Pat Layen with 41 points wins the Freddie Jones Foundation Cup on beautiful day hosted by our Captain Mr Jerry Watkiss.
Sixteen players turned out for Captain’s Day on a lovely Summer afternoon on a course in perfect condition. To make things even better James Gallifant very generously bought everyone a well earned drink at the end of play to celebrate his 70th Birthday – thank you James.
With the Freddie Jones Trophy up for grabs the players knuckled down and scored well – the average stableford score for the day was a tad under 33 on a long and tricky course with some thick rough to contend with if you missed the fairways. Some exceptionally good scoring is reflected in the table below :-
Winner Nearest the Pin Handicaps 0-19 (Hole 12th): Mark Hughes – with a fine blow to within 12 inchs but unfortunately missed the putt!
Winner Nearest the Pin Handicaps 20+ (Hole 10th): Peter Cudmore with a nice well placed shot over the front bunker that attracted so many balls on the day
Winner Nearest the Pin in two (par 4) Handicaps 0-19 (Hole 17th): Carl Valentine – excellent two shots to within 12 ft
Winner Nearest the Pin in two (par 4) Handicaps 20+ (Hole 4th): James Gallifant – A great drive followed by a shot that was initial short but bounced on the green leaving a 9 ft putt
Team Stableford Competition
The team stableford saw the pressure build as the best stableford score from the team of four counted on holes 1-4 – then the two best stableford from 4 on holes 5-9, followed by the best three stableford scores from 4 on holes 10 to 13 and finally all players scores counting on the final 5 holes, A very tight and fun competition with the following result:-
|Winners||Mark Hughes, Pat Layen, Tom Bennett & Tim Gorringe||104|
|Second||Chris Buck, Alan Bond, David Howroyd & Peter Cudmore||98|
|Third||Jerry Watkiss, Carl Valentine, Micky Mann & James Gallifant||97|
|Fourth||Ken Wapling, Brian Day, Brian Cheesmur, Paul Hillman||96|
A big thank you goes to Jerry Watkiss for some fantastic prizes and for setting us up with a great day at his home course – very enjoyable. Happy birthday to James Gallifant and a thank you James for the drinks – much appreciated. Also as always a thank you to David Howroyd for organising the day and to Chris Buck for his help producing the cards for the day.
“Knob” of the day was also a hard fought contest with Micky Mann taking the lead when realising halfway down the first he still had his normal shoes on and had not changed in to his golfing pair !! However, this was topped by Carl Valentine who hit a good drive on the 18th leaving himself 240+ yards to the par 5 green. He hit what Micky, Jerry, and James thought was a nice shot but he was not happy berating the shot for the whole walk towards the green telling us how awful it was. At the green we saw his ball was a whole five feet from the flag with an eagle a possibility – “what a plumb” was the phrased used by his partners – he made birdie!!
Player of Year Trophy. A number of players have played 4 rounds or more. The current standings with a long way to go are:
|Player||Best 4 round average|
Our next meeting is at Cooden Beach on the 21st July a firm favourite with the MGS membership. The normal details will follow in due course but please book it in your diaries.