The course at Market Rasen Golf Club has been declared in its “best ever” state and, apart from the Timms Cup being rained off for the second time this year, August provided its members with some superb competition conditions.
The President’s Day Competitions proved the point.
The two winning Gents, Simon Desay and Robert Lancaster, were only separated by a back six countback off 39 points, and the next four places all scored 38 points.
Countbacks saw Colin Bean take 3rd place, Men’s Vice-Captain Guy Hardcastle 4th, Stuart Britton 5th and Dave Ashworth 6th.
Similarly, all three winning Ladies scored 34 points and, once again, a countback decided Jane Salt’s first place, with Kim Robinson in second and Margaret Dixon third.
For the Professional’s Prize, Joel Cant divided the field into two divisions according to handicaps.
A currently in-form Colin Law carded 38 points to win Division 1, followed by the consistent Simon Desay on 37 points and Colin Bean getting the better of a back 9 countback off 36 to just pip Mick Duke.
After struggling for most of the season, high-handicapper James Widdison came in with an excellent 42 points to win Division 2 by three clear shots from John Vernam on 39. Steve Fields was 3rd with 38 and Michael Archer 4th with 37.
Some further excellent scores were returned in the Rover Cup.
Tim Gosling played a nett 67 to win outright. Just one shot behind, second placed Tim Brumpton had a better back 9 than Roger Codd, also on nett 68. Andy Platt played steadily to take fourth place on nett 69.
Two players shot a splendid gross 76, but Gaff Elliott had the slightly better back 9 to steal the best gross prize from Steve Hewish.
Another notable performance came from Jacob Morley in the Juniors Imprint Trophy – 42 points off a 6 handicap – thereby reducing his handicap to a Category One 5.
The final Mixed Competition of the season took place on the penultimate day of August.
Colin Law with Kim Robinson shot a splendid nett 67.5 in this difficult foursomes format. Dave King and Margaret Dixon, current holders of the Ainsworth Trophy, were 2nd with nett 71, and the winners of the Phillips Family Trophy for the first time were Michael and Sue Archer with nett 74.
The week previously, Michael and Sue had faced Robert Crowe and Gill Kent in the Final of the J & J Brown knock-out competition and had to go to an extra hole before claiming victory.
Four more knock-out competitions came to a conclusion in August.
Neil Baxter beat James Widdison in the Junior Cup; Dave King beat Suresh Pillai in the 51 Club; Danny Mellor beat Pete Nash in the Ellmore Cup and Jack Robinson beat Jeff Portlock in the Sanders Trophy.
On the last day of the month, 42 Gentlemen Members brought guests to play in the second Invitation Day.
It was clear from the beginning that scores would be good, with Steve Allison and Mark Briggs returning 42 points in the first group. Steve and Mark eventually finished 4th as John and P Vernam a little while later brought in 43 points.
It looked for much of the afternoon as though Mick Duke and Steve Ayres would win with their 45 points until Neil Carmichael and his guest, R Charlton, returned a splendid three points clear 48.