In Division One of the men’s November Medal, Matt Williams had an amazing round. He was just two with a gross 74, this gave him a four under net score of 68. It could have been even better than that but for an unfortunate “slice” (or was it a power pull?) out of bounds on the 3rd hole. After taking a penalty he still managed to make a bogey five, he had his handicap cut to five. His score was more than good enough to take the overall medal win but he had to be content with a share of the lowest gross. 2012 Vice Captain Trevor Smith shot a gross 74 net 70, to equal Matt and take third place. Second place went to ten handicapper Bryan Birchall who had a gross 80, net 70.
Jeff Challis took the win and the lowest gross in the second division with a gross 93, net 70, he was cut to 22. Second place went to 22 handicapper Chris Brand with a gross 96. Twenty three handicapper Gavin Williams was third, he shot a gross 100.
In Division One of the Seniors’ Medal, 18 handicapper Derek Palmer took the win and the overall medal with a gross 85, net 67. Six handicapper Neil Harris had to be content with second place and the lowest gross with a storming gross 76, net 70. Neil started off badly when he bogied the first, he also had bogies on the 4th and 5th. After a giving himself a silent talking to, he got to work and the only other shot that he dropped was on the 11th. David Wallace was third with a gross 86, net 71. Andy Fisher won division three and took the runners up spot for the overall medal. He had a gross 94, net 68. Seniors; Captain Mike Guy was second with a gross 92, net 72. Next year’s Vice Captain Rod Wells was third with a gross 98, net 73.
It is all change after week 5 in the winter Order of Merit. Dave Copley took the overall lead from Bob Beverley. Dave lost out on the prizes when he lost out yet again on count-back, this may be a blessing in disguise as it meant that he escaped a handicap cut. Graham Smith who had a 39 and Stef Dutton who shot 36, are now second and third respectively. They dumped Neil Harris down to 5th place. The score of the day however came from Mike Watkins with a fantastic 44 points, 5 points better than the second placed Graham Smith.
The Seniors’ Section took over the Farthingstone Hotel, Golf and Coutry Club in Northamptonshire when they went on their annual winter break. The course was described as very tight and this reflected in the scores which ranged from 33 points to 13 with 9 blobs recorded on the card of one senior who will remain anonymous! The overall winner for the three days was David Aldred, with a total of 99. The Seniors said that while the course was very tight the hotel staff weren’t. Each player received a voucher for for four pints of beer per day or 4 glasses of wine at night. Needless to say, they have already booked for next year!