Wednesday, 17 August 2022

Miller grinds out win against club captain

BADGEMORE PARK’S senior section opened their winter season with the first of two winter Stableford competitions last week in which Roger Moore took top prize with 40 points.

BADGEMORE PARK’S senior section opened their winter season with the first of two winter Stableford competitions last week in which Roger Moore took top prize with 40 points.

This was followed with a 3-1 win in the winter league away at Temple and the final round of the summer medal competition. Mervyn Hardman returned a net 65 to win Division 1 with Ted Pyke the winner in Division 2 with 34 points.

The final of the Founders Trophy, the summer singles knockout, saw youngster Calum Miller defeat club captain Danny Fois.

This close fought match witnessed a turn of events with Fois standing one up with two to play losing out to some powerful and accurate play over the final two holes from 16-year-old Miller.

Last weekend Steven Warne scored 43 points in the final round of the Haines Committee Cup to secure first place in the overall competition, played over five rounds. John Grace and Tony Browne came second and third respectively in the fifth round, helping Brown to second place overall from Scott Arlett in third.

Sunday’s rearranged Walker Cup competition was won by the pairing of Simon Austin and Tom Stocker with a joint score of 47 points.

There was a close finish to the weekend Stableford at Caversham Heath last Saturday where a single point covered the top four players.

David Stankard took the honours on countback from David Wise, both with 37 points.

Despite bogeying the last hole, a birdie on the 17th hole set up Stankard for victory. Wise lost his chance with a double bogey on the 18th hole.

It was also tight for third place with Peter Curtis edging out John Downey both with 36 points. Curtis recorded three birdies but double bogeyed the last hole.

Mervyn Jones claimed top spot in Division 2 in another close call. Jones birdied the 17th hole but then double bogeyed the last for a score of 37 points. Damien Cleary took second place on countback from Chris Stace, both with 36 points. Both players threw away chances of victory, both scoring a bogey and two doubles in their last three holes.

Jason Springer was the runaway winner of Division 2 with 39 points. Behind him, four players all finished with 31 points. Adrian Ford got the nod on countback from Debbie Harris, Nigel Priestley and Daniel Dover.

Damien Cleary also featured in the midweek Stableford, taking the Division 1 top prize with 41 points. Runner-up was Jack Turrill with 38 points and third was Joseph Sicheri with 36 points. Division 2 saw another tight finish with Ralph Lambert taking it on countback from Mike Dayt, both with 33 points. Lambert double bogeyed his last two holes but held on after Day also double bogeyed the last. Keith Taylor also had a chance, but a double bogey on each of his last three holes proved costly and he had to settle for third place with 32 points. Kjersti and Peter Cannon claimed the greensomes format October Vase with 41 points. Second were James Millard and Sarla Read with 38 points and third were Caroline and Daniel Dover with 35.

The final seniors match at Mapledurham Golf Club against Sherfield Oaks resulted in a 4-2 defeat but with Mapledurham winning the home match 4-2 the overall result was a draw. The winning games for Mapledurham were Richard Gough and Ian Montgomery two and one and also John Cook and Howard Cooke with a seven and five.

The October midweek medal was a close run event with Alex Robinson winning with a net 65. Runners-up were Steve Briggs and Mike Spensley, both on a net 66. The best gross score was Alan Merrow with 77.

Spensley took Division 1 with a net 66 followed by Simon Sawyer on 67 and Morrow returning 68.

Division 2 was won by Alex Robinson with net 65 while Steve Briggs carded net 66 ahead of John Buckby on 69. Berni Doyle was out on her own in Division 3 with a net 68. Second place went to Irene Manson with net 72 who beat Joan Cadge by one.

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