25th Jan 2020
1st Jared Langham (17) 41 points (£25)
2nd Barry Warner (17) 38 points (£19)
3rd Stephen Baylis (6) 38 points (£13)
4th Dave Bradley (17) 37 points (£6)
There’s always one isn’t there!? Just when everyone thought that it was all over, in comes seventeen handicapper Jared Langham to stake a huge claim on the weekend Medal; it was just four or five weeks ago that Langham was telling us that he wanted to get his handicap down this year – well, Mr.Langham, a couple of rounds like today’s will certainly get that job done!! Going out playing off seventeen, Langham blew the field away when he returned a brilliant 41 points to take the win, pick up the Medal and get his handicap on the downward move as promised. Langham’s great points tally today earned him a small but significant handicap reduction, down to sixteen; not a massive cut maybe but, true to his word, a cut under less than ideal conditions. Langham’s card included ten pars, two double bogies and one no-score; the latter looked totally out of place and marred what could’ve been a remarkable front nine; as it was, Langham scored 22 points going out (even with that ‘sticking out like a sore thumb’ ‘blob’!!). Although he couldn’t carry his great form onto the back nine Langham still managed to add another 19 points coming in despite having those two unfortunate double bogies. Barry Warner. Playing off seventeen, brought in a tied 38 points but took second place when countback found in his favour thanks to having carded an excellent 22 points on the back nine. Having amassed a modest 16 points before the turn, Bradley found his ‘A’ game on the way in and added those excellent tie-breaking points to secure him the runner-up slot; nine pars went on Warner’s card but so did four double bogies and a triple, on the fourth hole, otherwise he could easily have challenged Langham for the win. Perhaps it would’ve been a big ask to better his inward score but he certainly left a few shots and valuable points out there on the front nine. Bradley also earned himself a small handicap reduction and will play off sixteen next time out. Finishing tied with Warner, six handicapper Stephen Baylis lost out in the card play-off when his inward 20 points failed to get him over the line. With a birdie on the eighteenth, twelve pars and nothing worse than bogies elsewhere Balyis probably thought he’d done more than enough to grab the win but he hadn’t allowed for some stunning play and great scores by his closest contemporaries. As if to rub some proverbial salt into Baylis’ wounds, he also earned himself a small handicap reduction which brought him down to five. Dave Bradley, off seventeen, also finished in a tie on 37 points but took the fourth and final podium place with his 14 points over the last six holes. Eight pars went on Bradley’s card but so did four double bogies. Failure to score on the eighth hole only made matters worse for Bradley and even an improved performance on the way in couldn’t get him back into contention for the higher places. Duncan Fredericks lost out to Bradley in the card play-off; his 13 points on the last six holes coming up just short.
31 Players entered the 2's competition with just 2 players managing to achieve their objective; Ade Day on the 10th and Duncan Fredericks on the 16th - each receives £31.