The height of Summers accelerated grass growth was evident as players found little run on the fairways and trouble for balls that missed it. A pleasant morning breeze turned into a punishable afternoon swirling wind placing a premium on the short game with missed greens aplenty.
Leading the competitors were Jim Jones and Helsby early bird Tony Archer who was eager for more after last weekends strong Captains prize finish. Unfortunately Archer couldn’t build on last week, finishing a frustrating round with 30 points. It was a different story however for Jones who only played the 2nd day of Captains. Jones accumulated a one better than par 7 points for the first 3 holes before battling at 4 to save 1 point and keep a blob off his card. Regrouping at 5 to collect another 3 points Jones could afford a slip up on 6 as his second 1 pointer of the round was recorded. Then began a 5 hole run for Jones who collected 12 points to go with an excellent back 6 15 point return and a competitive 39 points overall. Jones managed to complete his round and drive to Cornwall all before the final 3 ball had putted out.
Another to take advantage of the good morning conditions was Steven Roberts. A 19 point front nine was immediately followed by birdies at 10 and 12 preceding a strong 5 hole run leaving Roberts on the 18 tee with a haul of 37 points. Unfortunately 18 would claim its first victim with Roberts unable to gain the par that would have seen him join Jones on 39 points, instead he signed for 38. Like Roberts Alan Paynter from the early starters would find himself on the 18th tee with 37 points thanks to a steady front nine 20 points, a level point collection from the corner and an extra point collected on 14. Paynter would be another to fall victim to the front pin position on 18 taking his 1 point and signing for a solid 38 points overall and 3rd on CPO. Mid morning starter Jim McAllister decided to do things differently as he started out with 16 points on the front before returning with an excellent 21 including an elusive par at 18. McAllister would eventually finish 4th overall.
The Afternoon starters struggled with the change in wind with only Scott Butler able to better 36 points, shooting 37 despite a shot missed put on 18.
Jim Jones went on to claim this Years Whitbread Trophy by one from Steven Roberts who pipped Alan Paynter into 3rd via a CPO.
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