JOHN O’GAUNT GOLF CLUB
There was a large field of 166 players who played in the May Medal. The competition was played over the John O’Gaunt course on Saturday 20 May. The conditions were tough with cloud and heavy rain showers throughout the day which affected the scoring. The winner of the May Medal was Simon Albone on count back from Nolan Darnell, both recording a subpar round of 70. After his success in the Carthagena Bowl the previous Sunday was Russell Bodkin with a score of 72 who came in third, ahead of 4 other players on the same score beating them on count back.
The ever popular John O’Gaunt Golf Club Pro-Am, organised by Lee Scarbrow, Head Professional and his wife Sue, in association with the Regional PGA, attracted 216 players, including 54 professionals, from across the East of England, and beyond, on Monday 22 May. Each team of 4 included a Professional and 3 club players. The winning Professional was James Webber, 3 Rivers Golf Club, with a gross score of 68. The team prize led by professional, Daniel Field, went to East Herts. Golf Club just pipping John O’Gaunt’s team of Jason Churchley (JOG Pro), Morag Hutcheon, Steve Clinton and Tony Brookes on count back.
There were 16 Ladies competing in the Medal/Eclectic held on Thursday 18 May, as many were away enjoying themselves at a Club organised trip to a show in London. After the heavy rain of the proceeding day the John O’Gaunt course was playing long and tough this was reflected in the scores. Anna Collis defied the difficult conditions and came in with a terrific 73 nett to secure the win, Marie Bayes with a nett 78 taking second and Terre Leach 2 shots further back on nett 80 for third.
There were a further 24 ladies in 8 teams of 3, who did not wish to play in the Medal played in a Team Stableford, best 2 out of 3 scores to count. The top 3 teams were well clear of the field with 70 points were Tina Page, Diane Munns and Kay Daniels in third, second with 2 points more on 72 was Pat Harrington, Sue Bryan and Penny Staveley-Smith, topping the field were Lindsay Derry, Nikki Hunter and Shelia Murphy with a sound 74 points.
In perfect conditions for golf on Sunday 21 May 10 pairs of ladies embarked to play a 4 Ball Better Ball competition on the John O’Gaunt course. The scoring did not match the conditions as only 2 pairs made a par or better score. With 38 points the glory went to Diane Oliver and Tracie Allan with 38 points and just behind in second were Wendy Percival and Morag Hutcheon with 36 points.
The Seniors embarked on the Ken Robinson Texas Scramble over the Carthagena Course on the 16 May in sunny and humid conditions. There were 80 entrants playing in teams of 4, with some very strong combinations which were reflected in the scores.
In 3rd place with a gross 64 and nett 57.2 were Alan Curtis, Colin Fox, David Gauge and Dave Henderson. In 2nd place with a gross pairing of Alan Fowler and Robin Smith both doyens of the club and still playing excellent golf with David Lincoln and John Ellary. Leading the field and taking the trophy in 1st place with an impressive gross score of 61 and nett 55 were Derek Page, Steve Cooper, Steve Akrill (playing in his last seniors competition before moving to pastures new up north) and Peter ‘Algy’ Grimes.