JOHN O’GAUNT GOLF CLUB
The Teens Cup, for players with handicaps between 13 and 19, was contested by 106 golfers over the John O’Gaunt course on Saturday 22 April. In cloudy, with intermittent sunshine, but cool conditions the scores did not reflect the weather with a number of players breaking course par. The result was decided on count back with 2 players recording excellent nett 68 scores winning was Gary Earl and second Ian Garrett and Clive Thompson on 69 nett taking 3rd spot.
St Georges Day
The following day, on Sunday 23 April the Club held a celebration to St George. On a mainly sunny day with occasional cloud cover 72 players played in an individual Stableford competition over the John O’Gaunt course, with a shotgun start. After their round the players then sat down in the Burgoyne suite to a traditional roast carvery of beef, with all the trimmings before embarking on a rousing rendition of Jerusalem. The organiser, Martin Stackemann aided and abetted by Keith Beddall presented the prizes to the winners of the Men’s and Ladies competition. There were also awards for nearest the pin and the best Supporting acts went to Ian Godger and Susan Firby. For the Men there was some good scoring with 41 points taking the crown was Barry Watson closely followed by Rob McCafferty, 40 points and third, Adam Woods on 39 points. The Ladies was a very much closer affair with 4 Ladies tying on top of the leader board with 38 points, after careful scrutiny and count back calculations Marie Bayes won with Kay Daniels second, playing off her new handicap of 22, followed by Diane Munns, 3rd and Vicky Collin, 4th. On the 16th par 3 the nearest pin for the Men was Gary Buchan and for the Ladies Penny Staveley-Smith both were within 2 feet of the hole.
With the golfing season now in full swing, Thursday 20th April saw the ladies competing for the Albert Moule trophy, an 18 hole Stableford competition. With the weather not being as Spring like as a few weeks previously, the ladies still took to the challenges of the course, but with a field of 49 players only 3 managed to play below their handicaps, proving there were certainly some challenges out there. Coming in third position playing off a handicap of 21 was Sue Bassindale with 37 points, in second place playing off a handicap of 17 was Sue Bryan with 38 points, and the winner proving there were few challenges to her on the day, playing off a handicap of 25 was Kay Daniels with a fantastic score, 5 points ahead of the field with 43 points, which included 1 of the 7 birdies scored on the day. Congratulations to Kay Daniels for achieving her new handicap of 22.
Seniors’ Annual Medal Trophy
The Senior’s started their serious golfing season off with the Annual Medal Trophy competition played over the John O’Gaunt course on Tuesday 25 April. There was a large field of 72 playing off the white tees in weather more wintery than spring like with a biting cold northerly wind which did not make for low scoring. Only a few players managed to break par with only the top three achieving this. With a very respectable nett 71 put Peter Imray into third place just ahead was Geoff Emery and a commendable nett 69 from Alban MacDonald was enough for him to take the Trophy.