Winter League (9 Holes) Rnd 3 of 3 (best 2 of 3)
11th Mar 2020
1st Elaine Barry (37) 12 points (£5)
2nd Gerry McLean (27) 10 points (£4)
3rd Sue Price (28) 8 points (£3)
4th Sue Cowen (33) 8 points (£1)
I would think R&PPGC’s Ladies will be well pleased to have seen the back of their (mini) 3 Round Winter League; brought back into the schedule this season and played over the front nine holes with the best 2 of 3 scores counting towards the final tally, it could all have so much easier had it not been for our terrible Winter and the resultant conditions. Our (pretty hardy) Ladies weren’t all that keen or happy to go out for even 9 holes today and those that did found it really tough but all got round to post a score! And, those score had an impact! Playing off thirty-seven, Elaine Barry brought in 12 points to win the day (with more good news still to come!); a slightly erratic looking card contained four no-scores but Barry kicked off her round with 2 net pars which put 4 points into her bag from the off. She then went on to par the third to earn another 4 very useful points before grabbing herself another 3 great points on the fifth. Her modest points tally as she walked in may not have made for great headlines but, given the difficulty on the day, hers was a well navigated round which no-one else could get close to. Gerry McLean, playing off twenty-seven, carded 10 points but had done more than enough to take second place; a fantastic birdie on the troublesome sixth boosted McLean’s score just at the right time as two no-scores had already gone on her card. Another no-score before the close left her well short of the winner and having to be content with second place. Twenty-eight handicapper Sue Price posted 8 points and finished tied and reliant on some automated number-crunching to come to her aid. A poor start left Price with a lot to do but six points over the last six holes, with a great 3 pointer on the eighth, secured third place for Price, on countback, who had a bit of a ‘mare’ out there (like a few others though it has to be said). Sue Cowen lost out to Price in the card play-off when her 4 points on the last six holes fell short of requirements. Cowen, playing off thirty-three, started well with a three-pointer but unfortunately went on to card too many zeros, four in total, which saw her challenge slowly dwindle and finally fizzle out altogether leaving her only able to claim fourth place.