19-Jun-2010 : Club Report 5
Division One: Newark GC v Wollaton Park GC.
The team of Jim Hallam, John Cooke jnr [Capt], Tim Cooke, Dave Britten and John Thompson won 3-2 to put Newark clear at the top of the First Division by one point. The match started in fine weather before the rain came down heavily as the last game approached the ninth green.
Jim Hallam [caddied by Jim Inger] led off. The canny Hallam, a step ahead of his opponent, cleverly improved his chances of a win by buying a brand new pair of rain gloves, thirtty minutes before the start of the contest. Apparently, the wetter they get, the better they get. They started to get very wet beyond the ninth..
At two up in his game Hallam put his ball onto the fourteenth green in regulation. Unfortunately, due to the heavy rainfall there was a puddle between his ball and the hole. Club Captain, Fraser Macintyre sprung into hyper-drive and a buggy. A water roller was obtained and Macintyre swiftly swept the problem away to enable the execution of the putt. This found the bottom of the cup and Hallam went to three up in his game. Dormie followed at fifteen as the hole was halved in three. At sixteen a par putt was conceded and Hallam had put the first point for Newark onto the scoreboard.
Scratch team captain, John Cooke jnr [caddied by Kevin Ward] followed in game two. Cooke was in good form coming out of the previous club competition [Ted Hastell] at 69 gross. Cooke said. “My game has been going in the right direction since the beginning of the season. I’m swinging smoothly and scoring low but today the putter worked really well for me”. Birdies at ten, eleven, twelve and fifteen enabled him to walk off hole sixteen at one under with a 4&2 win.
In game three, Tim Cooke was also in good scoring form, finishing the Ted Hastell in gross 70. The sixteenth hole came onto the reckoning again. It was a tantalus for Cooke, so near but so agonisingly, so far from reach. At one up for the game a three foot par putt to go dormie looked comfortably bound for the bottom of the hole. If the ball did one thing with conviction, it was the incredibly annoying, 180 degree lip out, and a comforting half of the game and match had gone with it. Fortunately, this was only a slight postponement of the inevitable. After a half in three at seventeen, dormie was achieved, and Newark had one table point from a half of the match. Dave Britten and John Thompson were already close to losing their games. As Cooke went to the eighteenth tee, at one up, this was the only game left on the course. Two vital match points were there for the taking. At that time, nobody knew that these points would elevate Newark to the top of the First Division table.
The nerve racking events of the final hole provided several high anxiety moments for the Newark supporters. Indeed, some of the most tribal of the entourage of Newark aficionados might have preferred a ten minute racking from Torquemada. The Wollaton Park player took a driver and amid cries of “sit, sit”, almost put his ball long into the rough. It ended up blocked out from the green by the tree that effects the approach shot on the right hand side of the fairway. Cooke took a fairway wood and uncharacteristically snap-hooked the ball well to the left with it nose-diving, into the dense rough and shrubbery. Three things were certain, it was not on the fairway, it was not on the green and nobody could see it. A provisional ball was despatched with driver, over the guarding tree to the left of the turn to find perfect position upon the fairway. The entourage of Newark supporters swarmed into the undergrowth to find a ball with ‘Titleist’ on it. A swarm of midges, swooped onto the entourage to find a body with blood in it. A ball with ‘Titleist’ on it was found immediately, but it was not the right one. Within seconds another ball was located and this [with a sigh of relief] was the right one. It was twenty yards [approx] beyond the left turn and twelve yards [approx] beyond the ditch, within the undergrowth of the trees. The ball was well punched out by Cooke to bounce onto the short grass. It threatened to roll behind the previously mentioned tree trunk on the right hand side of the fairway. Amid despairing cries of “sit, sit”, it stopped short of the obstacle and a clear shot was left to the green. The only person still on the right hand side of the fairway [the Wollaton man] stepped forward, hoping to guide his ball over the tree and onto the green. The ball found solid wood, high into the middle of the tree. During the time of a, “I just don’t believe that”, it bounced off several pieces of woodwork, and dropped to ground leaving a clear shot to the green. Both players had taken two strokes and the balls were now ten feet apart and separated by a tree trunk. Almost a great escape for Cooke and Newark GC. Until his third and following chip shot lay motionless, a yard short of the green. Anxiety levels amongst the Newark supporters peaked again. For his third shot the Wollaton player found the green but the ball was still an unconvincing fifteen feet from the hole. The opportunity to grasp the initiative was there and Cooke made no mistake in taking it. A superb chip, conjured right out from the bottom of the magician’s hat, produced an unequivocal gimmie, and Cooke was in for five. Anxiety levels were not assuaged completely, as a five might not be good enough. The Wollaton putt for par and a win, finished close to where Cookes’ marker would have been, but it was not in the hole. Tim Cooke walked off eighteen at one over and with a one up win in his game. This claimed three points for Newark and put the club at the top of the First Division table.
Newark will have an away fixture at Stanton on the Wolds GC upon 21st June. Supporters are requisite and welcome. Stanton has played three matches, losing two at Coxmoor and Notts and winning one against Worksop, which was a home fixture.
Gentlemen: Coronation Cup
Leading results [net]are as follows: 1st Kevin Ferguson 71 cb; 2nd Kevin McGinley 71 cb; 3rd Joe Marum 72 cb; 4th Keith Whitfield 72 cb. Best Gross Jim Hallam 72.
Mixed: Ted Hastell Trophy
Leading results [points] are as follows: 1st Gary Kirton 43 cb; 2nd Paul Skelton 43cb; 3rd Tom Ablewhite 42; 4th Alan Vickers 40. Best Gross John E Cooke 38
Mixed: Charity Day Open
The event, which was organised by Noel Maguire, produced £2898.60 in aid of the Southwell Care Project. The weather was fine for the full entry to the competition and the course was prepared to pristine condition for this popular event. The winners on count-back in a tight three way finish were the local team of: Matt Harrison; John Thompson; Steve Main and James Durrance. Other results were as follows:
2nd John Watson Blankney GC Peter Adams Mark Pegg Rick Brown 86 pts
3rd David Tasker Boston GC Ann Tasker Brian Marriott Jane Marriott 86 pts
4th Stan Madden Lees Hall GC Gary Wood Paul Reaney David Meredith 85 pts
Nearest the Pin 2nd: Dave Hammond Retford GC. Nearest the Pin 5th: Lynne Inman Norwood Park GC. Nearest the Pin 15th: Peter Johnson Newark GC. Nearest the Pin 17th: Peter Johnson Newark GC. Longest Drive 7th: Gary Ruane Chesterfield GC. 1st Putting: Peter Woodhall Newark GC. 2nd Putting: Sandra Beckett Norwood Park GC.
Seniors: Seniors Open
Leading results [points] of the betterball stableford are as follows: 1- Howard Lockwood & Ernie Dyson - Newark GC & Lincoln GC ; 2- Ron Green &Don Duncan - Boston GC ; 3- Nick Thornton &Allan Ward - Oakmere Park GC [42 cb] ; 4- David Lott & Ronnie Hopkins - Kirby Muxloe [44 cb] ; 5- Jon Cox & Lol Wilmot -Matlock [44 cb]. Best gross score was Gareth White & Michael Piggott - Peterborough Milton GC . Nearest the pins; 2nd - Chris Herbert Sponsored by: Animal Care Clinic; 5th - Barry Dunn Sponsored by: Reality Estate Agents; 15th - Gary Pope Sponsored by: Bower & Bower; 17th Ronnie Hopkins Sponsored by: Country Club Caterers. Nearest the pin with second shot at 18th - Bob Batterick Sponsored by: Taylor Made.