The Gents InterClub Scratch Team selected to represent Stanton
for the HOME match vs Radcliffe-on-Trent on Monday 24th June was:-
- Tom Davies
- Sam Horsley
- Rob Dunn
- Dan Limon
- Tom Bagshaw
Not only were we very keen to avenge the defeat we suffered in the AWAY match against Radcliffe, but also this was a must win situation for Stanton to maintain any hopes of promotion this season.
The match was played in very warm and muggy conditions against a very strong Radcliffe team. The course was set up with the same tough pin positions as last weekend's Club Championship and with Head Greenkeeper Dan Branson and his Team preparing the putting surfaces to an immaculate condition with a stimp reading of 12.2 everything that could be done to give us a home advantage had been done. It was now up to the players to perform - and they did, with some outstanding golf played by all concerned!
We needed a fast start and so Tom Davies was first away and with his Dad Andy on the bag. Tom with sublime ball striking soon saw his opponent off with a comfortable 5&3 win.
Second away was our newly crowned Club Champion Sam Horsley matched up against the ex-professional and big hitting Tim Martin. Sam carried on with his excellent form from the weekend and saw off his opponent 3&2 in another high-quality game.
Third off was Dan Limon up against the old fox Robin Savage. Dan and Robin exchanged holes all the way round in a typical match play fashion. Dan was clearly suffering from the heat, but tried his very best, going down 2&1.
Next out was Rob Dunn against the highly experienced Steve Brearley who has played off scratch for many years. This game showed the quality of golf that you often come up against in the scratch team. Rob played well below his handicap but went down 3&2 despite being one under par when beaten.
In the last match, anchor-man Tom Bagshaw once again stepped in at the 11th hour when unfortunately, James Green was unable to play.
Tom was placed against Tom Martin who has only recently regained his amateur status having been a golf professional for many years. I thought this match would be a great experience for Tom but in all honesty, I wasn’t expecting a win. How wrong did Tom prove me to be? Our Tom controlled the game from the beginning and was ahead all the way around having knocked in a number of birdies. He was two up going up the 16th and having hit a long drive up to the bells, the game looked sealed. His opponent fatted his approach to the green and Tom played a sensible wedge 12 feet past the precarious pin. His opponent then chipped in for a birdie three, Unflustered, Tom made a great putt down the fast green which just lipped out. With his lead reduced to one, undaunted and in a true test of his character, he then went onto the difficult dog-leg 17th and made one of the most comfortable birdie 4s I have seen, to win the game 2&1, leaving his experienced opponent looking bemused by it all. Well done Tom! That win sealed the victory for Stanton that we so desperately needed.
Overall Match Result
Stanton-on-the-Wolds GC 3 2 Radcliffe-on-Trent GC
The match was strongly supported once again by the Stanton Members with over 20 people in attendance. Thank you once again for your support.
The evening was rounded off with a fine Lasagne meal, thanks to Tracy and the Catering Team.
The next match is AWAY at Springwater at 4.30pm on Monday 8th July. If we can achieve an away win there, we still have a chance of topping the league. So once again any support would be most appreciated.