Pair win fourball betterball

LAST pair off the course James Jewell and Dean Bennett won the Des Burton Fourball Betterball Medal on Sunday 22nd May with an excellent 64.

Paul Ventress and Kevin Barker will rue their bogey, bogey finish for 65, leaving them in second place. Steve Dosdale with Martin Shackleton had 67, the same score as Steve Swales and Richard Brown, and Simon Walker and Andy Pearson had 68.

In other competitions this week Lewis Wright won the Midweek Stableford with 43 points. Simon Gibson was second on 41 ahead of Mike Harper and Jim Hall on 40. Mike Simpson had 39.

Clive Lyth had a convincing win in Saturday’s Stableford, his score of 43 points giving him a four-point cushion over Sam Richardson, Mick Allen and Martin Shackleton. Kieran Noble and Richard Barker scored 38 points.

The juniors played for their first trophy of the season and Luke Asbury made the best of a very difficult and windy day, scoring 32 points. Sam Richardson had 27, Kieran Noble 26, Michael Coates 24 and Lewis Wright 18. The next junior competition is the Bogey Trophy on Sunday 12 June.

The first mixed competition of the year, the Silver Salver Mixed Greensomes, takes place on Friday 27 May, teeing off from 3pm. There is an Am-Am in teams of four on Saturday 28 May, the Centenary Trophy on Sunday 29 May and a Pro’s Open Stableford on Bank Holiday Monday. There will be a Midweek Medal on Wednesday 1 June.

Gentlemen should note that the closing date for the current round of the President’s Putter is Monday 13 June; for the Beckett Cup 20 June; and for the Milburn Foursomes 27 June.

Davey Armstrong won his first trophy in the seniors section, scoring 38 points to win the Silver Salver played on 19 May. Alan Scott was second on 36, Keith Robinson had 34 and Morris Crosland and Tim Heald both had 33.

Tony’s Tip of the Week: the greatest danger of playing on a course that you are very familiar with is that you can stop thinking.

Conditions are always changing and your approach, including club selection, has to change with the conditions. For example it is no good to say ‘I always play a 6 iron from the 150 yard marker’ - sometimes it will be downwind, sometimes into the wind, the ground dry, the ground soft, etc, etc. Try to get into the habit of playing the course as if you’ve never seen it before, approach each shot and think about the conditions, then play accordingly. Flexible thinking is vital!