Although it sounds like a place in Golfing nightmares the Shankland Trophy is actually named after a former member who was the driving force behind the purchase of the fist nine holes from BICC. As the wind down of the Summer begins the Shankland is one of the last chances for members to get their name on the honours board for 2016.
Again weather forecasters got it wrong and the field were treated to a dry day with a slight breeze. From the early groups Jack Carroll was enjoying his round, the 10 handicap went out in 40, bogying the odds and parring the evens, before returning in 38 to give him a 76 – 10 = 66 total. Carl Robinson looked at times like he might match Carrolls score despite his devils own start of 6,6,6 he fought back to turn in 46. 1 over through the triangle Robinson was in the mix before a double at 13 and triple at 16 saw his challenge fade out. Paul Halliwell was another to move within striking distance of Carrolls lead, 4 better than his handicap on 18 Halliwell had a last hole to forget with an 8 putting his chances to bed, he would still go on to shoot a strong 72.
Mid competition starter Alan Rigby had not only the Shankland Trophy to compete for but also a place in the Club Championship, getting to busy early with a birdie on the 1st. A further birdie at 7 setup a one under 35 at the turn. A 2 at the 11th was set off against bogey at 17 on the back and a total of 69 – 3 = 66 gave Rigby a 2nd place behind clubhouse leader Carroll on a CPO. The stage was now set for new Helsby member David Bunting to claim his maiden title. A par, par start was quickly forgotten for Bunting who then went triple, double at the hard 3rd and 4th holes. Unfazed however Bunting parred the SI1 5th hole to go out in a level par nett 44 strokes. A strong 1 over around the corner before dropping two shots from 13 – 15 saw Bunting 6 shots better than his handicap, however the card wrecking 17 and 200 Yard Par 3 18th now faced him. Showing nerves of steel Bunting bogeyed 17 and stood on the 18th unbeknownst another bogey was enough to take the title. Landing short of the green Bunting chipped onto 15ft and had a hassle free 2 putt to take the spoils and have his name immortalized on the Clubs Honours boards.
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