4 Ball Better Ball
29th Jan 2020
1st Stephen Griffiths (13) & John Griffiths (8) net 62 (£14.10 each)
2nd Stephen Baylis (5) & Jamie Newton (9) net 64 (£9.40 each)
3rd Jared Langham (14) & Malcolm Dainty (14) net 65
4th Ed Nicklin (11) & Roy Turner (16) net 66
It wasn’t a bad day at all out there for the 4 Ball Better Ball although the sticky going was still tough with ball carry being at a premium. Initially it looked like the conditions were going to play a major role with low scoring being something of a rarity but as the cards came in it soon became apparent that we had a real battle on with leading scores being bettered time and again. As a pairs competition each player received 90% of his/her handicap and many felt that perhaps a modest net 65 would be more than good enough to take victory; close but guess again!! Certainly the earlier returns suggested that net 68 could well be good enough to win the day but opinions soon changed as, surprisingly, the leading score continued to be beaten. The trend continued right up until the final groups came in and the father and son pairing of Stephen Griffiths and John Griffiths brought in their superb net 62 to stun and disappoint the then leaderboard front-runners who had looked pretty secure for quite a while. Griffiths Snr. & Griffiths Jnr. were playing off thirteen and eight respectively and each was quick to heap praise on the other for some great play; a close look at the scorecard showed that both played their part and should earn the plaudits pretty-much equally! Maybe Snr. downed a few more beauts but Jnr. came in exactly when required. Fourteen pars went on the Griffiths’ card which set them up nicely but by keeping big scores out of the mix, with nothing worse than bogies elsewhere, the dynamic family duo brought in a very smart, very tidy looking card and took the win by 2 clear shots. Playing off five and nine respectively, Stephen Baylis & Jamie Newton just happened to be out in the same group as the Griffiths and they too played superbly to post a second place worthy net 64. Birdies on the second, thirteenth, seventeenth and eighteenth together with eight pars probably deserved a bigger reward but unfortunately they also erred with four bogies and let things get away from them with two disruptive and costly double bogies. The currently in-form Jared Langham teamed up with Malcolm Dainty and the pair posted net 65 to clinch third place overall. Having topped the leaderboard for some time team Langham/Dainty looked to have the win in the bag only to see their score beaten not once but twice, right at the death; a tough watch!! Both players were playing off fourteen and between them they carded ten pars, six bogies and two double bogies. A couple of birdies would have been helpful but that didn’t happen and a few less missed chances would also have been beneficial but it was not their day and although third place will probably feel disappointing after having looked so secure for so long, this was a decent enough card given the conditions. Ed Nicklin, off eleven, and Roy Turner, off sixteen, brought in net 66 to secure fourth place. Six pars, eleven bogies and just one double bogie left Nicklin & Turner chasing the pack when another couple of conversions could have painted a whole different picture.