8:54am Wednesday 22nd February 2012
By Sport reporter
THE veterans’ Thursday competition was the fourth and last round of the Winter Shield – a stableford off the yellow tees.
A much milder morning of late with glimpses of spring-like sunshine surprisingly attracted a fairly small field of 48 players.
The winner of this last round and the only man to break the 40 barrier was Allan Harvey (40 points) in Division One, two points ahead of veterans’ vice-captain Roger Pollock.
Dave Cole was the leader of Division Two with 37 points. The winner of the shield is the man with the highest total of points from the best three rounds, and going into the last round the leader with 116 points was Brian Osborne.
His final round of 34 was not enough to improve his total but his first three-round scores gave him a substantial lead over the rest of the field.
Harvey’s effort of 40 earned him the runner-up position but Osborne still won the Winter Shield by a clear four points. RESULTS Division One: 1 Allan Harvey (17) 40pts, 2 (acb) Roger Pollock (19) 38, 3 Fran Eamer (15) 38, 4 Tim Bassett (17) 36.
Division Two: 1 Dave Cole (24) 37, 2 Gil Roberts(21) 36, 3 Tony Udall (23) 34, 4 Crispin Boyle (28) 32.
Harvey and Pollock received a one-shot handicap cut.
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In the men’s section, Sunday played host to a three-man team bowmaker off ¾ handicap with 36 teams taking part.
There was little to choose between the top two teams and just one point separated the winning trio of Graham Hunt (6), Phil Dowell (10) and Mike Franklin (11), with 76 points, and runners-up George Brown (14), Richard Bal-son (18) and Paddy McMaster (19).
Then followed a four-point gap between the team of Pat Woolmington (2), Ed Cary (5) and Ben Ashton (12), who came third with 71 points. Eight players carded twos.
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The challenge of the clubs and a putter competition is knowing what clubs to choose.
Fortunately the weather was kind to the ladies and despite not having a full set of clubs some good scores were achieved over 11 holes.
However, the overall winner for this competition, Saturday and Tuesday players combined, was Liz Walker with 20 points, followed by Jane Dowling (17 points) on countback from Val Cameron.
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