If Shakespeare had been invited as a guest contributor to our website and to comment upon our Club Championship weekend what perhaps would he have said about the miserable start the competitors had on Saturday -
"A plague upon this howling", or "The rain, it raineth every day" or even perhaps "Lord, what fools these mortals be"
Or on the other hand perhaps we could have invited John Motson for Sunday- "A game of two halves Gary" as the weather did a complete turnaround and we had a day that would have not been out of place in mid-summer. Polo shirts, sunglasses and sunblock the order of the day. The rain on Saturday was truly foul until about 2.30 when it relented somewhat but those who played early (who said they always get the best weather?) were well and truly drenched. Many walked off the course, Niblick even spoke to one who entered the competition, paid his money and then walked off from the 1st tee ! Does that constitute a record for returning an NR ? In all 15mm of rain fell on Saturday morning.
Good scores were at a premium on Saturday but that did not prevent the cream from rising to the top with great 1st round scores from John Paul, Jack Irwin and Joe Cruse. These three carried on their good form today. In the Mens Championships the final results were:
Club Championships 2017
1st gross Joe Cruse 67/71 138 winning the Magor Gold Medal
2nd gross Jack Irwin 68/76 144
1st net John Paul 70/70 140 winning the 36 Hole Net
2nd net Andy Bunt 73/71 144
The Ladies were fortunate on Saturday to play the first round of the Championship without getting rained on. The heavy downpours of the morning had ceased by the time the first Ladies went out and, although a bit blustery, conditions were dry enough after being almost waterlogged earlier in the day. A field of 15 participated this year and, as always in a medal format, fortunes were mixed. In several cases it was a case of one hole breaking the round but there was always a second chance on Sunday!
Leaders after Day 1 were current club Champion Kath Biddle and Fiona Lunt, closely followed by Penny Cartwright, all in the 80’s gross. Several other Ladies stayed under the magic 100 and it was all to play for on Sunday. Playing partners were drawn according to results for Sunday and the leaders led the field out on Sunday morning in hugely improved playing conditions of light winds and sunshine (yes, you read that right!).
Unfortunately Kath Biddle didn’t manage to match her performance of the previous day and left the door open for a new Champion this year. In the end Fiona Lunt almost matched her excellent 87 of Saturday with an 89 on Sunday, giving her a Gross total of 176 and winning the Championship by 2 shots from Penny Cartwright. On the basis that only one prize per person can be awarded, Penny received the Centenary trophy for the best nett and Meg Godfrey received the Gross runner-up prize. Lynn Ashcroft had an excellent championships and was runner-up in the Centenary Cup nett prize. Bev Vann was the winner of the Barbara Wills trophy for the most improved Nett score over the 2 days.
The final results were:
1st Fiona Lunt gross 176 winning the Ladies Championship Cup
2nd Meg Godfrey gross 180
1st Penny Cartwright 160 net winning the Centenary Trophy
2nd Lynn Ashcroft 162
And the prize for the most improved score 1st round compared to 2nd round goes to Bev Vann with a 12 shot improvement.
Meanwhile on the Holywell Course there was a Mixed Greensomes Competition the results of which were:
1st Tony & Diana Mindel – 42 points
2nd Caroline & David Ramsbottom – 41 points
3rd Barbara & Keith Wilmott – 39 points
4th Helen & John Russell - 37 points