The first event of the 2022 Somerset Golf Captains season was the Spring Meeting held at the home club of the incoming Captain of Captains. The 2022 Captain of Captains will be Rob Ford and so all the Spring Meeting this year was held at Long Sutton Golf Club on Tuesday, the 12th of April.
As anticipated, there were several changes to the start sheet prior to the event – with several withdrawals related to ongoing positive COVID.
Nevertheless 60 members of Somerset Golf Captains enjoyed a superb day of golf in good company and with great food. We particularly welcomed several new 2022 club Captains to their first SGC event; and indeed welcomed back a few old friends who had not played for Somerset Golf Captains in recent years.
The format of the event was four-ball better ball played off the yellow (or red) tees with 85% handicap allowance (which caused a little bit of discussion at the reception desk at the start of the day!)
Captain-Elect Rob Ford welcomed all the players to the first tee, where the first group to tee off included the current President of Somerset Golf Captains Bob Acland, and the treasurer of Somerset Golf Captains David Andow.
Long Sutton Golf Club has undergone enormous changes in the last two or three years and members who had not played the course in that time were enormously impressed by the level of investment which is evident everywhere you go.
The scores recorded included some exceptional golf with several teams scoring 40 points or more. But 40 points was only enough to secure third place on count-back!
The winning score was a magnificent 44 points! The winners of the event were Murray Parsons (Brean Golf Club) playing with the current Brean Captain Peter Barton – making his first appearance at the Somerset Golf Captains event! This pair played exceptional golf and returned with 44 Stableford points.
In second place were Harold Lidbitter from Frome, playing with Jeff Saunders from Enmore Park, who missed out narrowly but still played superb golf to finish with 43 points.
Three teams finished with 40 points but, when comeback was used, the third place went to Paul Gardiner and Peter Phillips from Worlebury Golf Club.
A special prize was presented to Geoff Rooke for being the ‘Strongest’ player.
A full set of results can be found by clicking here
After the golf all the players enjoyed a delicious roast pork meal served with a tremendous selection of fresh vegetables and a delicious serving of bread-and-butter pudding! The food and service was exceptional.
After the AGM had been concluded, the President presented the prizes to the players who were still present, and the Secretary made arrangements for the other prizes to be delivered to the relevant clubs.
We would like to thank Long Sutton Golf Club for their superb hospitality and cooperation with all aspects of this event.
If you haven’t played Long Sutton in recent years – we would seriously recommend that you do so.