WITH the clocks forward and the Masters looming large, the April medal somehow tees off the summer season, so it was good to have a keen, combative competition at Lyme Regis Golf Club with the top five places all convincingly below par.
Taking top spot was Graham Pickard whose final nine hole’s nett 31 was the backbone of his brilliant five under par 66. There were three contenders for second place all on nett 68 – Andrew Moore, Toby Eeles and vice-captain Arthur Daines, but a superior back nine of nett 33 from Moore gave him silver ahead of Eeles (third) and Daines (fourth). Only a shot behind and taking fifth place on countback was Tom Barclay.
The seniors were thrust into a medal off the white tees for the Marsh Tankard and Richard Hartell-Smith was up to it, scoring well on the front nine and consolidating on the back nine to come in with a nett 68, David Binns took silver with two nett threes on 15 and 16 in his nett 69 while the ever-improving Ray Shinners came third with 70.
Young Zac Mudford added the midweek stableford to his credentials as he won with 34 points, ahead of father and son Stuart and Mark Scott, both on 32.
The ladies’ Coronation Foursomes was won by Emma Davies and Ros Clemmans as they were one of the few pairs to improve on the back nine to take first place on 30. Countback was needed to decide second place place as Kate Smith and Jean Jolley recovered from two consecutive ‘blobbed’ holes to push Rosie Jackman and Caroline Baker into 3third, both on 28.