The InterClub Scratch Team representing Stanton for the AWAY match vs Springwater on Monday 8th July was:
- Sam Horsley
- Dan Limon
- Rob Dunn
- Tom Davies
- Jon Kisby
Reserve Neil Collings
This was the season's crunch match to date. An away win here would leave us with a chance of still earning promotion, but a loss would sink any chances. So far this season no Team has achieved an away victory in this league. The Team were very well aware of their situation and although the atmosphere was one of nervousness, I could see that steely look in their eyes. They certainly had their game faces on. Most of our Team had never played here before, but undaunted they were determined to get a victory.
Watched on by a very healthy Stanton turn-out (and a few Springwater Members), first away was Sam Horsley.
Sam is our current Club Champion and he was tasked with getting points on the board early. He was up against a very athletic ex-professional footballer and fine golfer. Sam played solid golf keeping his opponent at arm’s length all night and comfortably won 3&2. Word of Sam’s victory filtered down to the rest of the team, and the news seemed to strengthen their already determined resolve.
Next away was the experienced Dan Limon. Dan was up against a very good player who has recently earned a golf scholarship in the USA. Dan and his opponent exchanged blows all night in something worthy of a prize fight, neither player was going down easily. Dan played his best golf of the season with a fine win by 2&1 , both players shooting under par scores.
"Mr Reliable" Rob Dunn was now away. Both played solid golf all the way around and Rob walked off the 17th green 1 up, having missed a shortish putt which would have sealed both his match and ensured a much-needed win for the Team. Rob was now left to face the difficult par 3 last hole. This hole measures about 180 yards and has to be played over water for its entirety. The pin was placed in a tiny pocket of green at the very front edge of the putting surface, fronted by water and surrounded by bunkers. To get to the pin would be like landing a ball on your kitchen table from 180 yards - surely his only shot was to play it long and leave a lengthy putt. Well that’s what we thought. Rob stepped up to the tee and sweetly swung the club. We heard the strike and then the sound of the thud as the ball plummeted down 18 inches away from the hole. A mighty cheer went up which was quickly silenced as his opponent followed him, to be only two feet away - two incredible golf shots. Rob's opponent quickly knocked his putt in for a two leaving Rob with a knee-knocking 18 incher to clinch the game and the match. It was difficult to watch as this was a similar length to that which he had just missed on the 17th. So, with one eye closed, each of the Stanton crowd peered with trepidation as he calmly slotted his putt straight into the hole ensuring a 1UP win and a Team victory for Stanton! Well done Rob!
Tom Davies was next away. I don’t think that it would be unfair to say that Tom's opponent had a very unorthodox style of playing golf, clearly having studied the Jim Furyk "I did it My Way" manual. The similarity to watching an octopus falling out of a tree when holding a golf club was there for all to see, but as we know, it's not how, it's how many! This man knew Springwater inside out and proved to be a very tenacious opponent. Tom fought hard but struggled with the pace of the greens and went down 2&1.
Tonight’s anchor man was Jon Kisby. Jon was another one involved in a ding-dong battle swapping birdie after birdie all night in a quality game. This match ended in a sporting half – well done to both of them for playing the game in the right spirit.
Springwater 1½ - 3½ Stanton-on-the Wolds
This was an excellent result for Stanton and was a great team effort with all of the players playing a part once again. The Team and I thank the loyal support from the Stanton Members who showed great stamina cheering us on around a very hilly Springwater. The evening was rounded off with sausage and chips.
The next match is at HOME v Bulwell Forest at 4.30pm on Monday 22nd July 2019
Please make a note in your diaries and come along and support the Team - your presence will be very much appreciated!