The 3rd annual Helsby Oaks scratch begin with the morning round bathed in sunshine and competitors from Helsby and afar competing to lift the bespoke Acorn trophy hand crafted by Brian West.
Alan Rigby continued his recent good form to take the lead after the first 18 holes, another sub par round of 69 despite a drop shot at 15 saw him take the half way lead, 3 shots better the chasing pack. Visitor and previous member Carl Moore fared well on his return after turning in a disappointing 40 Moore settled on the back to post 75 and stay in the mix. Jaime O’Connors first round was a mixed bag after opening with a bogey a birdie on 7 and a double on 13 O’Connor would complete a frustrating 77 1st round total. Simon Pay and Sam Long would offer the nearest challenge to Rigbys lead, with rounds of 72 and 73 respectively. Long fading on the back after a level par 36 and Pay fighting back after a 38 front.
Round 2 was Rigbys to lose starting with his 3 shot advantage. Moores challenged faded and a 150 total after equaling his mornings 75 gave him a 4th place finish. Visitor Martin France came charging through the field to finish 7th overall on 154 making up for his first round disappoint with an afternoon 73. Long struggled to replicate his morning front nine completing the 2nd round in 76 however this was still good enough to claim 3rd place overall. Simon Pay also failed to follow and improve his morning round going one worse to finish on 145 and claim 2nd overall. The Afternoon certainly played harder, with 1st round leader Rigby finishing 3 shots worse off with a 72 which was still best of the Afternoon scores. This gave Rigby a 4 shot victory and the Helsby Oak presented by Captain Steve Cunniffe.
1st round results Here
2nd round results Here
Overall Results Here
Nett Results Here