SOMEONE upstairs seems to be looking after the male members of the club because while the ladies once again had their competition cancelled due to bad weather, the men, like the veterans, enjoyed a dry but somewhat chilly day for their February medal on Sunday.

The scoring was good across all three divisions with seven of the nine money winners scoring gross scores in the 80s or better.

Mike Vincent led Division One with a nett 70, three shots clear of Steve Crabb who was runner-up after countback.

All three leaders of Division Two carded a nett 71 with Nigel Challis taking the top spot on countback.

Lowest nett scores of the day were in Division Three with Tom Hunt beating Don McAllister on countback after both carded nett 69s.


Division One: 1 Mike Vincent 81-11-70, 2 (acb) Steve Crabb 79-6-73, 3 Kieran Mulhall 81-8-73.

Division Two: 1 (acb) Nigel Challis 88-17-71, 2 (acb) Pat Hart 85-14-71, 3 Toby Eeles 85-14-71.

Division Three: 1 (acb) Tom Hunt 94-25-69, 2 Don McAllister 88-19-69, 3 Paul Grey 92-21-71.

Veterans’ section

THE veterans were fortunate in having a dry day for their Thursday competition.

This was the fourth and final round of the Winter Shield Stableford and while it was understandably soft underfoot, all 18 holes were playable, including the regular greens.

Fortunately there was very little wind but any ball that strayed into the rough was very difficult to extract as the grass was extremely soggy and battered by the weather.

The two highest scores of the day came from Division One where veterans’ vice-captain Keith Brown, with 39 points, edged out club captain Phil Dowell into second place by one point.

Top man in Division Two was Jon Winkle with 37 points.


Division One: 1 Keith Brown (13) 39pts, 2 Phil Dowell (13) 38, 3 Phil Huggins (19) 37, 4 Tim Bassett (18) 35.

Division Two: 1 Jon Winkle (23) 37pts, 2 Malcolm Peach (23) 36, 3 Dave Cole (25) 33, 4 (acb) Trevor Foster (24) 32.

The overall winner of the Winter Shield (total of best three scores) was Phil Dowell with 112 points.

Richard Fox and Richard Lomax were joint runners-up, both with 110 points.