Gents, Ladies and Seniors July Medals

Over the weekend, both Ladies and Gents played their July Medal competitions in ideal weather conditions, with minimal wind and dry greens.

Chris ProudmanIn the Gents section, first place was taken by Chris Proudman, with an amazing nett 63, in a round which would have been so much better if he had not visited the water on the final hole. Chris said he thought that this was the best he had ever played and is delighted to be reduced to a handicap of 17 for the next competitions.  Second place went to Gary David Smith with a score of 66, which normally might have been the winning score; playing off 18, he achieved 11 pars in his round but was pegged back by 4 double bogeys in the middle of the round. Third place was taken by Paul Thwaites with an excellent score of 67 nett; playing off 22, Paul carded 7 pars in his round and achieved a handicap reduction to 20 for the next game.

Ellie Haughton

In the Ladies Medal, the top two places were decide on countback between Angela Wheeler and Ellie Haughton; both players had nett scores of 71 but the overall winning position went to Ellie by virtue of her last nine holes, which she played to a score of 1 over gross, including a birdie on the long 15th hole. Angela, playing off 12 also scored well but she played her best golf on the front nine to allow Ellie the edge. For their efforts, both players had their handicap reduced by 1. Third place was taken by Kay Ropson (9) who had a fine steady round but she was undone with a visit to the water on the short 6th hole.

The Seniors played their July Medal on the Valley course on the Monday in glorious sunny weather and there were no excuses for anyone not carding a competitive score. Notwithstanding the conditions, there was a wide range of scores submitted and, with the lengthening rough, the penalty for not hitting the fairways has made accuracy a high priority. Third place was taken by Rob Gray with a par score of 68 in a round during which Rob, unusually, had trouble with some of the par 3s. Second place went to Ken Porter with a nett 66; Ken, who plays off 11, started like a train with pars on the first seven holes but he was undone by a visit to the water on the ninth hole. Putting this disappointment behind him, Ken continued his steady play on the second half to complete his round with a further 4 pars on the back nine. The overall winner was Richard Turner with a score of 63; Richard (17) also had a strong front nine until he hit water on the ninth but managed to complete the first half in 5 over gross. On the back nine his concentration wandered a little but he still scored 7 over gross including another watery experience on the final hole.