RTB – September Stableford

The Hill course was the venue for the 73 competitors taking to the fairways to boost their position on the RTB Leaderboard with only a few events left to be played.

The 1st hole proved again to be the most difficult with only 10 players achieving a par or better. On the flip side the 12th was again the easiest with 63% of the field grabbing a par, birdie, or eagle. Speaking about the latter one player managed to secure an eagle on the 10th – no doubt it was 2 for 5 points!

In Division 2 scoring was a bit subdued compared to what has been seen recently. Our noble friend ‘Count’ Back had to be brought in again to decide the top 3 places. In third was Scott Grear-Hardy with 35 points squeezing out similar scores by Jamie Black and Harry Bradfield. The top 2 positions were taken by Adam Sims and Chris Langton who both scored a very fine 36 points. However it was the man with all the moves (he should be on Strictly) Chris that took top spot on countback – well done Chris.

Over in Division 2 it was a similar story on the scoring front with solid 35 pointers from Darren Reeve and S Mason taking 3rd and second spots respectively. Out in front and showing everyone a clean pair of heels was Mark Staz with an excellent 41 points who also wins the Overall Stableford. Congratulations Mark.

Much the same as the Fedex Cup (without the prize money) eyes now turn to the next event on the RTB Calendar set for the 4th October

Men – September Golden Ball Challenge

13 teams of 4 players signed up for the latest instalment of the Golden Ball Challenge where whoever has the Golden Ball has their stableford score doubled. So that ’3 pointer’ on a stroke hole soon becomes worth 6 points! 

Clearly retaining the Golden Ball for the duration of 18 holes is a priority and therefore placed additional pressure on the player who had it as well as his playing partners who were more observant than normal as to where the ball ended up. Where it had disappeared into the undergrowth I don’t think I  have never witnessed such organised and vigorous searching for a golf ball in all the years I have played golf.

With 3 out of 4 players’ scores to count the expectation was for some large totals and so it proved to be with some 50 points difference between the worst and best teams.

In third place with a score of 139 points and taking home an Under Armour cap and  golf balls was the team of:

Nigel Render, Peter Hall, Andy Stebbings, and Paul Greaves

Securing the runner-up spot with a score of 143 points earning a   Catmandoo jumper each was the team of:

Stu Black, Jamie, Black, Dan Jones, and Andrew Tuna

With an incredible score of 150 (with 83 points on the back 9!) and winning a Puma shirt each was the winning team of:

Jack Davies, John Mitchell, Andy Yeaman, and Mark Blackburn

Nearest the Pin prizes were taked by Gerry Neatham, Mark Davis, Andrew Tuna, and Andy Yeaman.

The Putting Competition was won by Stu Black

Congratulations to all the winners and a big thank you from me to everyone that took part.


RTB September Medal

Conditions were set fair for the Valley Course as 63 competitors took to the fairways to do battle for this month’s medal.

There is always much discussion about how appropriate a stroke index is for a certain hole. On this is occasion the 15th (SI 18) was in fact the easiest hole and the 3rd (SI 1) was the hardest with the average score at nearly 2 over par. In fact the 8 of the holes with a SI of between 1 and  9 were indeed the hardest on the day – the 17th was the only one to buck the trend.

Over to the scores. In Division 2 a net 74 saw Stephen Lane secure third spot with Ilhwan Park taking the runner-up position with a net 71. However, it was Bill Banks-Jones with an excellent net 66 that took the winning prize. Well played Bill!

Division 1 saw some low scoring by a number of players. Andy Stothard, Anthony Gravestock, Nigel Render, and Andy Tuna all scored excellent net 68s but after countback it was Nigel that took third and Andy Tuna the runner-up spot. Out in front though, with a superb net 65, was Harry Bradfield who wins the Division and also the overall Medal. Congratulations Harry!