The threat of heavy showers didn’t put off a strong field competing for the Richmond Trophy. Perhaps it should be renamed the Wet Cup as this was rearranged from the previous months abandonment, a repeat of the last two years.
The course played very receptively making pins accessable but putting a little slower than of late and quick adjustments were needed to score well. One who enjoyed the conditions was Colin Smith. Smith adapted well opening and closing the front nine with two pars before posting a birdie at 12 and par at 13 to set up what would be a terrific 65. The 65 came shortly after Hon Secretary Steve Collins 67 which had promised so much more, his 4 hole bogey finish put the brakes on what would have been an incredible round.
Mid Afternoon starters clearly thrived on the day headed by Simon Chadwicks 66 and Phil Starkeys remarkable 67 despite taking a 10 on the 3rd. As a result Chadwick is now an 8 handicap with Starkey now enjoying playing off 6.
Despite the afternoon fightback no one could top Smiths 65 and his first major title along with a 2 shot handicap reduction.
Full results can be seen Here