The delayed final of the Mixed Doubles took place on the Lakes course on a warm day with a slight breeze. The greens were very receptive after heavy rain during the morning. Ryan Tarrant and Jackie Friend, who have won it for the past couple of years, were trying for the hat trick, their opponents this year being Jim and Angela Wheeler. Jim and Angela had five shots to play with and knew that they would need them all if they were to beat this very tough pairing.
The first hole was halved but Ryan and Jackie went one up after Jackie holed a twenty foot putt for a birdie. Jim and Angela got it back to all square after five and after the front nine was completed they were two up. With their lead cut back to one after losing the tenth, they then got the grip firmly between their teeth and won the next three. Hole eleven was won with a chip in birdie from Angela, the next two were won with pars. Jim and Angela were in control with a lead of four up and just five to play. Ryan and Jackie hit back by winning the fourteenth taking it back to three up, the next hole was a half to take it to dormy. Jim and Angela held on for a half on the sixteenth to seal a brilliant three and two win.
Jim said that they knew that they were in for a very hard game but he and Angela slotted in perfectly together and that really was the key to their win.
The unstoppable Liz Haughton won again at the weekend. Liz, off six, took part in the Gill Christie Trophy on the par 68 Valley course on Saturday. She got off to a very steady start with three pars followed by a birdie. All going to plan, then out of nowhere she had a double bogie on the par five fifth.
Liz has had a brilliant year by working hard and sticking to a game plan and did exactly that in the next three holes. She had a slight pause with a bogie on the par four ninth but quickly got back to business with a run of six more pars. Liz dropped a shot on the tough par three sixteenth but again bounced back with a double par finish. She ended the day with a three over gross 71 and a nett 65 to claim her ninth trophy for the year, she also won the lowest gross and was cut to five. Liz said that the year so far has been just great but she knows that it will be very tough next year off five.
Liz is also quite high up in the How Did I Do Titleist Order of Merit. There are three prizes, the best overall, the best male and the best female. Liz has already won a prize for being the top monthly points winner a couple of months ago, must wait until the end of October when the competition ends to see where she finishes. Liz said that she is looking forward to prize night when she and daughters Ellie and Izzie Haughton all collect trophies.
It was a double family celebration as daughter Ellie off twenty four took third place on countback from thirteen handicapper Sally Bowker with a nett 67. Sally was cut to twelve and Ellie went to twenty three.
The Limestone Trophy had to be cancelled after torrential rain, thunder and lightning made it impossible to continue when it was played in August. It was replayed on Sunday in totally different conditions more akin to April than October. Members with handicaps between scratch and eighteen were eligible to play. Even though it was deceptively warm and sunny, the wind still played its part, fooling some players and keeping scores down. Jon Herbert off eleven took no notice of anything and just concentrated on his game. Jon had a great start with two birdies and four pars. He then bogied the next five holes before hitting back with two more pars and another birdie. He had three more bogies in the next four holes but also had another birdie to compensate. Jon said that he felt positive right from the first tee shot and finished with a nett 65 to win the trophy. He went on to say that even when he had a little run of bogies he never stopped believing; he was cut to nine and will join his son Jason on prize night in November when they collect a trophy each.
Twelve handicapper Mark Mousley took second place with a nett 68 and was cut to eleven. Ian Bain was just the one shot behind and took third on countback from Bill Skinner. Ian was cut to eleven and Bill to sixteen.
Bob Beverley won the Bob Ford Past Captains’ Day at Greetham Valley on Friday with a brilliant score of 39 points. Captain Shaun Denholm said that it was a good day out and it was great to see Bob Ford looking fit and healthy after his recent ill health.
Vice Captain Fred Aspin will be running a Winter Order of Merit from the 22nd November, the week after the first round of the Winter League. This will alternate with the Winter League and the March Winter Medal. The list to register for the WOM is on the main noticeboard. This is a club competition and is open to all male members of all handicaps.