Played over two rounds with the first held in conjunction with the Ex-Captains putter the Scratch Cup gives club players their only chance to compete in a gross only medal format. This title is steeped in history and keenly contested with many a player putting in hours of relentless practice in the weeks leading up to to it.
So the first round took place on Saturday 20th August, players needed to put down a marker to take into Sundays final round which was played in reverse score order. One of the pre competition favourites, Charlie Fletcher, was unable to put together a round like he has done countless times this year, an 83 all put saw off his chances for this Year. Likewise Simon Pay who is dominating the OOM with Fletcher had a day to forget as he signed for a disappointing 82, three was than brother Jordan who had his own woes to contend with. Jon Sharpe carried his late season form through to shoot a level par 70 and claim a place in the final group alongside Mark Stoneley who battled hard for his 74. Making up the threesome was first round leader Tom Rowland who carded an impressive 68, 2 under par, thanks to 6 birdies, to hold a nervy 2 shot lead overnight.
So round two, giving players a chance to go for gold, or consolidate Saturdays round and finish as high up as possible. Jon sharpe was unable to follow his strong 1st round after posting a 78 he would finish 3rd overall. Mark Stoneley faired one worse than Saturday with a 75 to finish in 4th with a 149 total. Alan Rigby would sneak ahead of both and follow on from his gross Captains Prize victory to post 73 on the day and claim 2nd place overall with a 148 total. Taking 1st place and the 2016 Scratch Trophy was Tom Rowland by a margin of 11 shots adding a 3 birdie and 2 bogey steady round of 69 to his 1st round 68 to post a 137 total.
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