The July Midweek Medal was played on the Lakes course off white tees in unusually mild weather than which has recently been experienced in Rutland. Lincolnshire County Men’s Second Team and Under Eighteen team member Jordan Burdall, playing off two, had his best game of the year so far. He won the medal and took the lowest gross by some margin. Not bad for a young man who has to fight both pain and the course: Jordan has a slight curvature of the spine and has had to take some time off from golf recently to rest it. He said that he has lived with it for so long that he is used to managing the pain but he has had a lot of help recently from a Physio currently working with one of our Olympic teams.
Jordan got his round off to a great start with a birdie on the first hole, this was followed by six pars and two more birdies. After dropping a shot on the tenth, thanks to a visit to one of the bunkers guarding this very demanding hole, normal service was resumed. Six more pars and two birdies on the par five thirteen and sixteenth meant that he came in with a fantastic winning score of sixty eight gross, sixty six net. This gave him the medal, the lowest gross and a cut in handicap to one. Jordan said that he was annoyed with the dropped shot but overall he was very pleased with the way that he planned his way around the course, he is now looking forward to competing in the scratch to eighteen club championships this weekend.
First team regular Dave Morgan off six took second place on count back from fifteen handicapper Mark Bell after both players came in with a net score of sixty nine.
Cathy Steele is fairly new to the game but she was part of the winning team who won the Ladies’ Open recently and also had a great game in the Ladies July Stableford competition. Cathy had a fantastic score of forty one to take the win by five shots from Angela Wheeler in second place. County player Emma Tipping was third. Cathy said that everything that she had been practicing recently just seemed to work, she was cut to twenty six.
The July Medal played for on Sunday 8th is split into three divisions, with almost ninety players taking part. Eleven handicapper Jon Herbert won division one on count back from the in form Graham Smith, both men having a net score of seventy. Third place was also decided on count back after three players scored a net seventy. Two handicapper Trevor Smith took the place and also claimed the lowest gross with a brilliant seventy three. Adam Clegg and Dave Pusch were fourth and fifth respectively.
Mark Mousley won division two with a gross eighty six, net seventy one, he also won the lowest gross prize. Club Secretary Dennis Millington was second, he came in with a gross eighty nine, net seventy three. Former Captain Bob Beverley took third with a gross eighty eight, net seventy four.
The winner of the July Medal however came from division three. Twenty handicapper Robin Bell shot an eighty seven to win the medal, division and lowest gross. Another twenty handicapper Bill Skinner was second with a net seventy five and Jeff Challis was placed third.