The field struggled bravely, searching diligently in the heather for lost balls and pars but eventually Ming Geng came in in third place, beating Rakesh Gupta on a countback. Brian Collins, playing with Seamus O’Connell in the final group off the first tee carded 35 points to take the runner-up spot.
Chris Jones, going out first playing off a WHS handicap of just 2.7 (and getting his excuse in early over the rolls and coffee before play), was the leader in the clubhouse with 36 points and that score wasn’t matched until Seamus O’Connell, coming in last, finished on the same score. A countback over the back nine made Seamus the winner, taking the Gold Cup.
The runner up for the guest prize was Philip Beck but the clear winner was Charlie Richardson.
Bill Green placed his tee shot within a yard of the hole on the 3rd and sank the putt for a birdie but was pipped to the prize for Nearest the Pin by James Haines, who could only par – oh the irony!
Guest Charlie Richardson took the Longest Drive competition with a mammoth 260 yard effort on the 18th.
David Hardy, who did not play in the afternoon, recorded all the scores and, as there were several withdrawals from the afternoon round, he volunteered to find a suitable format for the 13 hole competition, which turned out to be Greensomes after all. Steven Smith and Alex Heath came third with 26 points, beaten by Rob Draisey and guest Paul Jupp to second place on a countback but the winners with 28 points were Tanya Epshteyn and Ming Geng.
The Johnson Pot – awarded to the best score by a 16+ handicap went to Brian Geddes
The Aggregate cup, for the best combined score from the Spring and Autumn meetings went to Brian Collins with 71 points