Martyn plays his ace
Autumn is just about upon us, the summer weather is just about hanging on by a leaf and providing some superb golfing opportunities with the course playing is excellent condition.
The midweek pro-comp continues while the light prevails with last Saturday Freddie Dancox’s pro-shop comp seeing a full turn-out. Dave Heesom took full advantage, his three birdies resulted in a gross 69, not bad for a man of that age, and 37 points of course. Andrew Cowin and Paul Allison had a neck and neck battle both coming in with 38 points taking birdie opportunities where they could, starting with excellent fours on the first. Andrew Cowin took a slight advantage on the opening nine holes with further birdies on the third and sixth before dropping shots on the par three, ninth. Paul Allison didn’t take the advantage offered dropping shots there. Andrew Cowin dropped four more on the back nine however finished with a two on the last for fourth place on countback from Paul Allison nailing it on the back. His 33 shot gross after birdies on 13 and last was enough to take third place. Tom Wollin’s birdies on fourth and sixth gave him a big point advantage and his last nine was enough to stack up 40 points and take second place just behind Dave Boswell on 41 with the difference being an eagle four on the fourth for Dave Boswell.
On Sunday the Alan Kelly Challenge Cup scoring was pretty tough considering the excellent conditions. Andrew Cowin again featured and his birdies on the 3 and 10 followed by eight pars resulting in a gross 72 tying with Mark Woodhouse and Basil Bielich on 38 points. Mark was on form with birdies on 4, 10 and 11 only to lapse on 16. Basil had a not-unfamiliar topsy-turvy round with successes and disasters scattered all over the card but to get fifth place you’ve got to have a cool head and a par/birdie/par finish at Ramsey is always a bonus. Michael Doherty continued his return to golfing form and consistency certainly played its part in his 39 points with a run of pars in the middle of his round. Three players tied on 39 points but which one had the edge to win the Alan Kelly Cup?
Ian Craine started bright and breezy with an opening birdie and made steady progress on the front nine although a disaster on 11 followed by dropped shots from 15 through to 17 was enough to take him away from a winning position and place him third. John Ball also struggled on the last three although he had done enough early on after a run of mid round pars banked the necessary stableford points to take the runner-up spot. Rising to the challenge and just sneaking in on a back nine countback was Ray Jopson who managed good point scoring with pars on seven, eight and nine followed by taking more points opportunities on 16 and 17 and of course, a Masters qualification as well.
Enjoy the Ryder Cup!
From the previous week -
Saturday saw what felt like the last day of summer however it was the McDowell Anti-Cancer stableford that occupied the minds of Ramsey golfers. Two players joined the scratch golfer Club and congratulations go to David Kinrade and Dave Heesom on reaching that milestone. It’s taken Dave Heesom 54 years to get there so there is hope for us all, maybe.
In terms of the best gross, Dave Kinrade dropped shots on 7 and 10 but made capital with birdies on 11, 16 and last for a 69 and 38 points. James Arneil and Dave Heesom took a comparative day off with 72 and 74 respectively. The main event was stableford points and what a close call it was for second place with seven players all tied on 38. Ian Colquitt and Paul Bevan’s 37 points earned them places 9 and 10 respectively but the 38 group was decided on the final few holes and in particular 15 on a countback. After an excellent front nine Richard Power couldn’t buy a par on the run in and a six on 15 ruined the card. Ian Colquitt had a similar result on the same hole whereas Bruce Cobburn survived that hole only to double bogey the last instead. The pin on 15 was cut tight to the right hand-side bunker and proved to be a real challenge. Ray McElhinney didn’t manage it and came away with a seven but was just ahead of the others for sixth place on countback. Brian Kelly almost took second place outright except the bogey on the last kept him on 38 points. Steve Taylor, complete with repaired knee, missed his chance with a double bogey on 16 although was good enough for fourth place. David Kinrade , same score although his back nine birdies gave him enough for third place. It took a last minute piece of brilliance saw Darren Colquitt secure second after twos on 17 and 18 emerging leader of the 38 point group. They all had chances but just didn’t take them and that left Alan Gelling to cruise in with points to spare after pars on the final three holes gave him 41 points and smiles all round for a win on the day.
With a few Autumn leaves appearing the course was is in superb condition. With the greens playing very well it was very fitting to have the Greenkeepers Texas Scramble on Sunday afternoon. As you would expect they put out a team and, yes, it was a very strong team indeed. James Arneil, Martin ’Radar’ Kinrade and Ollie Webster with head of Greens, Steve Taylor coming in with a respectable score of 54.9. It’s not really polite to win your own competition and they didn’t, just enjoyed the day. In fourth place was Tony Kennish, Malcolm Callow, Ian Jones and David Gaines on 54.5 and next best Darren Colquitt, Mike MacDonald, Dave and Hazel Boswell on 52.7. That score would often be a winner but over a shot ahead of them on 51.4 was Tilly Davies, Conor Grant, Ray McElhinney and Mark Moran. Mark Moran put his tee shot on 18 to within a foot to win the nearest the pin and thoughts of a winning speech. Mark Ashcroft, Pete O’Donnell and Dean Morris teamed up with Martyn Collister (all pictured above with Head Greenkeeper, Ollie) to produce a superb round of scramble golf to post an unbeatable score of 51.35 to win by a whisker. In fact, the difference was the 12 inches as Mark Moran fell short of on the closing hole, Martyn Collister instead took a driver of the fourth tee and holed out with an ace to make the difference. Such are the margins needed to win the day.