Autumn Crystal (18 Holes)
16th Oct 2019
1st Gerry McLean (27) 28 points (£5)
2nd Jane Rowland (22) 27 points (£3)
3rd Sue Cowen (32) 27 points (£2)
4th Val Williams (37) 20 points (£1)
The Ravenmeadow & Perdiswell Park Ladies found the going very tough today and the scoring very-much reflected their dismay and only added to their uncomfortable trek over the rain-softened terrain. Fighting it out for the Autumn Crystal over 18 (apparently) gruelling holes our intrepid stalwart Ladies were more than happy to take a comfortable and relaxing seat in the Clubhouse following proceedings and their encounter with the most unfavourable condition thus far this Autumn season. Twenty-seven handicapper Gerry McLean brought home a winning 28 points and was shocked to have won with such a lowly score. Three pars went on the McLean card but our Ladies’ overall plight was somewhat summed up by McLean’s topsy-turvy round with far too many hurtful big numbers detracting from her better returns. Having carded a decent enough 16 points by the turn, McLean then hit the wind on the flatter half of the course and found the back nine holes much more challenging resulting in just another 12 points being added by the close of play. Disappointed with her score, McLean was surprised to see herself heading the leaderboard but it was by then apparent that the course had the upper hand in proceedings on the day. Coming up very close and personal with 27 points there was a two-way tie for second and third places which required countback to intervene; getting the card play-off ‘nod’ was twenty-two handicapper Jane Rowland who got the decision and runner-up slot thanks to her 13 points on the back nine holes. Rowland carded four pars in her round but she too found the back nine a ‘bigger ask’; with 14 points in the bag on the outward loop Rowland’s homeward run came up just short, eventually adding another 13 points to he tally. Having also brought home 27 points, thirty-two handicapper Sue Cowen’s back nine 12 points saw her lose out in the countback procedure and relegated down to third place. Two pars on the front nine saw her holding a hard-earned 15 points as she walked to the tenth hole. Cowen then faced the stronger winds on the back nine and her score coming in reflected her battle with nature; with just 12 more points added on the way in Cowen’s battle was run and she found herself usurped by Rowland once in the Clubhouse. Val Williams, normally unaffected by atmospherics, also found the going tough and she was only able to amass 20 points for her round which, she was surprised to learn, earned her the fourth and final podium step. Thirty-seven handicapper Williams, uncharacteristically, failed to find any holes in regulation or better and could only claim a lowly 9 points for her first nine holes. Unlike her fellow podium finishers, Williams managed to score better on the back nine where she scored another 11 points. Totally disgruntled with her own round, a despondent Williams was later amazed to learn she had done more than enough to get onto the podium.