SEVENTY two of the top low-handicap amateur men golfers descended on the Gorsley-based Ross Golf Club course to compete in its annual Farr Scratch Cup Open, reports KEITH RAY.

Involving 36 holes of gross medal play, the tree-lined fairways are not only a test for the best amateur players, but the Gloucestershire Golfing Union has again chosen it as one of just eight majors in their 2024 Duchess Salver Order of Merit series, now in its 50th year.

Henbury Golf Club's Nick Day has won the Salver and been crowned Gloucestershire’s No 1 Amateur Golfer 13 times, his first success back in 2004.

And after the morning's 18 holes medal play, it was not surprising to see Nick's name at the top of the leaderboard, coupled with Brickhampton Court GC’s Lewis Stalley, both carding 2 under gross par rounds.

A shot behind were James Bath of Lydney GC, Matt Bell from Lilley Brook GC and Ryan Nedza of Neath GC.

The afternoon saw Day at his very best and four consecutive birdies from the 5th to the 8th ultimately made the difference, with his combined 138 medal score (6 under gross par) securing his Farr Scratch Cup hat-trick.

And after four Duchess Salver events played, Nick's name already heads the table.

Ryan Nedza and Matt Bell did their best to stay in touch, finishing joint runners-up  with combined gross 142 scores.

Top Ross players were Ted Ballard and Ross Webb with combined 148 and 149 medal scores respectively

At the presentation, Ross GC’s Director of Golf & Head Professional Tim Hall expressed gratitude for the opportunity to continue managing the prestigious event and paid tribute to its loyal supporters.

This included Course Manager Dylan Stokes and his green-keeping staff, who worked wonders to have playing conditions worthy of the occasion.

There were special thanks for event sponsor Godrey Farr, who came to the club's rescue three years ago when the trophy needed replacing, plus recognition and appreciation for Neil Lancett, who managed administration, the club's catering team, and the voluntary support from all club sections, covering reception duties, starters, ball-spotters, plus Tim's Pro-Shop Team.

The event all resulted in Ross GC’s reputation and brand name and its highly valued community spirit benefitting as well.