Heavy rainfall, thunder and lightning conspired to stop almost half of the entrants in the Sturgess Volvo Trophy from finishing their rounds. Over fifty people, mainly the early starters, managed to finish before the worst of the weather hit. As a consequence of that, Club Secretary Dennis Millington said that it would be unfair to everybody if the result were to stand as almost as many again didn’t finish. The competition was changed to an extra August medal to reward the competitors who did manage to finish.
Steve Roche, playing off 17, was first with a net 65 and was cut to 15. Kevin Hingle was cut to 11 after coming in second with a net 66, beating Steve Wilcockson on count back, Steve was cut to 13 from 15. The Sturgess Volvo Trophy will now be played for on 20th October.
Former Greetham Valley Captain Neil Crees, who won the English Club Captains’ Trophy two years ago, qualified for the finals at Alwoodley near Leeds this year. The course was playing extremely tough, with the standard scratch going up by two shots on the first day and three on the second. Neil, like many of his fellow competitors, got off to a bad start by shooting 29 on the first day.
He decided to change his plan of action on day two, left his driver in the bag and plotted his way around the course much better. However, the deficit was too great and despite a score of 36, 3 under his handicap, his combined score was only good enough for tenth place on count back. Neil said that he was disappointed with his plan on day one but was very pleased to have made the final and to have redeemed himself with the third best score on day two out of the sixty five competitors.
The Trophy was won by Leatherhead Golf Club’s Mervyn Wynyard, playing off six, who shot a 32 on day one and 42 on the second day.