Ross Golf Club’s 2022 Championship Knock-out Finals day provided an intriguing 36 holes of match play golf to follow to decide who would become Men’s Champion for their first time, reports KEITH RAY.

Seasoned campaigner Tim Wyatt, having been the losing finalist on three previous occasions faced a relative newcomer and accomplished opponent in Ross Webb, now sporting a 0.8 World Handicap Index having improved it from his 8-handicap index since he joined the Ross Club just two years ago.

On their respective journeys to the final, Tim had achieved the distinction of defeating defending champion Cam Haines, who had won in four of the past five years.

Ross could also take with him some significant successes including against former and several times club champion, James Morgan.

When Ross took an early two-hole lead, Tim may have sensed a dreaded feeling of ‘deja-vu’ but to his credit he soon showed his quality and experience to level matters and find his rhythm.

As a result, at the half-way stage after 18 holes, Tim’s consistency meant that he could enjoy his lunch-break holding a significant 5 holes-up advantage.

While the afternoon round saw Ross quickly respond to cut the deficit to three and make it a good contest, he needed to score birdies to get back on level terms.

And Tim’s sensible rock-solid par golf dominated the finishing holes to make him the deserved Ross Men’s Club Champion.

The match, refereed by club vice-captain Stephen Price was played in an excellent spirit.

Meanwhile, it was with great pleasure that Lady Captain Ellie Teasdale presented representatives of her chosen charity ‘Assistance Dogs’ with a cheque for £2,550, money raised by the Ladies section over her past year as captain, reports RUTH KIRCHMEIER.

The Senior Men’s section also raised £2,000 for the same charity and both cheques were presented to the charity after the Ladies and Seniors Greensomes Stableford competition last Thursday.

Winners of this competition were Kim and Huw Williams with 36 points on countback from Jenny Freel and Scott Thompson in second place and Joe Hiram and Maureen Turner in third, all with 36 points.

The charity was enormously grateful for this generous donation as it will be put to good use in training more of the valuable dogs who do so much to support and enable people of all ages with a wide range of sensory, physical and mental health needs to lead full and independent lives.

On October 4, Ellie held her Ladies Invitation Charity Bowmaker Coffee Morning which was a great success with 66 ladies playing in the competition. There were a variety of stalls and a raffle which raised just under £900 for the charity.

The winners of the competition were Fiona Hutton, Kerry Brimfield and Elizabeth Lloyd from Brickhampton with 42 points.

In second place were Mabel Day, Judith Landau and Jill Sutton with 37 points and in third were Audrey Causon, June Savidge and Sue Tamblyn with 36 points.

On October 11, 38 ladies played in the Am Am Stableford.

First were Dorothy Green, Denise Laird, Lorraine Fenner and Jennifer Freel with 74 points, closely followed by Erika Atkins, Jackie Wheatstone, Ruth Pimlow and Sue Johnson in second with 72 points.

In third were Dinah Johnston, Mary Smith, Martha Norton and Ruth Kirchmeier with 71 points.

Sixteen ladies played in the 9-hole Am Am Stableford which was won by Penny Caves, Christine Downs, Mary Palmer and Joan Punnett with 40 points.

Second with 33 points were Judith Landau, Carol Malin, Jill Sutton and Maureen Turner and in third, with 31 points, were Jenny Eckersley, Marion Kirkland , Frances Nightingale and Jennifer Thornton.

The Taylor Cup and October Medal was played by 32 ladies on October 18.

The Taylor Cup was won by Sue Johnson with a nett score of 78, while Sally Fycun won the medal competition with a nett score of 75.

In second place was Amanda Marshall with nett 76 and in third place was Allison Charles with nett 77.

The Back-9 Medal was played by 11 ladies, and Penny Caves kept up her winning form with a nett score of 36. Christine Morris came second with nett 40 and Bridget Hiram came third with nett 41.

A Ladies Medalford was played by 27 ladies on October 25, Lois Price winning with 19. Martha Norton came second on countback from Dorothy Green with 22.

Twelve ladies played in the Front-9 Bowmaker Stableford, won again by Penny Caves and her team Chris Crane and Mary Palmer with 32 points on countback from Frances Nightingale, Jill Sutton and Jennifer Thornton. Third were Mabel Day, Ellie Peake and Rosie Price with 31 points.

The final October competition was a Ladies Medal Salver which was won by Jennifer Freel with a nett score of 78.

Sally Fycun came second with nett 79 and Hannah Keir third with nett 84.

Over the summer season Allison Charles and Kim Williams have coordinated very successful Thursday evening ‘Nine and wine’ games for any lady members.

A relaxed game of golf, a glass of wine and tapas has proved very popular, and is to continue early on Thursday afternoons throughout the winter.