Dunn. Sometimes it can feel quite lonely when you are tail-end Charlie and you’re not quite sure how the rest of the team are doing ahead of you. Not a problem for Rob though. He just kept playing solid golf and cruised to a 4&2 victory, having never taken his foot off his opponent's neck.
Stanton-on-the-Wolds 4 – 1 College Pines
This was an excellent result for Stanton and leaves us at the top of the table with two points lead over College Pines who have one more match to play on the 19th August at home v Springwater. So, we are now keeping everything crossed that Springwater can pull off what, to be honest, is an unlikely victory against College Pines, but as we all know golf can be a funny game and you just never know. ( Editor : Unfortunately, they didn't ! )
We have played 8 games this Season and we have won all of our home games. So far, we are the only team to have secured a win away from home , consequently all in all I feel that we have had a very successful season. Over the Season 10 players have been used, and there is always plenty of scope for others to play themselves into the squad.
The level of support that we have received from the Stanton Membership has been phenomenal, and has been much appreciated by all of the players including the opposing teams, who have all commented on the strength of our support. I have received many comments from the other teams throughout the season as to how they much appreciate the condition of Stanton, the friendliness, and the superb catering they have received in the post-match meals. The Players would like to express their thanks to Dan Branson and his Team for going that extra mile on Mondays to present the course in best possible condition. Many thanks to Tracy Karas and her Catering Team for the excellent food, and finally thank you to Stanton-on-the-Wolds Golf Club for supporting us throughout the season, and those individual Members and Officials who quietly help in the background with the smooth running of the Team.
Scratch Team Manager