The Valley course was the venue for the Seniors’ Stableford qualifier this week; warm sunshine with a slight breeze blessed Rutland and came as a pleasant surprise to players who have got used to the wet and windy conditions that seem to have been the norm this year. In division one, Peter Giblett, who has had an excellent five or six weeks in seniors’ competitions, took full advantage of the balmy weather to win both division one and the overall competition. After parring the first, Peter dropped a shot on the second hole but got it straight back when he birdied the third; this was followed by a par on the next and a good round seemed to be in prospect when a couple of silly mistakes caused him to blob the fifth. After a little regroup, Peter went on to drop only one more shot in the next nine holes which included two more birdies. The weather turned very muggy as the breeze disappeared, tiredness led to a drop in concentration and three bogies followed one after the other. Peter managed to birdie the par three eighteenth to give himself a chance with forty points. As it turned out, the birdie on the last was to be very important, as another player also came in with forty points; however, Peter took the win on count back.
Peter, who hails from Melton Mowbray, has had a fantastic few weeks and has seen his handicap come down from 13.4 to 9.8. He said that a new set of irons have given him the confidence to go for his shots more and because of that, everything else just seems to fall into place. Peter said that he is now only point four away from being a single handicap golfer at the ripe old age of sixty something and will have a chance to get down to single figures when the Seniors’ medal is held on the17th of this month.
Robert Gray was second on count back, whilst third, fourth, fifth and sixth all came in with thirty eight points. Keith Heppenstall took third on count back from Steve Taylor, David Wallace and Les Dickinson.
In Division two, Dick Thirlwell was the long time clubhouse leader with thirty nine points, only to be relegated to second on count back by Seniors’ Captain Peter Macdonald Pearce who had a better back nine. David Vale was third on count back from Trevor Davies with thirty eight points.