Course open, all 18 main greens. Buggies ok.

A report from this year’s Club Championship…

 

A field of 62 players were treated to a weekend of warm sunshine and light breezes on a course presented in excellent condition by Derek and his team. It provided a stern but fair test, befitting of our club’s premier mens competition.

Day one saw a mixed bag of scores, some excellent rounds interspersed with those that had found the going a bit tougher. By 5 pm, side bets had been settled, leaderboards checked, tales of woe told and it all added up to Matt Walker leading the gross event with a 72 and Mike Howard ahead in the net with a 66.

On to Sunday and another glorious day for golf. Nearly the whole field returned, bright eyed and bushy tailed, keen to build upon Saturday’s good play or rectify its errors.

The final group putted out at approximately 4.00 pm, cards were signed, scores were checked and at 4.30 pm Matt Walker was crowned our champion golfer for the year (yes I have pinched that from the Open prize ceremony).

The full results are on the competition notice board but here is a precis:

Gross

1st Matt Walker 72 + 69 = 141

2nd Rob Rolls 75 + 72 = 147 (a very commendable defence of his title)

3rd Steve Blake 73 + 76 = 149

Net

1st Matt Walker 70 + 67 = 137

2nd Steve Wells 69 + 69 = 138

3rd Rob Rolls 71 + 68 = 139

 

I inherited this year’s format and as such am interested in any feedback from those who played or indeed those who would normally consider playing but were unable to make this year’s renewal. Did you like it being staged over consecutive days as opposed to consecutive weekends or our traditional 36 holes in one day?

How about the drawn partners for day 1? Or the reverse score order for day 2? Did you find the set-up of the course fair? Basically any thoughts / suggestions are welcome.

This is your Championship, I simply organise it and would like to do so in the way the majority prefer.

 

That’s it for another 12 months, thank you to Peter Fry and Mike Ratsey who helped with starting duties and all those who stayed up / came back for the prize giving.