After the biblical rains during the week competitors arrived Saturday morning to a dry and well presented course. While shops at Cheshire Oaks remained closed, as well as many local roads Helsby showed little signs that any rain had actually fallen. After the rains work had been undertaken to drain the new pond that had formed in front of 17 as well as many bunkers, with greens spiked and double cut on Friday and Saturday morning. Praise indeed to our Greens Team and committee who worked to achieve a fine result. Although it played long, greens were receptive and club President Jimmy Potter was delighted to host his day and surprised by the scores that transpired.
From the early starters Mark Poland posted a remarkable 71 gross, 67 net recovering well after a double at 3. Tony Archer would follow with a 66 bettered thereafter by Eddy Cottrell who could have gone even better but suffered at 14 and 17 before posting a solid par at 18. Playing with the Captain and placing last week Simon Chadwick again showed good form to join the ever growing list of players breaking par. It appeared for a time that early afternoon starter Glen Makin would take the title after his 64 constructed with a strong front nine and steady back nine including an unlikely birdie at 15 despite finding the right side rough. Makins 64 didn’t stand long though as it was immediately bettered by Chair of Greens and all round good guy Peter Simpson who posted an unbelievably steady 69 gross, 63 net. A barrage of pars along with birdies at 4 and 5 and a dropped shot at 8 was all Simpson needed as he made a mockery of a course playing longer and harder than the card stated, with a surprising CSS of 70. Simpson took home a beautiful wine decanter and two champagne flutes care of his win and best gross thanks to the generosity of our President but most importantly his win is immortalised on Helsbys honours board.
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