The only ‘Par’ competition in the golfing calendar took place on the Hill course at the weekend. This is the competition where entrants play against the par of each hole – if par is beaten it’s a win, equalled – a half, and if you score more than par – a loss.
Usually, if you win more holes than you lose or halve, you have a good chance of winning. So who out of the 66 competitors managed to take on ‘par’ and win?
With a fine score of 4up was Simon Jones and Steven Guy with the former edging it on count back too take 3rd spot. In the runner-up spot was Andrew Fish who after 16 holes was some 7 up but losses on the last 2 holes meant he finished with an excellent 5up. It has been 35 years since he last won this trophy (yes he is that old) and will have to wait another year before having another crack at it.
With a superb score of 6up, was our very own ‘Jim Furyk’ Jack Davies. Again, the round promised more as Jack also managed to lose the last 2 holes. Jack takes the cup and gets his name on the Trophy Board. Congratulations!
Those of you that know Jack will no doubt be thinking he will be celebrating with a few ‘f’ words ………………………fantastic, fabulous, formidable ……!
A wonderful day well supported by the Ladies. With a fun format, 1 to count on par 5’s 2 on par 4’s and 3 on par 3’s the winners with 77 points were Alex Cowey, Gill Bone and Bev Dennett. The best dressed team were Jane Johnson, Wendy Johnson and Liz Whales. Nearest the pin were Jane Johnson and Teresa Tarrant and nearest the line was Kay Allen.
All the Ladies changed into Black and White for the meal putting the finishing touch to the black and white table layout.
The Barnham Broom Staff came up trumps both from the golf side and catering. The course was in good condition and the food excellent.
Temperatures were up, some dodgy legs on show, and the smell of suncream in the air – yes a proper Summer’s day at last!
However, a constantly changing wind added to the challenge presented by the Valley Course, the venue for this month’s Stableford, to the 70 competitors taking part. The conditions were such that the CSS crept up to 72 and the number of birdies yielded by the course was just 26 from the 1260 holes played by the field (I am assuming no one walked in!). To put that into perspective, Henrik Stenson, on his way to that fantastic win in The Open yesterday, managed 25 birdies and 1 eagle in just 72 holes. Just proves that Barnham Broom is a tougher test of golf than Royal Troon
The Division 1 podium saw Robbie Watts take 3rd spot with a solid 37 points. The top 2 places had to be separated again on count back. Young Ollie Underhill-Smith, who is enjoying a fine run of form of late, benefitted from a fast start – some 16 points amassed after 5 holes, to come in with a fine 38 points to secure the runner-up position. Squeezing into 1st place, also with 38 points, was another golfer enjoying an excellent year – Stu Black who clearly plays better after a few beers (well quite a few) the night before. Congratulations Stu.
In Division 2, a pair of 37 pointers had the slide rule out again to determine 2nd and 3rd places. Andy Walker was the unlucky one taking 3rd spot with Steve Deveson nudging it to take the runner-up position. Well played gents. Out in front though was Mark Staz, who was almost Stenson-like in showing the rest of the field what was possible, scoring an excellent 43 points. Congratulations Mark on winning the Division and the overall Stableford – some glassware for you at the AGM.
Next up is the Paragon Trophy on Saturday which is matchplay against the course – an excellent format if you have a tendency for the odd bad hole.
Also coming up is the County inter club knock out competitions this Sunday which see the Barnham teams away in the quarter finals – the Cullington at Eaton and the Myhill at Great Yarmouth. So if you fancy a trip out it will be great to see you and the teams will appreciate the support.
What a nail biting match against Sprowston this proved to be. Ellie and Jo pulled back from being 4 down to be all square on the 18th.
Both teams were neck and neck onto the green and Sprowston needed a final putt to halve the hole. Unfortunately for them but very fortunately for Jo and Ellie the ball tottered on the edge of the hole but refused to sink.
Well Done Jo and Ellie and Good Luck in the semifinal on September 4th.