By Richard Jackman
The Frost Cup 4BBB stableford is a one off competition at Lyme Regis Golf Club but also the top-eight pairs qualify for a winter knock out.
Rivalry was keen and for the second time within a fortnight Gareth Williams was in gold position partnering Brian Rees as they both twinned well to score 43 points. Only a point behind, tussling for second and third, were Rob Clapp and George Skellern and David Fidge and Geoff Filtness, Clapp and Skellern taking silver on countback.
The next five pairs who qualify for the knock-out competition, all scored 41 points – Mike Mudford and Matt Brotherton, Arthur Daines and Steve Piper, Rob Coombe and Alan Brown, Roddy Donaghy and Matt Watson and Matt Corrick and Guy Cossins, so competition will be fierce.
The Centenary Sword Competition is a sort of champion of champions competition to find the best lady and man. This year Jane Dixon was ladies’ champion and Roger Turner for the men and they play each other in a knockout competition. In a match where either player could have won, the scores see-sawed, before Turner won on the last hole, one up, an exciting match and a credit to both players.
The ladies played their Par Cup, or bogey competition where competitors play match play against the course, based on their handicap. With a brisk wind favouring the course it was no surprise that the winner ended up all square with the course on level. Sarah Kilcoyne held that honour to appear on top for the second week running, confirming the excellent and steady progress being made, despite still being relatively new to the game, an encouragement to all.
Debbie Shinners had a good front nine and held on well on the trickier back nine to come second on -1 while Mary Minter was steady for third place on -2. In the nine-hole competition Maggie Brook and Karen Buchanan-Harlow fought it out, both finishing on 15 points but on countback Brook was declared the winner, with Julie Kabia in third, a point behind.