Monday, 19 November 2018

Weather provides an added challenge in club championships

THE Hennerton Club Championships produced some intense competition.

THE Hennerton Club Championships produced some intense competition.

A total of 59 players took part, with 42 men and 17 ladies competing for their respective club champion titles.

For the first time in years the event was played over two days instead of the previous format of 36 holes in one day.

Day one saw some tough conditions with a breezy wind making the tricky pin positions even tougher to get at.

In the men’s competition Paul Walker (6hcp) and Kevin Allaway (10hcp) ended the first round tied for the lead after both scored impressive gross 70s. Six shots further back in third was John Luxton (10hcp) after a 76. In the Ladies’ event the first round finished with a three-way tie on gross 84.

Jane Luckhurst (9hcp), vice captain Barbara Langdale (19hcp) and Liz Deaney (15hcp) battled hard to set up a tense final round.

The weather on day two was almost as tricky, with a persistent, gusty wind. The field, however, seemed to adjust well to the conditions as the scoring improved throughout the field.

The men’s event went down to the wire between day one leaders Walker and Allaway, with Walker needing to get down in two putts from six feet to make sure of the title. Fortunately for him it went straight in as he finished with a 75 and a total of 145 to claim his first club championship.

It meant that Allaway had to settle for second after a second round 77 and a total of 147. Third place went to John Luxton who matched his 76 from day one for a total of 152.

In the ladies’ competition Liz Deaney had pulled eight shots clear of Luckhurst and 10 clear of Langdale at the halfway stage.

However Deaney’s lead was down to one standing on the 36th tee as Luckhurst had pulled back into contention. A bad last hole for Luckhurst allowed Deaney to coast to victory, posting a second round 78 for a 162 total. Jane finished second with a second consecutive 84, six shots behind on a total 168. Third place went to Lady Captain Penny Holmes who finished with a 172 total.

There were also net prizes available and in the men’s event the winner was George Pugsley (15hcp), after he posted a net total of 125 for the two rounds.

Stuart Bryant (16hcp) was second with a net 126, despite having the lowest gross round of 73 on day two. Pat Taylor won the ladies’ net prize with a total of 129 after consistent rounds of net 65 and 64.

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