With the championships about to start next Saturday some of the scores coming in are a bit frightening, when you see two players fight out the C grade twice in the one week with big scores such as Paul Maxwell and Mark Cooney did achieve over the past week, Paul (25) produced a round of 43 on Thursday then followed up on Saturday with a round of 44. Mark Cooney (26) came close on the Thursday with 41 points then followed up on Saturday 43 point score card. Trust these two have not peaked too early, as they both lost handicap Paul 1.3 and Mark 1.2.
Just goes to show the course is playing easily and the greens are coming back better than ever. I expect the rain we’ve received will slow the run significantly.
Saturday: 87 players hit off in three grades with the win in A grade going to Bruce Berry (6 ) a score of 39 points, once again in the winners circle Ian Vidler (12) a round of 37 points. For B grade a rare show of form from Peter Bush after he has drifted out to (17) had a round of 38 points. Following we had Kel McGoldrick (15) a round of 37 stableford points.
Best of the rest for the round after our C graders: Peter King (Tamworth) 37, Neil Duffus 36, then Rob Coneybear, Peter Fredricks, Mark McFaul, Ralph Taylor, and Paul McElhinney all with 35 point rounds.
NTP went to Peter Miller, Richard Martin, while Steve Frost took out 7 and 8, Byran Ussher took out the pizza at 13, Peter Moxon at 15th and Geoff Rackham took home a healthy money shot at 18. Ball rundown went to 33 with eight players to collect.
Thursday’s round again a field of 87 in three grades took to the course with Reg Harris (22) from the (Ridge ) club took out the Dolphin Day Shirt, sponsored by The V Wall Tavern with 44 points and collected a voucher for his efforts. Winner in A grade was Stu Johnston (9) after he put together a round of 40 points, and tells me ‘' it must be 20 odd years since he had a 40 point round”, second and runner up Phil Mander (12) 39 points.
For B grade John Hopkins (14) had to produce his best form with no help from his playing partner in any shape or form came up with a 40 point score. Next was Geoff McCann(15) with 36. C grade went to Paul and Mark. Others to score well Heather Gray, Chris Thorndike and Russell White (37 points).
Ball run down went to 33 with Roy Simms, Dave Mattacott, Mark Nugent, and Tim Standing all to collect. NTP: Leanne Welsh, Chris Thorndike, Mark Blake, Bernie Dugdale will eat pizza, Garry Tieney the 15th and Greg Smith got the money shot.
A small field played the Island on Sunday: 4 Ball Best Ball Mixed event with the result going to Linnie and Joe Street with 45 points from Uri Ylinen and Henny Oldenhove just the one shot back and winning the countback from Jim Barrie and Celene Boyd. NTP: Linnie Street helped herself to the Ladies on 5 and 18 while Jason Belt and John Nichols took out the Mens.