18th Sep 2019
1st Clive Brown (22) net 63 (£22)
1st Geoff Jones (20) net 63 (£17)
3rd Tony Walker (17) net 65 (£11)
4th Stephen Baylis (6) net 65 (£6)
There was another tight finish at Ravenmeadow Golf Centre when twenty-two handicapper Clive Brown and twenty handicapper Geoff Jones finished tied on net 63 in the Medal competition. With such great scores it was a shame that there had to be an overall winner but the countback procedure automatically kicked-in to separate Brown and Jones; having carded an excellent net 28 on the back nine the card play-off favoured Brown and the Medal was his by right. Although Brown’s first eight holes were nothing really special with five bogies, two double bogies and a triple, his ‘A’ game kicked-in out of nowhere on the ninth where he carded a very useful and timely birdie before going on to put together that great back nine; another birdie on the tenth, three pars, four bogies and just one more double bogey finished off a very well navigated round which put Brown at the top of the leaderboard for the entire duration. His excellent winning round meant a handicap reduction was due and Brown will be going out next time playing off twenty-one. The back-to-form Geoff Jones continued to impress and was unlucky to come up against, and lock horns with, a bullish Clive Brown only to lose out in the card play-off due to his tasty but not tasty enough back nine net 32. Jones’ net 63 comprised five pars, twelve bogies and just one (costly as it turned out) double bogey, on the twelfth. Another handicap reduction followed for Jones and he will be playing off nineteen next time out. Tony Walker, off seventeen, posted net 65 and found himself languishing behind the front-runners and still reliant on countback after his score was matched by Stephen Baylis. Having carded net 33 on the back nine Walker took third place as Baylis could only claim net 34 over the same distance. Walker’s card included eight pars and seven bogies but three double bogies were hurtful and damaging to his cause and left him as a chaser rather than a leader and still on shared ground with Baylis. Walker also earned a small handicap reduction and will take to the tees next time playing off sixteen. Six handicapper Stephen Baylis posted a great looking card but with having to concede so many shots to the other podium finishers he found himself slipping back down to fourth place and reeling from the pain that his five bogies had inflicted. Birdies on the first, ninth and seventeenth plus ten pars would have looked healthy enough to Baylis on a course that looked difficult to play but those minor bogey lapses, particularly those on the fourteenth and sixteenth, proved annoyingly detrimental to his cause. A handicap reduction then followed for Baylis and he found himself dropping down to five!