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Will directs proceedings to lift Cup
THE Director’s Cup saw men, women and juniors gather for a 36-hole medal over the Easter weekend.
The weather was breezy but fine enough for the first three days, however, anyone who saved their second round for the Monday regretted their decision because the conditions were dreadful and only three players handed in a valid card.
One of those was David Allen who, having scored a nett 65 on his first round, battled against the rain and achieved third place in the men’s section with a second round of 69.
However, the winner after countback was veteran Angus Nicoll with an aggregate score of 133.
Ladies’ champion was Ruth Donovan with 142 while Will Wright claimed the junior prize and also the Director’s Cup with the lowest nett aggregate score of the weekend – 131.
Men: 1 (acb) Angus Nicoll 133, 2 Martin Horton 133, 3 David Allen 134.
Ladies: 1 Ruth Donovan 142, 2 Jo Walkey 150, 3 Toshiko Ricketts 151.
Juniors: 1 Will Wright 131.
* Twenty-four men turned out for the April midweek medal.
Runner-up Graham Blunden (7) carded a score of 68, closely followed by Ken Stead (11) with 69 but the runaway winner by seven shots, with a fantastic score of 61, was David Faithfull (23), earning him a three-shot handicap cut.
Blunden received a one-shot reduction. * The men’s Sunday competition was the Marie Curie stableford and the event attracted 93 entrants.
Following a junior’s triumph in the Director’s Cup, another youngster came out on top in the stableford with Division Two’s Tyler Lennox-Gordon romping home with an impressive 44 points, four clear of the rest of the field.
Eddie Cary led Division One with 39 points and Division Three winner was Robert Bryan with 40 points.
Division One: 1 (acb) Eddie Cary (5) 39, 2 Phil Winton (10) 39, 3 Julian Green (9) 38.
Division Two: 1 Tyler Lennox-Gordon (15) 44, 2 (acb) Richard Balson (16) 40, 3 Andy Smith (16) 38.
Division Three: 1 Robert Bryan (19) 40, 2 (acb) Pete Johnston (21) 38, 3 Bob Dewland (23) 38.
Lennox-Gordon had his handicap cut by two shots, Balson, Smith, Bryan & Johnston by one. Lennox-Gordon also won the Junior April Medal 85-15-70 with Sam Clarke finishing in second place 92-17-75. Meanwhile, in the Hardy A League, Bridport beat Came Down 6-2.
* The veterans’ Thursday competition was the Bill Caddy Putter.
Despite David Faithfull’s outlandish 61 the day before, the winner, John Sansom, went one better.
Runner-up in Division One was Fran Eamer with a score of 69 while Robert Froy took the Division Two honours with 71.
Division One: 1 John Sansom 77-17-60, 2 Fran Eamer 83-14-69, 3 (acb) Nick Franks 83-11-72, 4 Dave Dowling 86-14-72.
Division Two: 1 Robert Froy 99-28-71, 2 (acb) Jeff Webster 98-26-72, 3 Tony Udall 95-23-72, 4 Colin Clark 96-22-74.
Sansom had his handicap cut by four shots.
* Forty ladies competed for either the Janie Rawles Cup or a stableford, writes Lyn Hargrave.
For those with handicaps between 25-36 it was the former while the rest played for the latter.
Thirty-three points seemed to be the chosen score as, quite unusually, five players topped the leaderboard with the same score.
Relying on countback, Carole Hedley pipped Jane Dowling to top spot in the Janie Rawles Cup while Rith Donovan claimed the stableford honours ahead of Marilyn Wilson and Diane Stothard.