Leon and Carl buck the trend to win Pairs Betterball

Leon-and-CarlThe usual playing format for a pairs betterball stableford competition is a low handicapper and a high one, this gives the pairs a few shots to play with in case of the odd mistake, and as the handicap allowance is three quarters, that makes a lot of sense.

However, Leon Wyche, off eight and his partner Carl Harris, off nine, felt confident enough in their own abilities to buck the trend and do it their way.

On the front nine the pair had two birdies and no bogies to give them 23 points in the bank. The only hole the pair dropped a shot on was the par four 11th but they soon bounced back with a birdie on the next. With 22 points scored on the back nine, they blitzed the field with an unbeatable total of 45 points. Leon said that they just felt very comfortable with each others game and felt confident that if one of them should struggle on a hole, the other would be okay and that is exactly how it turned out. The pair who play together on a regular basis described it as one of the best doubles games that they had been involved in.

Kenny Boyd off eleven and Joe Dalziel off twenty four were second with 42 points. Andrew Frisby off three and his partner Paul Downs off fourteen were third on 41 points. Another pairing, Scotty Stevenson and James Ablett came in with 43 points but were relegated from a possible second place as their marker had unfortunately put the scores into the wrong column.

The Ladies’ competition was poorly attended as most of them were on an away break. However, Ladies’ Captain Sheila Douty and her partner Heather Morgan had a fantastic game to come in with a great score of 40 points, four under to take the win. Sheila said that they had gelled well together and didn’t drop many shots overall. Second place went to Jill Canning and Helen Woolley with thirty eight points.

Plus two handicapper Jordan Burdall pushed his father Kevin back into second place in a competition last month but Kevin managed to turn the tables on his son in the October Midweek Medal played on the par 68 Valley course. Kevin took the win with a gross 84, nett 64. Jordan had a gross 64, nett 66 to claim second place and four handicapper Ryan Tarrant had just the one bad hole but that was enough to push him back into third with a gross 70, nett 66.