Tuesday, 09 August 2022

Rayner leads way to secure May medal win

HENLEY Golf Club held the May Medal in conjunction with qualification for the knockout stage of

HENLEY Golf Club held the May Medal in conjunction with qualification for the knockout stage of the Ladies&rsquo Cup competition last week.

Adrian Rayner took the top spot in a close encountered top division with a net 70 on countback from John Bates, Harry Metcalfe and Tony Haden-Cadd, Marcel Petrie was a shot behind in fifth place. Countback was also required for Division 2 where John Chaytor won with a net 72 from Brian Shewan and Nigel Belcher whilst John Mitchell recorded a net 73 to claim Division 3 which was one shot better than Colin Smith and Mike Farina.

The outcome of the competition resulted in qualification for the knockout stage of the Ladies&rsquo Cup for Rayner, Bates, Petrie, Chaytor, Shewan, Belcher, Steve Webb and Mike Poulson.

The extra medal was played on Bank Holiday Monday and resulted in a win for 12 handicapper Len Leigh with a great score of net 66 which is four under. Willie Carr was the runner-up on countback with net 69 helped enormously by a hole in one on the 11th hole, from Nick Raine, Chris Fisher and Dave Crooks.

The ladies&rsquo section have had a well supported start to the season. A medal round was held in conjunction with the Foundation Brooch, a charity which supports young people to play golf who might not otherwise have the opportunity to do so.

In all 41 ladies competed and Division 1 was won by Lucy Terris with net 72, Division 2 by Gill Mitchell with net 74, Division 3 by Tracey Ellis with net 67 and Division 4 by Kathy Hooper with net 71.

Ellis won the Foundation Brooch and also had a reduction of two shots from her handicap.

A qualifying Stableford competition was competed for by 43 ladies where Helga Keay won Division 1 with 36 points. Division 2 was won by Harriet Wynn Jones with 35 points, Division 3 by Marie-Paule Norgrove with 29 and Division 4 by Gay Bentley-Coleman with 37 points.

Last month saw 79 ladies compete in the National Golf Challenge, a qualifying Stableford competition where all entrance fees were sent to the charity set up to help wounded servicemen back to health through playing golf. There was also a fun putting competition which ladies paid to enter.

The top five scores will be put forward to play in the national final. The top five from Henley were Claire Dodds with 39 points, Elaine Dudeney with 38, Gill Mitchell with 38 and Rachel Hall and Anne Richards both with 36. Hall also won the putting competition.

Last week saw the Medal competition incorporating the Jubilee Cup which was competed for by 52 ladies. Winner of Division 1 was Lucy Terris with net 68 leading to a cut in handicap from 11 to 10. Winner on Division 2 was Jenny Stanier with net 73, Division 3 was won by Val Cumming with net 71 and Division 4 by Gay Bentley-Coleman with net 72. The Winner of the Jubilee Cup was Muriel Quinsac with net 70.

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