The Gents’ May Medal was played on the Lakes course off white tees on what was the hottest day of the year so far for Rutland. Most golfers are not fans of windy conditions but more than one who struggled in the heat wished for a little cooling breeze to spring up along the valley. The conditions however did not deter the winner of division one and the overall medal, eleven handicapper Carl Causbrook seemed to take it all in his stride.
Getting off to a good start with a par on the first, he went on to have seven more pars and two birdies to come home with a gross 81, net 70 to take the win from ten handicapper Mick Carnie on count back, they both had the same net score but Carl had the better back nine. Five handicapper Chris Billows was third and took the lowest gross with a score of 77, net 72.
The division two lowest gross winner was Brian Langston with a gross 82, net 70 this was also enough to secure first place in the division. Paul Daff was second with a 90 gross, net 75. Third place had to be settled on count back with three players on net 76. Robert Bailey took the position from Steve Burgon and Brett Skerritt.
Paul Child-Freeman won division three and the lowest gross after coming in with a gross 98, net 76; Brian Ross took second place on count back from Stuart Hibbitt after they both came in with a net 78.
Scoring was low in the Ladies May Stableford Qualifier as everybody tried to adapt to the explosion of grass in the rough due to the strange weather conditions that all golf courses, not just those in Rutland, have experienced this year. Keeping the ball on the fairway was definitely the best option and Beryl Crosland did that very well to win with thirty four points. Vice Captain Sheila Douty was second on count back from Glynis Sellars, both scoring thirty two points.
A few days earlier the Pat Holloway Trophy was played in drizzly cold conditions, the lower handicappers seeming to cope best with the conditions. Emma Tipping, playing off three, had her handicap reduced to two after a brilliant round producing thirty eight points. Sally Bowker was cut to thirteen after coming home with thirty six points to take second place. Sophie Beardsall playing off one was third on thirty five.
The sun made a welcome return for the Golden Girls competition; Bev Dolman won with thirty six points, Bryony Batch, Eileen Pare and Pat Dawson had to be separated on count back after scoring thirty two points. Bryony took second, Ladies Captain Eileen was placed third and the unfortunate Pat was relegated to fourth.
Sophie Beardsall took yet another win and lowest gross in this years May Weekend Medal, Sophie had a gross 76, net 77. Twenty three handicapper Lesley Young was second with a net 77 and Sally Bowker playing off her new handicap was third with 78.
The lush grass that had given the Ladies scoring problems continued to be an issue for most of the Seniors in their May stableford qualifier, many of the players struggling to find their golf balls in the verdant rough and becoming very frustrated. However this didn’t seem to bother the winner of division one, Alan Sorlie who came in with forty two points and was cut to fourteen; eight handicapper Ken Porter was second with forty points. David Wallace was the clubhouse leader half way through the competition with what looked like an unbeatable thirty nine points, finishing up in third.
In division two Bill Ormond and Peter Palmer were separated on count back after coming in with forty points; Bill took first place and Peter had to be satisfied with second. Third and fourth were also decided on count back, the evergreen Martin Hope taking third from Robin Freeman, both players scoring thirty nine points.