The Lakes course was the venue for the end of year Ladies’ Medal Winners Medal competition. This was a very exclusive club – you had to have won a medal this season to be part of it. The weather, cold and breezy with rain forecast, wasn’t exactly conducive to elegant golf, it was more think even more about your shots and accept that the ball wouldn’t be going as far as it would in warmer conditions.
County player Emma Tipping, playing off two, came in third. Emma was only one over her handicap after seventeen holes but thanks to visiting one of the two lakes either side of the eighteenth ended her round with a net seventy seven. Gilly Grant off ten had a fantastic front nine and was just three over with a gross thirty nine. Intermittent rain made the back nine a bit harder and Gilly finished with a gross eighty six, net seventy six.
The overall winner was Sue Ker, she went out with just one aim, to play to her handicap. Sue, who has been playing for just three years and is off twenty one said that playing with better players always helps her to concentrate more and playing with Emma did exactly that. Sue had a slight lapse on the fourth however, she touched the ball in her practice putting stroke and incurred a penalty shot. Sue said that at the start of the year, an incident like that would have thrown her completely but she has learned to compartmentalize errors and move on from them. Sue was eleven over on the front and ten over on the back to come home with a net seventy two. Since starting a program of lessons with Greetham Valley Pro Jim Hetherington at the start of the year, Sue has dropped four shots off her handicap, won this competition, the July Medal and the Dryden Salver for the best net in the Ladies Championship.
Scratch handicapper Sophie Beardsall won the lowest gross with a seventy eight.
Round two of the Winter Order of Merit was also played on Sunday in the same weather conditions, the scoring was fairly low as a consequence. Steve Anderson didn’t play too well tee to green but more than made up for it with a flurry of single putts once he was actually on the green. Steve came in with thirty nine points to take the win and the fifty points on offer as well as getting two shots taken off his handicap. Michael Fish, who came home with thirty eight points, was second on count back from George Brand and was cut by one shot. George had twenty three points in the front nine but made a bit of a mess of the eighteenth by thinning his chip to the flag through the green to end the hole with a six; he was cut half a shot. Steve now leads the Order of Merit table with fifty one points. Round one winner Trevor Smith is second on fifty and Stef Dutton who had thirty six points this week is in third with forty one points. Michael Fish moved up to fourth on forty one points, he pushed Ted Burke who was second in week one into fifth.