Avalon A Team vs Mendip Spring – Sun 16th June 2013
The Avalon A Team returned to action after a 6 week break by welcoming Mendip Spring to Orchardleigh. There were one or two sore heads following Pete’s 60th Birthday Party the night before but a hearty breakfast and lots of coffee seemed to help. The promised heavy rain didn’t materialise and after a few damp holes waterproofs were confined to the bag for the rest of the round. The opening skirmishes were tight with holes being won by both teams and with the home team giving 39 shots away the matches were always going to be tight affairs.
Joe Hearn and Jordan Lawrence led the team off but were always up against a steady opposition pair giving shots away. After a heard fought match they went down 3&2. The second pair of Paul Lewis and Leon Matthews also had a very tight match with neither pair getting more than 1 hole ahead. After trailing by one hole walking down the 15th, a run of 3 winning holes in a row turned the match around and they recorded a well earned 2&1 victory. Alex Fraser and Neil Jelly were bidding to continue their unbeaten start to the season but were always facing an uphill battle after going down early on in the match. Having pulled back a 2 hole deficit walking down 15 the match was all square going down the 18th. However a good up and down from 100 yards for par by the Mendip Club Vice Captain sealed the win on the 18th. Next up for Orchardleigh were Rob Edney and Matt Dredge. The lead changed on each of the first 5 holes with the home team only emerging 1 up despite 3 birdies in the first 5 holes. Further birdies at the 7th, 12th and 13th and a couple of missed putts from the opposition saw the home pair move into a 5 hole lead, eventually shaking hands on the 15th green for 5&3 win. With the match poised at 2-2 the result rested with the final pairing of Ollie Worts and Ian Longhurst. Again the match was close with no more than 1 hole in it for most of the round. However the home teams experience told in the end and wins on holes 14, 15 and 16 saw them win 4&2. This made the final match result a hard fought 3-2 win for Orchardleigh. .
After a few pints and some sandwiches Leon collected more fines for our end of the season tour although the Captain did turn the tables and fined Leon heavily for numerous misdemeanours which included his phone going off during the Captains speech!! Our next match is again at home against Farrington Park on Saturday 29th June where we hope to continue our winning start to the season.