Wednesday, 17 August 2022

Smith has the edge

THERE were tight finishes in all three divisions of the weekend Stableford at Caversham Heath

THERE were tight finishes in all three divisions of the weekend Stableford at Caversham Heath on Sunday.

Countback was needed to decide the Division 1 winner, with Archie Smith emerging triumphant. Runner-up was Richard Craven and third was Will Tate, all with 37 points.

Smith — with halves of 16 and 21 points — got the nod on countback over the back three holes, despite bogeying the last. Craven — halves of 17 and 20 — recorded three birdies in his round, while a nil return on the last — the second on his back nine — proved costly for Tate.

Division 2 winner was Deighton Sear with 37 points. Second was Sean Houghton on countback from Andrew Robertson, both with 36 points. Sear ended with three bogeys but a first nine of 20 points was enough to see him to victory.

Gordon Berry took the honours in Division 3 with 38 points. Runner-up was Gareth Johns with 37 points and third Debbie Harris with 36 points. Berry came home in 21 points despite ending with three bogeys. Johns recorded 20 points on his last nine holes but a bogey, nil return, bogey finish was costly.

Jack Turrill won Division 1 of the midweek Stableford with 39 points. Runner-up was Seamus Smith with 38 points and third was David Holloway on countback from Jack Russell, both with 36 points.

Division 2 winner was Jim Willison with 36 points. Second was Caroline Dover on countback from Andy Ward, both with 34 points. Willison scored 22 points on his front nine but hung on for victory after recording two nil returns on his back nine. Ward lost his chance with a triple bogey on his 18th hole.

The team of Christopher Searle, Michael Gennace and Paul Lobban were victorious in the Europro Pro-Am competition with a score of 80 points. Runners-up were Matt Robertson, Will Tate and Callum Peart with 79 points and third were Chris Green, Dave Williams and David Brown with 77.

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