Orchardleigh Seniors are the champions of Somerset! In a well fought county final against Long Sutton GC, the Orchardleigh team won three of the five games and halved the other two, to produce a truly winning performance in securing The Somerset Bowl. Team Captain, Peter Forth dropped himself from the final game following a period of ill health, but the team did him proud on a wet and blustery day at Wells Golf Club.
Peter’s team includes Seniors Captain, John Cocks, partnered by Rod Jelly, and Club Captain, Malcolm Lloyd, partnered on this occasion by Guy Turner, as well as Club Manager, Pete Holloway, playing with Andy Smith, so the team was not short of experience, or opinions. Gordon Archer the lowest handicapper at 4, is new to Orchardleigh this year, but old stalwart Pete Jefferies proved to be the ideal partner, as they were unbeaten during the entire cup run. Pete’s brother, Phil, completed the team with last year’s Seniors Captain, John Scott.
The Somerset Bowl was presented by Keith Burkinshaw, the former manager of Tottenham Hotspur, and Tommy Tulk, the President of Somerset Golf Union. Both happen to be members of the runners-up club, Long Sutton, but it was a win-win situation for Orchardleigh owner, Graham Holloway, who happens to own Long Sutton as well.