29th Jun 2019
1st Wayne Humphries (5) & Glenn Humphries (17) net 59 (£29.10 each)
2nd Adrian Tinker (13) & Julian Bateman (11) net 60 (£19.40 each)
3rd Tony Walker (14) & Mario Leo (21) net 61
4th Mark Keeling (9) & Len Keeling (17) net 61
The Met. Office promised great weather and that’s what we got when fifty-four players took to the tees on a nicely warm and calm Saturday morning to do battle for the Crowley Pairs Trophy in a 4 Ball Better Ball format with players playing off 90% of their current handicap. What started off pleasantly warm soon became almost unpleasantly hot with many players really feeling the heat (in more ways than one as it transpired!). With a few of the regular Saturday morning hot-shots off representing Ravenmeadow & Perdiswell Park in a Worcestershire Low Handicap League Match the starting grid was somewhat diminished but no less competitive with some more unlikely pairings attempting to take advantage of their absence. The course at Ravenmeadow Golf Centre was superbly presented and the hot air and hard fairways put the course in jeopardy as holes played shorter than of late thanks to all the extra ball carry and run-on the conditions facilitated. As far as the result was concerned, if I could even spell phenomenal (too late, I’ve done it!) I’d employ that adjective to best describe the card handed in by the winning Farther and Son pairing of Glenn, playing off seventeen today, and Wayne, off five, Humphries; the pair brought in a mighty looking net 59 thanks to birdies on the tenth, sixteenth and eighteenth plus twelve pars and just three unlikely-looking bogies. The Humphries didn’t get off to the best of starts though and carded their first bogey on the opening hole. Seemingly unworried but their early slip-up the family unit got right back on-track and pretty-much romped home for the win. Actually, ‘romped’ doesn’t really do justice to their closest rivals, Ade Tinker and Julian Bateman, who played off thirteen and eleven respectively, because they posted a fantastic net 60 themselves to finish (disappointingly) second. The confident looking pair perhaps thought they’d done more than enough to take the title as they entered the Big House but their smiles soon changed to bemused grimaces when they realised they had been well and truly pipped at the post. And, who wouldn’t feel confident when walking in with sixteen pars on their card? However, failure to convert any of those pars plus two minor bogey errors proved very costly and, as much as Tinker & Bateman didn’t want to admit defeat, they’d simply failed to match or better the Humphries’ excellent round. Playing off fourteen and twenty-one respectively, Tony Walker and Mario Leo took third place after finishing with a tied net 61; countback found in their favour thanks to net 30 on the inward nine holes and the third step of the podium was theirs. Walker and Leo also struggled to get away well and dropped shots early on but with birdies coming on the sixth and eleventh, a reasonable haul of seven pars plus a few useful shots-in-hand they managed to stake a claim for a podium place. A poor eighteenth hole with a triple bogey nearly took them out of the equation but they’d done just enough to take the higher place but, if they had played holes one, two and eighteen better they could easily have been in the mix for top-spot. Another Farther and Son pairing finished in fourth place; Len and Mark Keeling, playing off nine and seventeen respectively, just lost out on a higher podium place when their net 31 on the way in came up short in the countback procedure. Birdies on holes two, three, six, eleven and fifteen looked great on the card but a relatively meagre haul of just three pars turned out to be their real undoing but nine bogies and one double played a major role in their unsuccessful chase for glory.
46 Players entered the 2's competition with 6 players recording 2's and sharing the proceeds, receiving £15.33 each : Rob Brookes on 1st, Wayne Humphries on 16th, Steve Kupfer & Glenn Humphries on 10th, Andy Wood & Mark Keeling on 3rd.