22nd Jan 2020
Sorry about this but this competition had to be re-opened following a communication from Barry Sandel who notified the Committee of an incorrect score on his own scorecard. Once investigated and found to be the case Barry was DQ'd for '3.3(b) Score entered on card on a hole is lower than actual score.' This was a clear indication of the importance of checking scores between player and marker; an avoidable error that was highlighted by the player himself which is, in itself, a display of player integrity and honesty. Mistakes happen and consequences follow - thanks to Barry for his honesty in what was a genuine mistake.
So, the revised, and now correct results are :
1st Phil Lane (17) 38 points (£17)
2nd Pierino Zitola (10) 34 points (£12)
3rd Dave Phillips (12) 34 points (£8)
4th Mike Williams (18) (£4)
With all of the podium finishers playing in the second half of the random draw, today’s Medal was one which saw several changes on the Leaderboard before the event was finally settled when the final group eventually returned to the Clubhouse; seventeen handicapper Phil Lane posted a very splendid and ‘gong’ winning 38 points to put everyone else firmly in their place(s)! The canny Lane carded birdies on the ninth and eighteenth together with four very useful pars and managed to keep seriously damaging holes to a minimum with just one double bogey and two no scores in his workmanlike round. This was certainly not the most alluring round Lane had ever played but he definitely got the job done without too much trouble, eventually taking the win an impressive 3 points clear of his closest rival. A very strong front nine which earned Lane 20 points proved a strong platform and even though Lane couldn’t maintain his form on the way in he was still able to secure his win by adding another very decent 18 points on the back nine. Lane’s win earned him a handicap cut and he will play off sixteen when he next takes to the tees. Ten handicapper Pierino Zitola posted 34 points to finish tied and reliant on countback to award him his finishing place; having scored a tie-breaking 17 points on the back nine Zitola had played himself into second place overall. Birdies on the first and sixth plus five pars certainly helped Zitola over the line following a shaky front nine which saw him card a double bogey and two no-scores. Those two, front-nine birdies kept Zitola in with a chance but failure to convert often enough on the back nine meant he was always chasing rather than challenging. Tied twelve handicapper Dave Phillips lost out to Zitola when his 16 points on the way in failed to impress in the card play-off. Phillips birdied the fifth and sixth and parred five holes elsewhere but his round got off to a poor start when he double bogied the first two holes. Another double bogey and a triple, on the twelfth, did nothing to improve Phillips’ chances and he eventually did well to hold on to his place as challengers fell marginally short. Playing off eighteen, Mike Williams posted 33 points to take fourth place; just two pars, both on the front nine, went on Williams’ card but five mid-round double bogies caused some damage and put the brakes on his attack on the front-runners. Having amassed a decent 17 points before the turn Williams went on to add 16 more points by the close of play.