Superb Smith seals the salver
GRAHAM Smith shot a superb round to win the Chris Southwell Salver in blustery conditions at Greetham on Saturday.
Smith, who won the club’s midweek medal with another scintillating round a few week ago, fought off more than 100 other players to take Saturday’s title with a net 68.
Smith, who is renowned for his ability in high winds, took the conditions in his stride and also claimed the lowest gross score, 73.
He parred the first, birdied the second then went on to par the rest of the front nine to sit at one under. A couple of slight errors followed on holes 10 and 11, which he bogied. After that though, he steadied the ship with two pars and a birdie and dropped another shot on the par five 15th. His handicap was cut to 4.6 ahead of the club’s next big competition, the two day scratch to 18 handicap on July 14.
Nine-handicapper Scottie Stevenson shot a gross 78 to claim second place with a net 69. Third place went to Ali McNaughton who had a net 70 with Ryan Tarrant, David Blee and Bill Skinner, all also on 70, were the players to lose out.
l NINE-handicapper Kay Ropson, fresh from winning in the mixed Open at Greetham Valley last week, has won the June Ladies Qualifier.
She came in with 73 points, which included a blob on the par three sixth, but she clawed the lost points back with two birdies.
Kay was cut to eight and is now looking forward to the next big Ladies competition, the two day medal which also starts on July 14.
Former ladies captain Rena Lister was second with 34 and Rita Knapp took third with a 32 points.
l GREETHAM’S Junior Captain Ryan Tarrant will attempt a 24 hour golf marathon with players from Louth and Burghley Park.
The 17-year-old will team up with Dan Carr, 15, from Burghley Park and Chris Cooper, 18, from Louth on the Lakes course at Greetham on July 13. They will tee off at 8pm in an attempt to raise £1,000 for Cancer Research on behalf of the Seve Ballesteros Foundation. To sponsor the trio visit www.justgiving.com/seve1
RUTLAND County’s 2012 Club Champion is Michael Pressick who fired a 2 under par 69 on the second day to beat the field by a clear eight shots.
Overnight leader Russ Aust could not match Pressick’s storming birdie-birdie-par finish. A product of the Club’s junior coaching set-up, 17-year-old Michael has a bright future in the game and is already a county and national squad player.
Results: 1st M Pressick 76-69=145; 2nd R Aust 74-79=153; 3rd D Palmer 75-80=155.
l RUSS Aust claimed the Best Net Trophy on 143, with former junior captain Tom Dunn second on 149, and the unflappable Pete Siciliano in third place on 150.
The course is showing its teeth despite being in excellent condition, and errant tee and approach shots are being punished severely by the thick rough, leading to just one sub-par score over the two days.
l CRAIG Allan triumphed in the Club Bowl with a net 158 as he stylishly pipped club captain David Rippin by one shot. The unfortunate Rippin was 13 shots better on day two after a first round 104 but just missed out overall.
l SUZANNE Huxley overcame a broken toe on day one of the Ladies Championship to edge out Anne Milsom by one shot and claim the title for the first time.
Consistent rounds of 92 and 93 were good enough to put Suzanne’s name on the Trophy. Meg Tasker shot net rounds of 80 and 76 for a 156 total and first place in the Net Trophy.
l COUNTY moved smoothly into round 3 of the County Mixed Foursomes by disposing of visitors Melton Mowbray, winning 3 up.
Imogen Huxley and Andy Vernon won 5 up while Chris Palmer and Diana Barnett lost 2 down.
l COUNTY’S seniors lost 5-3 at Ramsey.
Results: S Picton & T Loomes won 3&1; J Phipps & A Dethick lost 1 down; B Goddard & D Wray lost 2&1; J Rudin & D Whitehead won 1 up; R Elliott & B Pearson lost 1 down; T Whiting & J Chatburn lost 3&2; R Taylor & I Barron won 3&2; K Barratt & M Arnold lost 2 down.
The Senior Texas Scramble was won by Fred Shorrock, Alan Pearce and Gill Glenister with a score of 63.7.
STOKE Seniors, fresh from their first away win of the season last week, travelled to Burghley Park on Tuesday only to have their confidence dented.
Their only winners were the captain and vice-captain pairing of Mike Dickinson and Mick Rance. The following morning, Stoke entertained Spalding and ran out comfortable winners. Ironically captain Dickinson was part of the only losing pair.
Results: Burghley Park 6 Stoke 1½ - M Dickinson & M Rance won 5&4; B Ayto & J Callow lost 1 down; B Coop & D Hamston halved; D Hudson & R Smith lost 5&3; J Kime & R Leverett lost 6&5; G Miller & R Rowe lost 4&2; J Smeeton & P Varley lost 3&2; D Werner & C Woof lost 3&2. Stoke 7 Spalding 1 - M Dickinson & E Armstrong lost 2 down; M Rance & C Woof won 4&2; D Clements & R Beal won 2&1; F Bellingall & D Bennett won 5&4; M Graves & M Edwards won 4&2; R Nicholls & P White won 2&1; K Eddy & D Hudson won 4&3; M Rose & R Elsome won 7&5.
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Weather for Oakham
Saturday 25 May 2013
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