Geoff Nunney Cup R 2 of 6 (best 4 of 6)
16th Oct 2019
1st Mike Williams (19) 42 points (£20)
2nd Clive Instan (15) 40 points (£15)
3rd John Tennant (24) 36 points (£10)
4th Tony Solomon (18) 35 points (£5)
Round 2 of the 6 Round Geoff Nunney Cup was contested on very pleasant Autumnal morning that threatened rain early-on, which never materialised. Instead, Ravenmeadow Golf Centre was blessed with a cheerfully warm, occasionally sunny and pretty placid few hours. Although the wetter conditions underfoot following the recent ‘storms’ in the area caused their own inherent problems which made heavy scoring generally unattainable, the competition provided a fascinating morning’s competitive golf which resulted in an impressive win for nineteen handicapper Mike Williams. With birdies on the second and fifth holes plus a modest four pars, Williams tally of 42 points put him in an unassailable position from a very early stage in proceedings. Eventually winning by 2 clear points Williams seemed to handle the conditions of the day very well indeed; just three double bogies went on the Williams’ card and following a great 23 points on the front nine he went on to finish effortlessly albeit with a slightly lesser 19 points coming in. Williams’ handicap was reduced following his win and he will take to the tees next time playing off seventeen. Clive Instan, playing off fifteen, pushed hard all the way but came up just short to take second place with a well crafted 40 points which also earned him a handicap reduction, down to fourteen. Instan’s card included nine pars and just two double bogies to take some of the shine off. A very tidy front nine 21 points was followed by a hard-fought 19 points but those few minor errors/lapses proved somewhat painful and decisive. Twenty-four handicapper John Tennant brought home a third place winning 36 points and was just the third and final player to post a score equivalent to net par or better for the course. Getting off to a shaky start and never really getting to grips with the front nine holes, Tennant had accrued just 15 points as he walked on to the tenth. Better fortunes befell Tennant after the turn when he started to find a few holes in regulation with three pars going into his ‘pot’ and eventually adding another 21 points to his tally. Tennant’s back nine holes proved more than sufficient to get him well into the mix for podium places and earned him his third place finish. Eighteen handicapper Tony Solomon clawed his way onto the last step of the podium after he looked to have lost out on a podium finish right at the death. A late disqualification provided Solomon with a free pass into the winner’s enclosure which he will only be too happy to take. Solomon started well and had carded 20 points as he reached the halfway point; a birdie on the second and two pars didn’t really do his play justice but it was two double bogies, on the sixth and seventh, which marred his outward run and held him back. Unfortunately Solomon’s form dipped a tad on the way in and he had only added another 15 points by the time he walked to the ‘big house’.