Jerry Watkiss with a nett 2 over par wins the Society Strokeplay Championship; Ken Wapling edges out Chris Buck on count-back with 37 points to win the Society Stableford Shield
A good turnout of 17 on what was a lovely summers day enjoyed “The Darenth” which is a relatively short but tight in places course. The average stableford score of 30.59 reflected a tough day for most in terms of putting a good consistent score together – a number of us probably did not give the course the full respect it deserved in what was benign and helpful conditions. The weather was very hot at times with a few of us wilting around the edges by the end. The course itself was in excellent condition and a new one for many of the society but one we should definitely return to in the future.
It was also good to have a socially distanced pint after the round and an informal prize giving with vice-captain Mark announcing the winners as follows:
Society Strokeplay Championship
Open to those society members with a handicap of 19 or less saw Jerry Watkiss tame the course better than most winning by a comfortable margin. The result was as follows: -
|Winner||Jerry Watkiss (gross 91/ nett 74)||+2|
|Second||Micky Mann (gross 92/ nett 77)||+5|
|Third||Mark Hughes (gross 95/ nett 78)||+6|
Society Stableford Shield
Open to those society members with a handicap of 20 or above saw Ken Wapling on his first outing of 2020 pickimg-up the honours. The result was as follows: -
|Winner||Ken Wapling||37 (B9CB 19)|
|Second||Chris Buck||37 (B9CB 17)|
No Nearest the Pin/ Rope or Longest Drive competitions held due to Covid 19 restrictions and need to handle markers – hopefully, we can find a safe way to reintroduce these for our next event!
The best two scores from the teams of three counted (adjusted for teams of four):-
|Winner||Chris Buck, Tony Coggill & David Howroyd||79|
|Second||Ken Wapling. Sandi Hoolahan & Tom Bennett||77|
|Third||Kelvin Paterson, Rob Montague, John Collingwood & Graham Meadows||74|
Anorak moment of the report is the day saw only 9 birdies including 2 two’s. This takes the seasons total to 24 (27 last year at the same point in the season).
|Micky Mann||2nd||3 on the par 4 (SI 9)|
|Graham Meadows||2nd||3 on the par 4 (SI 9)|
|Steve Smith||3rd||4 on the par 5 (SI 7)|
|Chris Buck||5th||2 on the par 3 (SI 13)|
|Tony Coggill||7th||2 on the par 3 (SI 17)|
|Ken Wapling||8th||4 on the par 5 (SI 15)|
|Chris Buck||8th||4 on the par 5 (SI 15)|
|Alan Bigley||12th||4 on the par 5 (SI 16)|
|Jerry Watkiss||16th||4 on the par 5 (SI 2)|
The next monthly meeting is Captains Day at Cooden Beach which is a real favourite course on the 21st August –– full details nearer the time. Hopefully we will attract 20+ players to support Captain James with the prestigious Freddie Jones Foundation Cup at stake – should be a fun event.