Pego Golf July

Pego Golf Society – Competition Report – July 27th 2010

After the excitement of last week’s Monte Pego Cup it was back to normal this week with a singles Stableford competition for which there would be three divisions, with prizes being awarded to the 1st and 2nd place finishers in each division. Additionally, as is normal, there were prizes for Nearest the Pin on the 3rd and 16th holes. Ronnie Webb was back in harness this week and organised the Balls in the Water and 2’s competitions. There were 36 members contesting the prizes today and they received a warm welcome from both the weather and our captain, Brian West, who also extended a very warm personal welcome to his two guests, Brook Williamson and Alan Barwick, both of whom were playing merely for bragging rights as there were insufficient guests to warrant their own prize. The greens staff continue to perform their daily miracles (with one or two deserving beatification!?) and the course was once again presented in superb condition, the 1st Division scores reflecting the pristine fairways and true greens.
Captain West (who, by the way, thought he’d lost his totally inappropriate ‘La Sella’ hat but, on returning to the previous tee to search for said titfer, discovered it still on the roof of his buggy – we live in hopes that he will, eventually, part company with the blasted thing!) called on Ronnie to announce the winners of the two competitions he organises. There were 93 BIW’s this week and as the closest estimate was too far away at 100 the pot will roll over to next week. There were two 2’s claimed this week and the pot was shared between John Chessher and Chris Riley. Chris and wife Ann are on a fleeting visit, for which we should all be grateful as Chris also won Division 2 and a Nearest the Pin prize! Martin Gates also recorded a 2 but, instead of closing the bar as normal, he rushed off before the presentations and failed to notify the organiser of his 2 – I suspect he will ultimately receive his winnings as they are destined for the Sunday Club!

There were two Summer Knockout matches this week, both ending all square, so Jim Gillies & Ronnie Webb and John Lamont & the gutsy Colin Foster live to fight another day. I had the distinct and singular pleasure of refereeing John’s and Colin’s match and was privileged to see a superb fight back on the one hand coupled with a capitulation on the other. Johnnie was three up going down the 9th; he was giving Colin a shot so needed a good tee shot - he hit a superb drive and then hit his rescue club, barely, with the resultant topped shot careening straight for the bridge, which it duly hit and bounced over into a very nice lie. Colin was on the green for three net two – Johnny wedged his 3rd shot to five feet and walked off with a half! Colin gamely fought his way back into the match but was one down going down the 18th where he got a par to beat Johnnie’s three putt bogey – so a somewhat feckless back nine from John opens the door for Colin’s second bite of this particular cherry!

The Nearest the Pin prizes today were won by the two rewarded 2’s, Chris Riley on the 3rd and John Chessher on the 16th.

The prize winners in the Stableford Competition were as follows:

Division 1 (Handicaps up to 12.4)
Winner – Brian Redfearn with yet another superb 39 points off his newly reduced handicap of 7.9
Runner up – Martin Gates with an excellent 37 points off 7.4

Division 2 (Handicaps 12.5 to 18.4)
Winner – Chris Riley with 36 points off 15.2
Runner up – Donna Green (who, I think, played off the red blocks) with 35 off 13.8

Division 3 (Handicaps 18.5 and over)
Winner – Ray Edmonds with 36 points off 18.9
Runner up – Dave Lett also with 36 points but off a higher handicap of 21.5 – I must mention that I have, in the past, encouraged Dave to use a 3 wood off the tee, a suggestion that heretofore he has ignored. Having noticed that he was driving with a 3 wood today I asked him why he’d now taken my advice. He replied that he had no choice really, as the head of his driver was at the 75 metre marker on the driving range!

Next week’s competition will, once again, be at Oliva Nova, on Tuesday, August 3rd with the first tee time at 8:50, registration at 8:15. Details may be found on our website, the address of which is (Don’t forget to check the play list on Friday to make sure your name is included if you want to play!)

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