The Limestone Trophy is a medal competition for players with a handicap of eighteen and below. It was played over the weekend off white tees on the Lakes course in warm but very windy conditions. Four handicapper Nick Cunnington, who won the July Medal just a few weeks ago, was in fine form again. Nick just missed the birdie on the first to take a par but had a nightmare on the second and after putting his drive out of bounds, ended up with a double bogie seven. He is much more confident in his game and himself these days and he managed to put it behind him and start afresh from the third with a birdie. He dropped just the one more shot on the fifth but the rest was just great golf, two more birdies and the rest all pars to take the lowest gross of the day, seventy one. Nick shot a nett sixty seven to take the win by two shots.
Nick said that apart from underestimating the side wind on the second and hitting out of bounds he was very pleased with the way that he played and managed it overall. He was cut to 3.7 and hopes to take that lower still in the next big competition, the Sturgess Volvo Trophy on the 24th of this month. Keith Heppenstall was second with a nett sixty nine. The next two places were settled on count back, Stephen Wooldridge was third and Peter Dickinson took fourth. The winner of the Moore Stephens trophy last week, Robert Lewin was fifth.
The Ladies had a good turnout playing a medal competition for the Gill Christie Trophy on the same day. Former Captain Angela Wheeler who has also been playing well recently, won it by two shots with a nett seventy two and was cut to seventeen. Angela said that the wind which, for no reason whatsoever, kept changing making the course tougher than normal. Sue Brand and a resurgent Liz Haughton were separated on count back into second and third places. Sophie Beardsall won the lowest gross.
The Seniors’ August Medal was played on the Valley course as maintenance work was being carried out on the Lakes. Eight handicapper Ken Porter led the field with a gross seventy five, nett sixty seven in division one and also won the lowest gross. John Taylor took second place on count back from Jack Vernal after both men scored a nett sixty eight.
The overall medal was won by Mike Pare in division two, he shot a brilliant nett sixty six to take the medal, he also won the lowest gross. Mike was cut to nineteen. Dave Lucas was second and seniors vice Captain Radley Wardhaugh was third.
Tim Brown off twenty one won the August Midweek Medal. Tim shot a nett sixty eight and was cut to twenty. Alan Childerley was second with a sixty nine. Neil Lowndes took third place on count back from Andy Webb, both players shot a nett seventy. The lowest gross went to Ben Easson for a gross seventy eight.
The Ladies Midweek Medal was won by one handicapper Emma Tipping with a well crafted gross seventy three, she also won the lowest gross and was cut to point seven. Rena Lister was second with a nett seventy three and Bryony Batch took third place with a nett seventy four.