George Knight Memorial R2 of 2
17th Aug 2019
1st Ade Day (7) net 62 (Div. 1 winner £30)
2nd Shaun O’Mahony (19) net 63 (Div. 2 winner £30)
3rd Mark Tyrrell (16) net 63 (£17)
4th Jamie Newton (10) net 65 (£8)
Following several days of inclement weather, Round 2 of the George Knight Memorial Trophy was played out on a generally warm and sunny morning although some of the earlier starters did get a light sprinkling of wet-stuff as they went out. Swirling winds did their best to put off the players but despite that there were some very decent scores returned. Top-of-the-tree was seven handicapper Ade Day who put together a second round charge which got him over the winning line and also improved his chances of overall victory. Day brought in a fine looking net 62 to earn the first plaudits on the day; birdies on the fourteen and eighteenth, fourteen pars and just two bogies made for a great looking card and saw him come in a full two shots ahead of his closest rival. Day also earned himself a small handicap reduction and will play off six next time out. It was great to see one of the Club’s newer Members, Shaun O’Mahony, play his way onto the winners podium and make waves around the more established regulars. Playing off nineteen O’Mahony put together a very neat round and carded a birdie on the tenth and six pars (five of those over the final six holes). Eventually finishing tied with his net 63 O’Mahony was awarded the higher place when countback came to his rescue thanks to his excellent net 28 on the back nine. With his higher handicap (compared to those around him) O’Mahony could allow himself just a couple of lapses and his one double bogey and one triple didn’t do too much harm but, of course, without those he could easily have seriously challenged the eventual winner. But, second place was still quite an achievement for the new-comer and he certainly put the frighteners on the other front-runners. O’Mahony saw his handicap reduced following his great round and he will have to play off sixteen when he next takes to the tees. Mark Tyrrell, playing off his away handicap of sixteen, posted his tied net 63 early on and sat as top-man on the leaderboard for quite some time. Unfortunately for Tyrrell he latterly lost out to O’Mahony on countback (Tyrrell’s net 32 on the back nine coming up well short!) and then then to the rampant Day. Tyrrell’s card contained a birdie on the second and nine pars but three double bogies left him in the mix for lower places rather than overall leader. Taking fourth place was Round 1 leader Jamie Newton who played another great round of golf and posted a strong net 65. Birdies on the tough twelfth and then the somewhat easier eighteenth plus nine pars were hampered by too many bogies and a double bogey on the sixth which contrived to leave Newton on tenterhooks for a couple of hours as his overall, 2 Round, score was still vulnerable to attack from some of the later starters and first round also-rans. Forty-seven players took to the tees in this competition with sixteen managing to return net par or better for the course. Inspection of the returned cards clearly showed that the sixth hole was more than a match for a high percentage of the players today; there were some horrendous scores posted on the par 5 today as handicappers of all abilities fell foul time and again thoughout the day.
In the 2's competition 39 players backed themselves with 7 players successfully recording a 2 as follows : Ade Day on the 14th, Richard Palfrey on the 5th, Shaun O’Mahony on the 10th, Paul Lovegrove on the 14th, Barrie Hope on the 18th, Colin Matthews on the 10th and Joe Jackson on the 16th with each receiving £11.14.