14th Dec 2019
1st Dave Bradley (18) net 67 (£16)
2nd Simeon Chapman (13) net 68 (£12)
3rd Stephen Baylis (5) net 73 (£8)
4th Mark Keeling (10) net 74 (£4)
Another cold and damp Saturday and another Medal to be fought out amongst those brave enough to put themselves through the relative torture of the challenge on an unpleasant day, on a pretty difficult track. Having been drawn in the final group of the day, it was eighteen handicapper Dave Bradley who took the win with a very creditable net 67; a very decent score under the circumstances! This was another feather in the cap of Bradley and another late starter who squeezed himself over the winning line right at the death; Bradley carded eight pars in all, five of those on the back nine, but he also carded two double bogies and two triples which proved inconsequential as it transpired. Inconsequential maybe but those four relatively minor lapses meant that Bradley’s consequential handicap reduction was at least manageable and he will play off seventeen when he next takes on the field (and the conditions!). For whatever unfathomable reason Bradley seems able to get the best out of his game when playing in poor conditions; a fact not gone unnoticed by his regular crowd of golfing associates. Simeon Chapman had held the lead in the Clubhouse for a big chunk of the morning and just when his net 68 looked to have won the day, in came Bradley with his (just) better score to relegated Chapman down one place in the order. Playing off thirteen, Chapman parred just three holes in his round but also managed to card two round-rescuing birdies, on the tenth and eighteenth. With just one double bogey, on the sixth, to mar his decent looking card Chapman’s round was well-worthy of a high podium place and he will probably be kicking himself now for his one lapse as he had a much better inward score than winner Bradley. Chapman also incurred the wrath of the handicap axe and will play off twelve next time out. Five handicapper Stephen Baylis put together yet another well crafted round to bring home a third place winning net 73; maybe not Baylis’ finest round but, given the conditions, a fine knock with little to show for his tenacity and skill. Baylis birdied the ninth and eighteenth holes and carded seven pars but he too managed to err with a card spoiling triple on the twelfth which proved expensive. Ten handicapper Mark Keeling also seems to play well when conditions are poor and today he posted net 74 to grab himself the fourth and final step of the podium. Birdies on the second and eighteenth plus six pars took a bit of a hammering when Keeling also carded two double bogies, a triple and a ruinous quadruple. Scrutiny of the returned cards clearly showed how difficult the front nine holes played and with weather being quite changeable throughout the morning, with squally high winds, showers and even hail, players needed to quickly get to grips with the slightly more welcoming back nine loop. Most of the players got their ball round the entire course but there were a few that were forced to withdraw early on, or, played on but simply had a proverbial ‘mare’!
Of the 20 players who entered the 2's competition there were just two who benefited from their escapades ; Simeon Chapman with a 2 on the 10th and Stephen Griffiths with 2's on the 5th & 16th.