New course top score fires Paul’s recall hope

Rutland Water Golf Club new course record by Paul Tomson
Rutland Water Golf Club new course record by Paul Tomson

Paul Tomson shot a remarkable new course record of 66 to score 45 points in the midweek stableford at Rutland Water Golf Club.

Teeing off in the perfect late afternoon conditions, Paul’s extraordinary round began with a steady par at the first before he picked up the first of an incredible eight birdies at the Par 5 second.

After the disappointment of a three putt bogey from only six foot at the fourth, Paul bounced straight back with another birdie at the fifth before a brilliant run of five birdies in six holes from the eighth until the last, where he held his nerve to finish off the round in style by hitting a wedge to 21/2 feet and duly tapped in the short birdie putt for a brilliant 66.

Whilst drinking a celebratory Guinness afterwards, a delighted Tomson said: “This is the best round I’ve ever had and hopefully puts me right back in the frame for a county call-up, something I have been trying for ever since being on the fringes a few years ago.”

Paul has now been cut to a career low handicap of two and will need to be on top form in his next challenge where he goes head to head with veteran club professional John Pengelly in the semi-final of the Smith Salver, which sees the best amateur players at the club in the same draw as the two professionals in a scratch matchplay competition.

Another great score was achieved at the weekend by Craig Woolmer who shot a nett 66 to win the July medal by two shots from Barry Read, second with a nett 68 and Gerry Reilly third with nett 70.

The highlight of the day for the 21 handicapper was undoubtedly his birdie three at the most difficult hole on the course, the par four 15th.

Richard Lavin recorded the lowest gross on the day with a 77 and Paul Friend can consider himself the undisputed king of the par threes as he made his third consecutive two in competition play to claim a share of the twos pot with four others.

Popular Noel Burford capped a return to form and full fitness to win the July seniors stableford with 41 points.

Burford began by par-ing the first two holes and held on to win by one point from Barry Read who has now finished second in successive competitions, and Paul Kirk was third with 38 points.