Captain Roger Human welcomed the 88 competitors that took the Valley Course for this year’s Captain’s Medal – an RTB Major.
The woolly hats that were out the previous weekend made way for the more customary summer attire of short sleeve shirts and shorts – let’s hope it lasts! The presentation of the course which has been excellent so far this year continues to impress – a big thank you to Brian and his green keeping team although I fear a few balls and maybe the odd player disappeared in the rough that continues to be a challenge to keep in check.
With a cup and double RTB points on offer who turned up with their game in prime condition to take the spoils? Over in Division Ilhwan Park continued his fine run of recent form taking 3rd place with a net 71. The runner-up spot was secured on count-back by Lloyd Douglas also with a net 71. Out in front though and winner of the Division with a fine net 68 was Paul Dunning – congratulations Paul.
In Division 1 a trio of net 69s battled it out for 2nd and 3rd places with Howard Barber being the unlucky one. Third spot was secured by Andrew Tuna who battled away to shoot a fine gross 74 for a net 69. The runner-up position was taken by one of our very own juniors Ollie Underhill-Smith also with a net 69. Before I get to the winner spare a thought for poor Josh Bartlett who had a bit of a Jordan Spieth moment on the back nine after being a superb 3 under par gross through 10 holes to then drop 8 shots over the closing holes – that is a tough one to take.
The winner though with a most excellent net 67 was ‘Black the Elder’ – Stu – who also takes the Captain’s Prize Trophy which will remain in the family now for another year as son Jamie won it in 2015. It really is ‘father like son’! Well done Stu! (I have a feeling that he may well be heading the RTB Order of Merit after this result – and we all know who won it last year…….)
On another note I know some of you have asked what has happened to the June Stableford. This was originally scheduled for June but a late change by the County to the date of their Myhill and Cullington fixtures meant that it had to be moved. Insufficient tee times were available in June to cater for number of competitors that we usually have so it had to be popped into July. Not great but at least it gives everyone time to crack on with their Knockout matches, play a bit of social golf, and maybe sharpen up their iron play because…….
….on July the 9th, the Captain’s Stableford is taking place which will have a cash prize of £5,000 for a hole in one on the 17th hole of the Hill Course. I am sure you will agree that this is a fantastic prize and a big thank you must go to the Hotel for making this possible.