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GOLF: Franks sings in the rain at Bridport
8:00am Thursday 24th October 2013 in Sport
IT was far from ideal golfing weather for the 75 competitors who took the field for the men’s Sunday Stableford, writes Peter Crowter.
The strong winds and frequent heavy showers made scores in the high 30s difficult to achieve and indeed only two players managed to do so.
However, one player stood out from the rest with a score of 40 points and that was Nick Franks in Division One, who I happen to know recently purchased some new rain gear. John Legg-Bagg headed Division Two with 34 points and John Burwood claimed Division Three with 37 points.
Division One: 1 Nick Franks (12) 40pts, 2 Mike Savage (10) 38, 3 Gavin Gay (8) 33.
Division Two: 1 John Legg-Bagg (13) 34, 2 Tony Burt (13) 33, 3 Dave Howatt (17) 32.
Division Three: 1 John Burwood (20) 37, 2 Phil Lathey (21) 35, 3 Dave Boggis (19) 33.
IT is a strict rule of golf that the maximum number of clubs a player is allowed to carry in his bag is 14 but in Thursday’s veterans’ Stableford competition the organisers were a bit mean and only three clubs and a putter was the order of the day.
This appeared to be little handicap to some players especially Tim Bassett in Division, whose card I happened to be marking.
During his first nine holes he amassed a score of 23 points and then remarked on the possibility of it all going pear-shaped. It looked as if his predictions were about to come true on the back nine when two of his first few holes were pointless but he rallied with a string of pars and finished with 40 points, the top score of the day.
Long-standing veteran Tony Udall was not far behind and won Division Two with an excellent 39 points.
Division One: 1 Tim Bassett (18) 40pts, 2 Mike Brake (19) 36, 3 Colin Hore (15) 35, 4 Terry Kearley (18) 34.
Division Two: 1 Tony Udall (23) 39, 2 Gil Roberts (22) 38, 3 (onc) Malcolm Peach (24) 36, 4 Dave Cole (24) 36.
THE highlight of the week for the ladies came during the Saturday Stableford Competition when Ruth Donovan had a hole-in-one on the club’s signature sixth hole, writes Rosemary Shepherd.
The achievement was all the more remarkable because of the strong swirling wind.
Using an eight iron, Ruth managed to pitch the ball on the green and then watch it roll forward into the hole scoring her five points.
Eight ladies played the competition through the gusting wind and one or two heavy showers.
The winner was Margaret Thompson with 36 points and the runner-up was Marilyn Wilson with 35.
Tuesday’s competition was the qualifying round for the Carole Brown Winter Greensomes Knockout Trophy.
Fourteen pairs took part with the top eight going through to the knockout section. Conditions were good but the greens were very fast which made scoring difficult.
The top-two pairs both came in with 32 points. Carole Brown and Marion Hurley were the overall winners on countback from Diane Harris and Vivienne Gill.
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