Stuart Bourne retains Strokeplay Shield and Rod Lunn takes the Stableford Shield on a day that saw four seasons of weather in one round

We had 23 players across the two competitions which included a warm welcome to Mark Saville as a guest of the society. The average stableford score for this event as a whole was 31.22.  The course as always was in good condition and very enjoyable to play. 

Stroke Play Result

The strokeplay shield competition was again a fiercely fought and felt to be an open competition this year with the bookies struggling to pick a favorite.  After winning this shield last year Stuart Bourne again played well seeing off Mark Hughes by just one shot to retain the trophy for a second year.  The result was as follows:-

Place Player Score
Winner Stuart Bourne Nett 71 (Level)
Second Mark Hughes Nett 72 (+1)
Third Alan Bigley Nett 70 (+3)

Stableford Result

In this competition the bookies had Micky Mann down as one of the favourites after his triumph on the recent MGS Golf Tour de France.  However, a fine display of golf from Rod Lunn ensured that would not be the case winning by 5 clear points from his nearest rival.  Well played Rod. The result was:-

Place Player Score
Winner Rod Lunn 43
Second Micky Mann 38
Third Kevin Leftley 37 (B9CB 19)
Fourth James Gallifant 37 (B9CB 18)

Team Competition Result

With Rod playing so well it was down to his team mates to chip and ensure a team victory was also achieved.  This they did with aplomb.  The result was:-

Place Player Score
Winners Rod Lunn, Keith Townsend & James Gallifant 92
Second Micky Mann, Kevin Leftley & Peter Cudmore 85

Specialist Competitions

Nearest the PIN: Micky Mann with a shot to within 4ft of the flag – unfortunately missing the birdie but happy with a tap in par on this tricky green.

Micky Mann gets his hands on the Spring Tour Trophy from Captain Chris

Birdies

Five birdies were achieved on the day as follows: -

Player Hole  Score Yards & Stroke index
Kevin Leftley 2nd 4 on the par 5 518 yds SI 13
Rod Lunn 9th 2 on the par 3 169 yds SI 17
David Howroyd 9th 2 on the par 3 169 yds SI 17
Alan Bigley 10th 4 on the par5 477 yds SI 18
Micky Mann 17th 3 on the par 4 361 yds SI 14

So far this year we have had 1 Eagle, 29 Birdies, including 10 two’s which is some way down on 2023 where we had 1 Eagle, 44 Birdies & 12 two’s at this stage of the season.

Early Days for the Player of the Year competition with those who have played 4 times or more shown below.  This competition looks at the four best rounds for each player across the calendar year (so the more you play the better the choice).  The very early runners and riders are as follows:- 

Player App Best 4 av
LUNN, Rod 6 37.50
MONTAGU, Rob 5 37.50
BURNETT, Andrew 5 36.00
TAYLOR, Phil 5 35.25
HUGHES, Mark 5 35.00
LEFTLEY, Kevin 5 35.00
SMITH, Graham 5 34.75
TOWNSEND, Keith 6 34.50
GALLIFANT, James 5 33.50
BIGLEY, Alan 5 32.25
MANN, Michael  5 32.25
BOURNE, Stuart 6 31.75
WILLMOTT, Tony 6 31.25
CARROLL, Joe  4 31.25
HOWROYD, David  5 30.00
CUDMORE, Peter 4 28.50
PATERSON, Kelvin  4 28.00

The societies next event is Captains Day which is scheduled for THURSDAY the 18th July at Sweetwoods. A strong attendance would be great to support our society captains event so get the date in your diary.