Championship Rant

This years knockout phase of the Club Championship started in perfect weather conditions.  In the early part of the week Mark Lewis defeated Colin Toshack in spite of Colin chipping in twice.  Later that evening the shock of the quarter finals was Roger Boyle beating Chris Payne.  Having gone 2 down early on Roger clung on before winning the 17th to go one up and closing out the match on the 18th – Well done Rodge!  Jordan played Ian Jones and despite Ian playing some great golf on the front 9, Jordan proved too strong finally winning on the first extra hole.  But to take Jordan to an extra hole is a fine performance in a scratch competition – well done Ian.  In the last quarter final Nick Grimmitt played Martin Price, Nick played some great golf with 5 birdies and proved too strong for Martin.

The semi-finals would comprise of Mark Lewis v Roger Boyle and Jordan PR v Nick Grimmitt. Mark got off to a flying start and proved too strong for Roger winning the match convincingly to gain a place in the final.  The other semi final would prove to be a much closer affair with Nick finally clinching a place in the final against Mark.

On Sunday in the 36 hole match Mark shot an oustanding morning round of 64 to gain the ascendency against Nick.  Mark finally won 5&4 to become a new name on Club Championship shield – well done Mark.

A big thank you to Terry Smith, John Redknap and Steve Nicholls for refereeing the 3 mens finals.  Thanks must also go to the Lady Captain for presenting the Men’s trophies to the winners – thanks Karen.

The Rugby Shield was won by John Francis narrowly beating Ian Dodd.  The Glamorganshire shield was won by Dafydd Harries beating Pete (sporting legend) Goodfellow in a not so narrow victory.  But it was a 36 hole match if that’s any consolation Pete!

After the break back to medal golf this weekend and next week a 4BBB, the 4BBB goes live tonight at the usual time.

Finally, a number of members have complained about the state of the bunkers later on in the day please ensure you follow these guidelines.

1. Find the best entry and exit point (normally the lowest part).
2. Enter the bunker with the rake.
3. Smooth over the sand as you back out of the bunker

Begin raking over the signs of play, pull the tines of the rake towards you, but be careful not to pull too much sand backwards. Restore the surface without displacing too much sand. If you are pulling too much sand towards you push the tines away from you a few times. THIS IS MOST IMPORTANT.

4. Exit the bunker and complete raking.
5. Check before continuing your round

When finished the sand surface should be even with no signs of divots or footprints and no excess sand having been pulled towards the bunker edge.

The simple rule is leave the bunker as you would expect to find it.

Happy Golfing

Leon Reece
Match Captain

matchcaptain@hotmail.co.uk

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