Saturday 2nd April 2016 – Weather fair Gents Medal. 65 competitors. Result: J. Woodman 63 nett. J. Whitelaw 64. S Taylor 65. Ladies Stableford. 19 competitors. S. Porteous 40pts. NMJ Rose 39. C. Whitfield 39.
The “Sparrows vs Swallows” opening competitive event of the year on Good Friday attracted the largest field for many years and benefitted from benign conditions. The result was a 4-2 win for the transitory community (Swallows). Given the substantial margins of victory in their two wins, dissenting voices from the residents (Sparrows) suggested the result should be decided on a holes up basis but they were overruled by the competition secretary (who happened to be a Swallow). The following day, the Ladies Easter Coffee morning was also well attended and raised over £400 for Alzheimer’s research, and was followed…
The field was reduced to 44 probably by the threat of heavy rain in the afternoon. All the leading scores were achieved by those playing in the early morning. Countbacks were needed to decide the first and second, and third and fourth places in the Lord Walton Cup. Tim Saddington and Mick Cummins both had 40 points but Tim had 23 points on the second nine. It took scores on the last three holes to give Derek Stout third place over Mark Robson.
1 Ian Patterson 40 points 2 Tony Cawthorn 38 points 3 Dan Taylor 38 points