17-Sep-2010 : Club Report 11
|Left to Right: Adam Woolley;John|
|Cooke; Joe Marum and Alex|
|Clarricoates at Sherwood Forest.|
Newark GC hosted the First Division Champions, Beeston Fields GC, in the ninth and final series of the competition. Beeston Fields [who had won the trophy with a game to spare] brought a strong team comprising of four out of five who had been regulars throughout the season.
Upon an evening of poor weather in September the contest started as brisk and blustery north-east winds took the ease out of the competition.
Jim Hallam teed off first for Newark accompanied by his regular caddy, Jim Inger. Inger has caddied at all, bar one, of the matches, missing out on the trip to Chilwell Manor. Hallam had a difficult time to get ahead of an opponent who was nifty around the greens, [chipping in for birdie to win the first hole]. Hallam managed to end the front nine with a 1Up score-line as the umbrellas were opened with the arrival of light rain in the dimming light. Hallam increased to 2Up after the fourteenth hole as the rain transformed into persistent and moderate. A further success saw Hallam gain the second game point of the evening running out as a three and two winner.
Second man off, Tim Cooke [trolley], made a great start to be 3Up after four holes, to finish the front nine at 2Up. Despite the poor weather and having little tangible to play for, Beeston Fields seemed determined to fight it all the way to the eighteenth. Cooke was pegged back to level at the fourteenth . Subsequently, Cooke took a 1Up lead to the eighteenth, which also fell into his clutches and a 2Up win took the third game and the match.
Something of a jubilant moment for the team and supporters as Scratch Team Captain, John Cooke had already taken the first game point of the match. Indeed he had been a spectator of the events for half an hour. Cooke was 3Up after the front nine. Three pars and a birdie at the eleventh hole saw Cooke off the course after the thirteenth hole, as a seven and five winner.
Dave Britten was 2Down at the turn and was not able to change that score-line, against another quite determined opponent.
Alex Clarricoates was last off and caddied by Kevin Ward. Ward has contributed in this capacity in all of the matches [eight] of the 2010 season. Clarricoates arrived at the tenth tee at 2Down, and was going to have to cope with the worst of the deteriorating weather. It was time for the caddy to provide umbrella cover while setting up the putts. Wins at ten and eleven preceded a loss at fourteen. Par at fifteen was good enough to bring the score-line to level. Just as well that Clarricoates found the green off the tee, as in the dimming light it was difficult to see where the shots had terminated. Teeing off first at sixteen, he found the left hand side fairway trap. Worse still, the ball was to the front, hampered by the bunker lip. The Beeston Fields shot was last seen, leaking to the right. A ball was found in the compulsory GUR, which meant a drop to the right hand side and an unfortunate block out from the green. However, it was not the correct ball. The Beeston Fields man cheerfully commented that he normally hit a ball which was sneakily longer than that. And it was! It was favourable located, twenty yards forward with a clear shot to the green. He found the greenside bunker in two, the green in three, but left himself a putt of fifteen feet length. Two putts later he had a bogie five. Clarricoates came out of the trap and then advanced his ball to the forward edge of the green. Not too bad as the hole was cut in a red flag position at the front of the green. Clarricoates set up for the putt and then backed off. The second attempt saw a steamer, rammed into the back of the cup for par and a lead in the game. The seventeenth hole was halved in three. At eighteen, Clarricoates put his ball to within six feet of the hole in two. Following a poor chip from back left of the green, Beeston Fields were well further away. Hole conceded and Clarricoates had a 2Up win.
Scratch Team Captain, John Cooke pointed out: “We had a tough set of fixtures this year with some difficult away matches played at arduous courses. This did not help our chances of success in the league when it came to collecting easy points.” He went on to say, “All of those, who has represented the club at this level have shown good spirit and have tenaciously maintained a high level of determined application, throughout the season. We are delighted to be in the top division for another season.” Cooke made one more point: “The team is very grateful to the members of the club who provided highly valued support and assistance during this campaign.
Newark will play in the First Division in Season 2011. They will have fixtures against: Beeston Fields; Worksop; Notts’; Sherwood Forest; Chilwell Manor; Coxmoor; plus promoted clubs, Rushcliffe and Mapperley.
Junior member, Ryan Maclachlan returned a net 137 be the overall winner after the two rounds of the Titchfield Cup. In the first round; two birdies; twelve pars; three bogies and one double bogie gave Maclachlan [handicap eight] a net 66. Also returning net 66 was scratch team member Dave Britten, with the lowest gross score of the round . In round two of the competition Duncan Martin [net 68] and Alex Clarricoates [net 69] were the best of the field. Clarricoates and scratch team Captain John Cooke jnr finished with the lowest gross score of 71. Maclachlan finished at net 71 for round two carding: one birdie; nine pars; seven bogies and one double bogie. Leading results [net] are as follows: 1-Ryan Maclachlan [66+71=137];2-Duncan Martin [72+68=140 cb];3-Peter Gresswell [70+70=140 cb].
Gentlemen: September Midweek Medal.
Leading net results are as follows. Division One: 1-John Turner 68; 2-Malcolm Wood 69 cb; 3-Darren Charters 69 cb. Division Two: 1-Peter Snow 64; 2-Alwyn Lyon 68; 3-David Cumberland 69 cb. Division Three: 1-Paul Dodsworth 69; 2-Clive Smallwood 71; 3-Kevin McGinley 72. Alex Clarricoates had the lowest gross score of 70 from the 122 entries.
Gentlemen: September Weekend Medal.
Leading net results are as follows. Division One: 1-Matthew Harrison 67; 2-Sam Thompson 70 cb; 3-Alex Clarricoates 70 cb. Division Two: 1-Gary Bruce 67 cb; 2-Stephen Tur 67 cb; 3-Joe Jackson 68. Division Three: 1-Kevin McGinley; 2-Wayne Joslin 71; 3-Lee Cammack 72. Matthew Harrison had the lowest gross score of 70 from the 153 entries.
Ladies: September Medal.
Leading results are as follows [nett scores]: Division One: 1-Cindy Thorpe 73; 2-Brenda Wood 75 cb; 3-Brenda Bradbury 75 cb. Division Two:1-Anne Scothern 76 cb; 2-Ann White 76 cb; 3-Rita Stevenson 77 cb. Division Three: 1-Dawn Cumberland 77; 2-Sue Birkett 78; 3-Linda Fearn 85. Jane Tucker had the lowest gross score of 85 from the 46 players.
Ladies: Jubilee Trophy.
The winner was Jill Pearce with a net 66 ahead of Brenda Wood on net 68 and the lowest gross score of eighty. Five ladies finished upon net 71 and were ordered by count-back respectively: Cindy Thorpe; Brenda Bradbury; Caroll McLachlan; Rita Smalley and Ann White.