Juniors are setting the standard at Rutland County

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With Summer seemingly bypassing Autumn and going straight into winter the hardy souls of Rutland County Golf Club have certainly been battling the elements lately in search of the various cups and trophies on offer.

In the Junior Championship a very tight finish saw Josh Paylor narrowly pip Imy Huxley to the post with both players carding impressive gross scores of 77, Josh eventually claiming the title of 2014 Junior Club Champion on countback. Nathan Harper was the net champion with a score of 72.

l Sponsored by club owner George Lowe the rearranged Director’s Trophy once again suffered at the hands of the weather with strong winds and driving rain greeting the players on the first tee and continuing throughout the day. John Peyser handled the conditions the best to win the event on countback with Pat Wright coming out on top to claim the ladies prize:

l In a recent B-Team match away against Spalding Golf Club Chris Bower and partner Phil Drury narrowly lost their rubber 9 – 7 to set the trend for the rest of the team, Spalding comfortably running out winners. However, the Captain’s charity benefited greatly from the team’s stunning performance.

l Gary Bryan, whose handicap is tumbling faster than Olympic gymnast Beth Tweddle, beat all comers in the October midweek medal with an impressive net score of 65, Alan Shuttleworth and Pete King following close behind with scores of 68 and 70 respectively.

l In the Rutland County Foursomes event the junior superstars stole the show with Josh Paylor and Nathan Harper leaving the field in their wake carding an unbeatable score of 64.

Eric Cooper and John Spinlove claimed second place on 70 with Chris Palmer and Chris Bower third on 71.

l It was an all-family affair in the final of the Mixed Greensomes matchplay competition where Imy Huxley and partner Craig Allan teed it up against Suzanne and Oli Huxley the 2013 champions and hot favourites.

The match was tight throughout but with Imy and Craig recording 2-under gross for 16 holes the match ended on that hole with a 3&2 victory for the number one daughter and partner and put new names on the coveted trophy.

l In the eagerly awaited match between the club captain Roger and his team and the lady captain Jenny and her team the spoils and bragging rights for the next 12 months went to the men by a score of 5 – 1.

l Joanne Cheshire showed the rest of the field a clean pair of heels in the Ladies Autumn Meeting with a score of 36 points with Karen Palmer claiming the runner-up spot with a score of 35. Jo Shepherd and Jo Cheshire both knocked it close to win both of the nearest the pin prizes.

l The first round of the Seniors Winter Series reminded those that braved the weather that it was very definitely a winter competition, with 28 starters quickly reducing to 19 finishers as the rain seemed to get heavier and heavier as the day progressed. Out of those that stuck at it and returned cards to take forward into round two the top three scores were: Andy Bourne on 38 points in first, Alan Lovatt with 36 second and third was Martin Hall with 33.

l As always the Senior section have been extremely busy. Top in the October Medal in Division One was Gordon Young with 69.

Top in Division Two was Nick Nicole with 70.

Nearest the pin on the 8th hole was Kevin Whittle.

Nearest the pin on the 17th hole was Mike Frankish.

l In the best 2 from 3 competition with a winning score of 90 points were the trio of David Wilson, Geoff Osborne and Geoff Emery who narrowly beat John Phipps, David Williamson and Peter Stokes who managed an equally impressive score of 89 points, David holing a “monster” 80ft putt from off the green on the 3rd hole to the amazement of everyone.

l In the Seniors match away at Boston Golf Club despite losing the fixture by a score of 5.5 – 2.5 creditable performances from John Adkins and Dave Wilson, Gary Bryan and Terry Loomes, Ron Jenkins and Richard Simmons and John Phipps and Ron Snape kept the score respectful.

l And finally in the Tuesday Roll-up Alistair Scott and Colin Brown cleaned up Division One and Geoff Osborne and Joe Smith did likewise in Division Two. The terrific trio of Alistair Scott and partners Keith Barratt and David Wilson with a score of 82 points won the most recent 2 from 3 competition, the highlight of which was when Matt Kunen’s powered trolley decided to part company with its owner and make a bid for freedom, only being stopped in its tracks by a rogue flagstick and then a bunker.