By Richard Jackman
BRIAN Rees’ nett 67 took top spot in Lyme Regis Golf Club’s May Medal on countback with a commanding performance.
Apart from a gross birdie on 4 there was nothing spectacular, just a good solid performance, where steady consistent play was the winning formula.
By contrast, James Newcombe had a much more up and down round pillaging birdies but then letting easy shots slip by, but the better shots won as he came in second on countback.
Shane Stone had a brilliant front 9 but was left regretting the double bogey on 18 as he took bronze with a nett 68.
The midweek stableford proved a close call with James Nathan Turner, taking top spot with 37 points, as he ripped into the front 9 scoring 21 points. Despite a blob on the 10th and 18th he still did enough to be one point clear of 3 other players on 36.
After a disappointing front 9, Matthew Watson charged into the back nine taking 21 points to push a steadier performance by Alan Hill into 3rd on countback.
Both divisions of the ladies medal were close, as Caroline Baker took the top division on countback from Sue Jeffery both with 75 and Hanna Jacobsen 3rd on 77.
Baker started her round with a nett birdie and then ensured top spot with a much improved back nine, while Jeffery handled the par 3s particularly well, but could not maintain the high 1st nine standard.
Jacobsen proved steady and sure to take third.
Amy Mudford and Debbie Shinners shared the best round of the day with Mudford taking the spoils with a polished, accomplished performance playing some steady winning golf.
Shinners by contrast had a spectacular front 9 highlighted by a gross birdie on the 4th, but a quadruple bogey on 17 meant she had to settle for 2nd on countback.
Pat Hames played particularly well to finish 3rd on 76.