Colin claims Keene Cup

By Ross Gazette sports reporter in Golf

Ross Golf Club’s latest major trophy event for their seniors members, the annual Keene Cup, provided the 84 members who took part with particularly challenging, yellow course playing conditions. Just six players performed within, or better, than their recognised handicaps.

This did not deter 16 handicapper, Colin Price, in his regular threesome who play at the crack of dawn. Colin’s name headed the results table from start to finish, with 41 stableford points to earn him some honours’ board recognition, and a two shot handicap reduction.

His front nine holes, which included five pars, and just four dropped shots, provided the necessary impetus, and with suitable encouragement and inspiration from his playing partners, Colin held his nerve. He was able to hold off runner-up Mike Bradburn who carded 40 points, followed by Bob Baker with 37 points. Other creditable scores came from Roger Morgan, Charles Reeve-Tucker, Graeme Laws all with 36 points and veteran Bill Knapper with 35 points.

The Club’s Men’s Midweek Invitation event on the following day, with 48 pairings taking part in a better ball stableford competition, also witnessed some testing conditions. The three pairings who each recorded 45 point totals fully deserved their prizes.

Peter Smith, with his guest Philip Mawson, took the top spot on count-back, followed by Andy Baldwin and Phil Corcoran and Mike Archer and Geoff Roberts. There were prizes too for Paul Element and Richard Price and Seniors Vice Captain David Price and his son, James. There were also nearest the pin prizes for visitors Glyn Williams, Conor Burris and the irrepressible Charlie Walker.

Neil Lancett’s Mens’ Foursomes A Team continued their season’s unbeaten record, after their latest North Glos Foursomes Division 2 league match. They returned home from the Painswick Golf Club’s course, near Gloucester, with a 3-3 halved match.

After their extraordinary experiences on a natural course, which has remained unchanged for more than a century, the team were grateful to wins by Jason Bolton and Tim Wyatt 3/2, Warren Moore and Steve Wallbank 2/1 and Arthur Cartwright and Simon Mills 4/3. They helped keep Neil’s squad on track to make a quick return to League Division 1 status.

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