JOHN O’GAUNT GOLF CLUB
John O’Gaunt Juniors took part in a new competition at the weekend, when the President’s Trophy was played for the first time in its new format as a Texas scramble. This was the culmination of the early season induction sessions, which have been played on wet Sunday afternoons over the past two months. Thankfully, the only weather problems this time were restricted to a testing breeze. The competition certainly attracted a strong entry, with almost half of the Junior Section in action. As well as that, there was an audience of over 60 to applaud the youngsters at the presentation of the trophy.
With each 3-player group having a total handicap of around 100, the scoring in this team event was remarkably good. Although it was officially a handicap competition, the overall gross scores proved enough to separate the nine teams. Two teams scored a 5 over par total of 46 for their 11 holes, with Jenifer Tocha, Tom Sennett and James Playford securing third place on count back. The two leading teams were well ahead. Second place went to Molly Jewers, Owen Williams and Joe Clark with a 43, but they were a single stroke behind Maddie Clinton, Junior captain Harry Warmoth and the section’s youngest player, eight-year-old Alasdair Large, who recorded an excellent score of 42, just one over par.
On Thursday 16th March the ladies took on a team challenge of Ladies Captain v Ladies Vice Captain and with a Greensomes format, each pairing was allocated to either the Captain’s or Vice Captain’s team. After several days of sunny spring like weather the sun decided not to come out for the Ladies, but to the credit of the course staff the John O'Gaunt was in beautiful condition, giving opportunity for some good golf.
The competition ended up an admirable half and the Ladies celebrated and enjoyed a lovely lunch in the club house after the game.
The Senior Section commenced their 2017 season with their Senior’s 4 Ball Better Ball Trophy on Thursday 14 March on the Carthagena course. There was a large field of 40 pairs of Seniors setting off in search of glory. With over 30 pairs scoring to par or better it needed a special sub-par round of golf to pick up the trophy. Coming in with a magnificent 46 points to take the Trophy were Peter Evans and Ned Yorke, second a point behind with 45 points were Graham Lewis partnering Robert Anderson beating on count back Rodney Thomas with Vernon Toms into third.