The Sturgess Volvo competition played in late August was cancelled due to Rutland’s monsoon type conditions part way through most players’ rounds. The rain was so strong that the pathway from the eighteenth green to the clubhouse turned into a swirling torrent of water. No such problems on Saturday though, warm, pleasant and more importantly, dry conditions were the order of the day for the competitors on the Lakes course.
James Cure took full advantage of this to post his best score of the year to win the replacement Sturgess Volvo competition. Playing off 10, James parred the first but then dropped two shots on the next two holes; three more pars were followed by a bogie on the 7th. James then set off on an unbelievable run, dropping only one more shot in the next eleven holes to come home with a gross seventy six, net sixty six.
James said that to par ten of eleven holes would normally have been satisfying but he was very disappointed to have dropped a shot on the par five thirteenth because of a silly mistake. While taking his practice swing he inadvertently knocked the ball with his foot, James had to replace it and take a one shot penalty, without that slight lapse in concentration, it would have been eleven straight pars.
James went on to say that he was very relaxed all the way through the game and everything just seemed to slot into place, greens in regulation, two putts, move on to the next hole, easy life. James also won the lowest gross and was was cut to nine, he will look forward to picking up his trophy on prize night on 9th November
Twenty seven handicapper Justin Perry also had a fantastic round, he came in second with a gross ninety five, net sixty eight, he was cut to 25. Gary Moat off fourteen was third with a gross eighty three, net sixty nine and was cut to thirteen. Out of the twenty five top finishers, sixteen of them were off ten and below.
The first round of the Winter Order of Merit got under way this weekend with many new faces joining to swell the ranks. Organizer Neil Harris said that after the success of last year’s competition, he was gratified to have such a good response from other members. Men’s Vice Captain Trevor Smith was one of the players new to this year’s competition. Trevor off two certainly made his presence felt, he blitzed the field to win round one with an impressive forty one points and was docked two shots, he will play the next round off plus point three. Twenty two handicapper Ted Burke took second place with an impressive forty points and was cut to twenty one. Third place went to Simon Bateman off six, he scored thirty nine points and was cut to five.
Robert Lewin had a great win in the October midweek stableford played on the Lakes course; he won with forty one points and was cut to fourteen. Fraser Denholm had thirty eight points in second place and was cut to six, Fraser said that he was really pleased to have hit his target after starting the year playing off thirteen. Martyn Pitcher with thirty six points was third.