There were no upsets at Rutland County in the Club Championship as defending champion Mike Pressick held off closest challenger Chris Palmer by a comfortable four shots over the two-day event.
Pressick shot 70 on the first day for a two-shot lead over Palmer and a second round 72 was good enough to claim a comfortable victory for his third successive title. James Grant matched the champion’s 72 in the second round, his best score this season was enough to give him third place.
Chris Bower defied his yo-yoing form this season to take the Club Net Championship on 135, just a single shot ahead of Eric Cooper who scored a cracking net 66 on day one with a gross 74. Bower, a popular winner, held his nerve after a poor start to his first round but was rewarded for his persistence.
Proving the course still has teeth, even in moderate wind conditions, only two level-par net scores of 71 were recorded in the Club Bowl as new kid on the block Nathan Harper grabbed the honours following a brave defence of his title by the slightly more experienced Dave Rippin. Harper eased Rippin into second place by way of countback after both players recorded scores of 144 ahead of third-placed Graham Cole on net 152.
After shooting 85 on day one, Meg Tasker held on to just pip Anne Milsom by a single shot in the Ladies Championship with Trisha Clarke three further back
Carole Westcott claimed top spot in the Ladies Club Net on 145 just one ahead of Trisha Clarke with Jo Shepherd third on 151.
l The Mixed Team had a notable 3-3 draw away at Elton Furze ably led by Roger Overton and Jenny Cobb who won 1 up, Phil Drury and Amanda Riches also won 1 up, Gerry McIntyre and Jackie Cole lost 4 & 3, Bob Ambrose and Jo Shepherd won 4 & 3, Cliff Knapp and Anne Milsom lost 2 down and Paul Milsom and Heather Knapp lost 2 down.
l Rutland County Seniors travelled to Ramsey for this week and picked up their first away win of the season.
The final score was Ramsey Seniors 1½, Rutland County Seniors 4½.
Rutland County Seniors results: Ron Jenkins and Nigel Coombs won 1 up. Terry Loomes and Stewart Picton won 1 up. Les Dickinson and Peter Stokes lost 1 down. Ray Taylor and Arthur Dethick won 3 & 2. John Chatburn and Cliff Knapp won 4 & 3 and Rob Elliott and Jerry Jolly halved
l John Adkins has achieved the life-long ambition of all golfers - a hole in one.
The scene was the 13th hole. It is reported that Adkins did not see the ball enter the hole, but his playing partners, Kevin Whittle and David Williamson were sure it had dropped in. Adkins approached the hole in some disbelief and then was seen to do a bit of a dance around the hole when his achievement was confirmed by the sight of the ball in the hole. The event was more special as Adkins has only been playing golf for “a few months” off a handicap of 28.
Being a 28 handicapper, Adkins had a two shot allowance on the 13th and so scored 6 points for his team on the hole.