Mendip Spring was bathed in sunshine as the players arrived through the gates and surveyed a course looking in excellent condition. Despite a few last minute drop-outs, we had a strong field ready to contest the Seniors' County Championship. Despite the perfect playing conditions (no breeze and fairways and greens in great shape), it was apparent that the course was prepared to present a challenge to the competitors.
Andy Chambers from Weymouth and Enmore Park quickly rose to the top of the leaderboard, returning a card of 77. As they day drew on, no-one was able to match the score untily County stalwart Paddy Maclennan came in. This was matched by Barry Simpson, the 2015 Champion, making a very welcome return to competitive golf.
Rumours were reaching the clubhouse that the last group out on the course might challenge the leaders, This was not the case though, Danny Dowell missing out on the playoff by just one shot.
For the fourth consecutive year, we needed a play-off to decide the winner, Andy, Paddy and Barry setting off for four extra holes. Barry was the first to drop out as Andy and Paddy could still not be separated, and so back to the first for sudden death. After two booming drives, Paddy appeared to have the advantage as Andy's tee shot missed the fairay to the left and his approach was hampered by trees. Paddy though missed the green left whilst Andy played an excellent recovery shot to the green - advantage Chambers! Coming out of the fringe, Paddy's putt went passed the hole and he needed to putt again, with this effort too sliding by, leaving Andy with two shots to take the title. He only needed one as the putt hit the bottom of the cup - we had found a worthy champion!
An excellent day, good golf played in the right spiirit and one of our most welcoming clubs in the region. We are always grateful to Mendip Spring, both their members and owners, for the support that they give to the county and the warmth of their hospitality.
For the third year in a row, the Seniors' Championship had to be decided in a 4-hole play-off afyer Steve Thomas and Barry Simpson tied on 76. Steve eventually took the title on the 4th extra hole.
The weather played tricks with the early starters at Taunton & Pickeridge where shorts had to be quickly swapped for wet weather gear as the clouds came over. Fortunately the rain went away and we finished in dry conditions.
The course was presented in excellent condition with superb greens running fast and true. Scoring was proving difficult for some players. Steve came in with a score of 76 and faced an anxious wait as the lower handicappers began to come in. Eventually, 2015 Champion Barry Simpson came in to match the score and force a play-off, 4 holes of strokeplay followed by sudden death if neccessary.
Both players bogied the first before making par on 2 and 3 - scores were level and sudden death beckoned. The 4th hole measures 457 yards from the white tees, and Steve's birdie 3 was deserving to win the Seniors' County Championship.
Andy Selway won the Millenium Salver for the best nett score on the day.
The trophies was presented by SGU President, who thanked Simon Stevenson and all of the staff and members of Taunton and Pickeridge for their tremendous effort in hosting the competition to such a high standard. Steve was delighted with his win which he said was the highlight of his golfing life so far.