GOLF: Seniors at Cricket St Thomas battle against bad weather
THIRTY-SEVEN senior golfers from Cricket St Thomas Golf Club braved the elements last Monday (August 7, 2017) to enter the August qualifying medal competition.
Steady rain made the conditions difficult, and praise must go to the three players who returned below par scores.
In Division One, Martin Leigh just held off a challenge from Frank Martin to take the honours by one shot. Richard Hall ran away with the Division Two title by a winning margin of four shots over his nearest rival.
Result: Division One - 1 Martin Leigh (67); 2 Frank Martin (68); 3 Keith Potter (72). Division Two - 1 Richard Hall (68); 2 Stuart Pope (72); 3 Ian Fielder (73).
The rain continued into Wednesday (August 9, 2017) when 33 members played in the Silver Salver Trophy.
The format was a three man Texas scramble played over 18 holes. No team managed a gross score of par due to the difficult conditions.
Barrie Heath’s team posted a one over gross score of 71, but their lower handicap only saw them in second place. The honours went to Clive Fisk’s trio with a gross 73.
Result: Winners - Clive Fisk; Dave Taylor & Dave Walgrove 73 – 10.16 = 62.84; Runners-up - Barrie Heath; Richard Forster & Maurice Arnold 71 – 7.33 = 63.67; Third place - Bob Barrow; Bert Robinson & Alan Davis 73 – 8.50 = 64.50.
Friday’s (August 11, 2017) Club Championship was postponed ahead of time due to the adverse weather forecast.
In the event, however, the rain never materialised and 30 players entered an impromptu three-man Irish waltz.
Two teams were clearly superior to the rest of the field and were runaway winners , both recording
scores of 83 points, with Alan Davis’s trio taking the spoils on the basis of a better back nine.
Result: 1 Alan Davis; Nobby Hodder & Maurice Arnold 83 points; 2 Mike King; Dave Taylor & Alan Purcell 83 points; 3 John Wandless; Barrie Singleton & Bryan Frost 78 points.