Geoff Edge Seniors Pairs
15th Oct 2019
1st Tony Solomon (18) & Andy Wood (20) 35 (£32.40 = £16.20 each)
2nd Ron Law (15) & Alvin Patten (15) 37 (£21.60 = £10.80 each)
3rd John Hine (19) & Phil Godwin (22) 37
4th Geoff Jones (19) & Brian Price (13) 37
This was the second running of this unusual Competition; randomly drawn pairs played together, the first drawn player played Strokeplay and the second drawn player played Stableford, with the Stableford score deducted from the net Strokeplay score to give each pair their final score, the lowest score taking the Trophy (a Medal-ford for want of a more accurately descriptive format!!). As there were effectively two scoring formats running co-incidentally (plus the Competition sponsor specifically requested) the competition had to be a non-qualifier and therefore more of a ‘fun’ event. As with the inaugural, 2018, event the format raised a few eye-brows and questions but once explained the day went off without any major hitch. Although the ground conditions were soft following plenty of recent bad weather, the course held up pretty well and the greens, in particular, played very well. For the players though it was a different matter; some got to grips with the game and the conditions spectacularly well whilst others found things altogether more taxing and fell by the wayside. Top of the pile, once all the cards were in (scrutinised and deductions made), though was the pairing of eighteen handicapper Tony Solomon and twenty Handicapper Andy Wood having combine to score an excellent 35 Medal-ford ‘points’. Solomon was the strokeplay partner and carded net 73 with Wood then deducting his 38 stableford points to give the dynamic duo their winning score. Both players appear to like this unusual format; Solomon was part of the winning pair in 2018 and Wood was one half of the Runner-up pair! That aside, Solomon did well to recover from a very forgettable start to his round and went on to card four pars. A uninspiring front nine required some hard work to get back into the mix but Solomon found his form again after the turn to return a decent score. Wood suffered very similar trials and tribulations with an up-turn in form after the turn and eventually managed to card four pars and two birdies, on the fifteenth and eighteenth; a very good back nine getting the pair over the winning line with room to spare. Three pairs then finished tied on 37 Medal-ford ‘points’ with countback over the back nine holes, adopting the same calculation principles, finally favouring Ron Law and Alvin Patten after they carded 12 ‘points’ coming in. With both players playing off fifteen neither had very much room to manoeuvre but as a ‘team’ they managed to play well enough to take second place. With just three pars on his card and struggling with form, Law posted a disappointing net 79. Patten however came to the rescue with an excellent 42 stableford points to put them in the mix for podium places and it was his flat-stick that did all the hard work as Patten couldn’t seem to miss the holes once on the greens. Three pars on the front nine put Patten in a fairly strong position but he sealed the deal when he added three more pars on the back nine and managed to birdie the tenth, sixteenth and eighteenth, finally carding an astonishingly impressive 25 points coming in and actually playing to level gross on the back nine. John Hine and Phil Godwin lost out in the card play-off when their back nine 14 ‘points’ failed to match Law and Patten’s great return. Nineteen handicapper Hine carded net 70 thanks, in the main, to a very tasty haul of eight pars. Too many shots were left out on the course though and they proved expensive to the Hine/Godwin cause. Godwin, playing off twenty-two, brought in 33 stableford points giving the pair their tied 37 ‘points’; with just two pars on his card, both on the back nine, Godwin needed a few more conversions from somewhere and definitely could have done without a couple of wayward mid-round, triple bogies or worse. Nineteen handicapper Geoff Jones and thirteen handicapper Brian Price had to be content with fourth place as their back nine 16 ‘points’ fell short of their two tied opponents. Jones could only manage to card two pars in his strokeplay round but he will look back at holes six and seven, where he carded and triple bogey and a double respectively, and know he could have done better. Price brought in a decent 37 stableford points thanks mainly to a six par haul and a birdie on the eighteenth but he two struggled on the same two holes as his partner and their fate was sealed. Whatever players actually thought about this mixed format pairs competition, it certainly made for an eventful hour or so in the Clubhouse as the cards were returned and golfing stories told.