8:46am Wednesday 8th February 2012
By Sport reporter
PHIL Dowell fought off the attentions of 84 competitors to claim the February Medal, writes Peter Crowter.
While in many parts of the country golfers must have been frustrated by snow-covered courses, the worst Bridport members had to suffer was the chilly temperature.
Eighty-five players turned out in total and there was some good scoring, but the runaway winner, five shots clear of the rest of the field, was Dowell of Division One with a terrific score of nett 63.
Top of the pile in Division Two was Rob Condliffe (nett 68) while coming out on top in Division Three was Martin Farnham (nett 71).
Lowest gross of the day was Patrick Woolmington with an excellent 72. There were also 10 twos with Tony Burt bagging a pair.
RESULTS Division One: 1 Phil Dowell 75-12-63, 2 (after countback) Bob Harding 80-12-68, 3 Barry O’Mahony 79-11-68.
Division Two: 1 Rod Condliffe 86-18-68, 2 (acb) Jimmy Gbadebo 82-13-69, 3 Richard Balson 87-18-69.
Division Three: 1 Martin Farnham 92-21-71, 2 Robert Laverton 92-20-72, 3 Graham Symes 93-20-73.
Condliffe and Gbadebo received a one-shot handicap cut. n The weather was extremely cold for the veterans’ Thursday competition, which was the third round of the Winter Shield Stableford.
There was a biting wind and the erratic behaviour of the ball on the frozen ground meant far from ideal conditions.
Fifty-two brave souls donned their thermals and took on the challenge, with Brian Osborne and Ian Campbell the clear leaders of their respective divisions.
With 36 points, Osborne was four clear of runner-up Roger Pollock in Division One, while in Division Two, Campbell (35 points) was two points ahead of second-placed Mike Conway.
Osborne leads the Winter Shield with a total of 116 points from three rounds. RESULTS Division One: 1 Brian Osborne (17) 36pts, 2 (acb) Roger Pollock (19) 32, 3 Fran Eamer (15) 32, 4 (acb) Bob Dennis (18) 31.
Division Two: 1 Ian Campbell (28) 35, 2 (acb) Mike Conway (25) 33, 3 Derek Griggs (22) 33, 4 Keith Delves (21) 32.
Campbell’s handicap was cut by one shot.
n When Di Edwards put her ball in the bunker halfway up the 11th fairway she wasn’t at all displeased with herself as she had also collected the flag from its previous position in the 11-hole flag competition, writes Jan Clark.
As most of the other 19 ladies playing the week’s short competition had already used up all their shots and headed for the clubhouse, Edwards didn’t have long to wait to find out that her sandy final shot had brought her home the winner.
In the 18-hole flag competition, in which the Tuesday and Saturday fields combined, Ruth Donovan, with her handicap cut by two strokes to 24 at the annual review, was still able to arrive six feet from the pin on the 17th with her last shot and come in ahead of a field of 14.
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