Avalon A Team vs. Farrington Park C – Sat 29th June 2013
The Avalon a Team welcomed Farrington Park C to Orchardleigh for our 5th match of the season. The match took place on a glorious sunny afternoon with a bit of a breeze and with the course and greens in excellent condition. It was almost like playing in summer!! After only managing a 3-2 home win two weeks ago we were keen to use our home advantage and continue our push for promotion. After a hearty Full English breakfast we made for the course facing the prospect of giving 36 shots away.
Paul Lewis and Leon Matthews led the team off and they soon knew they were in for a battle. Giving 6 shots to each of their opponents the visitors won the first 2 holes and despite a fight back on the last 6 holes the home pair were unable to overturn the early deficit, eventually going down 2&1. Matt Dredge and Paul Ashman were our second pair also facing the prospect of having to give shots away. The match was a tight affair with no more than 2 holes in it until late on, but experience on the back nine saw the home team extend their lead to shake hands with a 4&2 win on the 16th green. Alex Fraser and Neil Jelly took up their usual third place position, keen to get back to winning ways. Early skirmishes were tight but round the turn they extended their lead to go 3 up after 12. However the away team were in no mood to roll over and a fight back meant that the match was all square after 16. However Neil hit an excellent tee shot and the putt was conceded for birdie giving them a 1 hole lead going up the last and they secured the point by winning the 18th for a 2up victory. The fourth pair of Rob Edney and Joe Hearn went 1 down early after they both bogeyed the 1st but birdies on the 3rd, 5th & 7th saw the home team turn 2 up. Pars at 10, 11 and a birdie at 12 saw this lead stretched to 4 up after 12. However again the away team staged a comeback and after 14 holes the lead was back to 2. If not for Joe holing a quick downhill breaking putt on the 15th the lead could have only been 1 but it dropped and a par on 16 was enough to close the match out 3&2. The final match saw Ian Longhurst and debutant Simon Addison combine well in another tight match. They managed to gradually edge ahead by 3 holes midway through the back 9 and constant pressure from Ian and a great up and down on the 17th from Simon secured a 2&1 win. This made the final match result a good 4-1 win for Orchardleigh.
After a few pints and some sandwiches and chips on the patio in the Sun, Rob collected more fines for our end of the season tour with once again Leon heavily contributing for numerous misdemeanours which included arriving late and leaving early. Our next match is away at Mendip Spring on Saturday 13th July where we hope to make it 6 wins from 6 matches.