JOHN O’GAUNT GOLF CLUB
The annual 36 hole Club Championships were played over 2 days of 15 and 16 July. On Saturday the first round of the Championships and Junior Championships were played over the Carthagena course which was combined with the Nett Championship Trophy. A large field of 90 competed to claim the title of the Champion, in overcast conditions, with intermittent light rain. On Sunday with overcast but dry humid conditions, 49 players made the cut, being the top 32 Gross and top 32 nett players plus ties for the Championship and Nett titles, over the more demanding John O’Gaunt course. It also included the Juniors who play 36 holes for their Championship with no cut. After the first round Jack Slater and Paul Wharton were tied after 2 magnificent rounds of gross 66, 3 under par. Following their Sunday rounds defending Champion Jack Slater had to settle for second place with a gross 143 just 2 shots behind this year’s winner Paul Wharton and coming third was Michael Round with gross 146.
This year the Nett Championship was open to players with a handicap of 18 or better and the Collin Family kindly donated a magnificent Glass Vase to be presented to the winner. Following the Saturday round there were joint leaders with superb nett 62 scores, 7 under handicap par, Steve Pope and Glenn Wilkinson, both could not maintain their form and fell away slightly on Day 2. In a very close tussle 4 players were within 1 shot of each other but taking the Collin Vase was Neil Bridgen with a nett score of 135, second on count back was Chris Dennis with, first round leaders, Steven Pope third both with nett 136 also on the same score was Glenn Wilkinson.
Seven boys entered the Junior’s Club Championship with some good scores recorded on the Saturday but Alex Zavodov was the only one to improve his score on the Sunday. The Junior Championship went to Alexandre Zavodov with a 36 hole total of gross 151 with Michael Wright picking up the runner up spot with gross 157. Alexandre’s score also gave him a commendable 8th place overall with a score of 151, in the Club Championship.
At the conclusion of the presentation a BBQ was available to players, members and their guests with the meat being kindly donated by Piggots the Butchers and the rolls by Gunns the Bakers.
Club Champion: Paul Wharton - 66 + 75 = 141 gross
Runner up: Jack Slater - 66 + 77 = 143 gross
3rd: Michael Round - 71 + 75 = 146 gross
Club Junior Champion: Alexandre Zavodov - 76 + 75 = 151 gross
Runner Up: Michael Wright - 76 + 81 = 157 gross
Nett Champion: Neil Bridgen - 66 + 69 = 135 nett
Runner Up: Chris Dennis - 67 + 69 = 136 nett on count back
3rd: Steven Pope - 62 + 74 = 136 nett
On Thursday the 13 July the ladies held 2 competitions, the Grannies Trophy and a Par Competition, both being held on the Carthagena Course.
The Grannies Trophy, an individual stableford competition which is open to all the golfing Grannies in the golf club, had 38 entries with some fantastic scoring. In third place, on count back, scoring 38 points and playing off a handicap of 19 was Nikki Hunter, second place, also scoring 38 points and playing off a handicap of 14 went to Sue Lee. Taking the Grannies Trophy with something to tell the grandchildren that she scored an amazing 45 points and playing off a handicap of 20 was Sue Bassindale, congratulations on being cut 3 shots, now playing off a handicap of 17.
The Par Competition, is where each player plays against the course, and can either win, lose or half a hole, had 19 entrants, and again some good scoring. In 3rd place playing of a handicap of 28 and beating the course by 1 hole was Pat Court, second place playing of a handicap of 9 and beating the course by 2 holes was Morag Hutcheon, and in first place, on count back, also beating the course by 2 holes, playing off a handicap of 2 was Yvette Bunker-Dare.