Geoff Nunney Cup R 4 of 6 (best 4 of 6)
4th Dec 2019
1st Tony Cooper (20) 37 points (£13)
2nd Mick Huggins (17) 36 points (£10)
3rd Dave Phillips (12) 34 points (£6)
4th Andy Turner (19) 33 points (£3)
As Ravenmeadow & Perdiswell Park moved inexorably into the latter stages of the 6 leg Geoff Nunney Cup, with the best 4 of 6 rounds counting towards a players overall points tally, there was still much to play for with plenty of scope for league status changes along the way. The 4th round outing saw twenty handicapper Tony Cooper making a sly move up the order after he returned a winning 37 points. Five pars together with his twenty handicap allowed Cooper to have a few ‘duffs’ in his round without causing too many problems on the day but four double bogies and two triples, on holes seven and eighteen, may yet prove costly as the later rounds unfold. Cooper’s only marginally under-par (scoring not ability) round still earned him a small but nonetheless significant handicap reduction which means he will play off nineteen when he next takes to the tees in competitive earnest. Mick Huggins, who seems to have re-found his competitive mojo recently, had already posted a respectable and early leaderboard topping 36 points but that didn’t survive the, then chasing, Cooper onslaught and the seventeen handicapper had to accept second place at the close of play. Huggins carded four pars in his round but also erred with three double bogies. Where Cooper’s round was consistent across the nines, Huggins let form slip on the way in and paid the price. Dave Phillips, playing off twelve, posted yet another podium-worthy score to take third place; 34 points, although not spectacular in itself, was still good enough to get the job done as far as claiming a tier on the four-flight steps of fame was concerned. Phillips birdied the ninth and carded five pars but he too slipped up all to frequently and also posted three expensive double bogies. Nineteen handicapper Andy Turner found himself sliding down the order a couple of times and was disappointed to only be able to claim a fourth place finish once the button was pressed to close proceedings. Turner’s six par haul didn’t hold up too well when five double bogies, a triple on the seasonally tough fourth hole and a no-score on the seventh also had to get pencilled-in in their respective ‘little boxes’ on his card. With two more rounds to play there are still several players more than capable of taking the overall win and a few more who could easily make things awkward for the front-runners.