Olive Hodgetts Cup
14th Sep 2019
1st Collis Fisher (23) net 61 (£42)
1st Clive Instan (16) net 64 (£31)
3rd Phil Lane (16) net 64 (£21)
4th Luke Gibbs (19) net 64 (£10)
I have heard is spoken that, “...the older, high handicap player won’t benefit from buying new clubs...!!” – Well, ask twenty-three handicapper Collis Fisher if that’s an accurate statement!! He had recently invested a few of his hard earned pennies on shiny new clubs and he has since found a new winning streak with some of his old game returning to him and his handicap has slowly come down accordingly. In the Olive Hodgetts Memorial Cup the diminutive and battling Fisher posted a remarkable net 61 very early on and held the leaderboard top-spot for the rest of the day. With fifty-eight players having gone out on the course, it was going to be a long wait but nobody could touch the mighty Fisher’s score and he walked out of the Clubhouse with a confident stride. And, as this competition was also the fourth of five eclectic rounds that make up the Presidents Claret Jug, Fisher had posted a few more decent holes onto his grid. Five pars went on Fisher’s card and with his shots-in-hand he could afford a few wayward excursions along the way but he only actually posted two double bogies and nothing worse. Following his great win, Fisher’s handicap was reduced down to twenty-one. Clive Instan, playing off sixteen, knew as soon as he came into the Clubhouse that his net 64 wasn’t good enough today but, having navigated his way around the course and returned his best score since a long lay-off following injury and knee surgery, he was still ebullient and ‘chuffed’ with his round and happy (maybe!) to concede to Fisher’s dominance. With seven pars and eleven bogies, Instan’s card looked pretty good but, as it turned out latterly, he still had to call on the countback procedure to finally get that second place finish. His net 64 was matched by two later players but luckily Instan’s last nine holes with net 31 got him into a reduced two-way tie and then his net 22 over the last six holes earned the higher place finish. Instan’s playing handicap was reduced following his round and he will play off fifteen next time out. Sixteen handicapper Phil Lane once again played himself on the podium, finishing in third place having lost out to Instan due to his net 23 on the final six holes. Although Lane had carded an excellent nine pars he also came to relative grief on two holes when he carded costly double bogies. Luke Gibbs, playing off nineteen, could only claim fourth place after he also posted net 64 but the card play-off then found against him due to his net 32 on the back nine. Gibbs found eight holes in regulation but he too left a few shots out there when he started badly with a triple bogey on the first and then also carded two more doubles.
In the 2's competition, 48 entered with eleven 2's carded as follows :Ade Day, Geoff Jones, Ozzy Symonds and Barry Warner on the 3rd, Kevin Hill, Pat O'Mahony and Tom Gregory on the fifth, John Griffiths, Pat O'Mahony and Chris Frohlich on the 10th and Chris Frohlich again on the 18th - each 2 earns the player £8.73.