Welcome to the April medal, the first competitive competition of 2017. The season kicks off from here, with the first divisional contests, the first qualification round for the EJ Harding Trophy, the first qualification round for the Captains Prize, the first Club Championship qualifier, the first Order of Merit counting event and the first round of the eclectic. The medal was played on a glorious early April day, with warm air and sun but played tough with a CSS of 71 attributed to the changing ground conditions and rampant grass repairing itself after a winter of white walkers.
So to it
The Division struggled to settle throughout the day with just 31 recorded birdies for the 32 competitors. All aside from Marcus Lightfoot who enjoyed a better than expected 77 – 9 = 68 to take the division from last weeks winner Paul Saxon who recorded a solid 74 – 4 = 70 one better than 3rd placed Captain Elect Graham Polands 82 – 11 – 71.
A similiar story i Div Two with no one able to shake off the Winter blues. The 33 competitors racked up more bogeys than birdies with 17 proving particularly tough playing 1.97 over its par. Serial Winter winner Geoff Maher took the division with a strong 84 – 15 = 69 over Roddy Snedden who took 2nd on a CPO with an 86 – 15 = 71. Eddie Coxon took 3rd again on CPO with his own 83 – 12 = 71.
The competitors in Div Three by contrast enjoyed a fruitful day with multiple breakers of par. The best of the bunch and overall on the day was Division winner Brian Kennerley with an 84 – 19 = 65 return. John Butler took 2nd thanks to his 87 – 20 = 67 two better than 3rd place on CPO Keith Ainsworth who shot 86 – 17 =69
Div Four competitors found the conditions like most tough, especially the SI 1 5th which played 2.37 shots over par. John Burke took the division thanks to his 91 -23 = 68 which included a tasty par run from 7 – 11. Two shots further back Alan Griffiths finished 92 – 22 = 70 three better than Lol Armstrongs 3rd placed 94 – 21 =73.
Full Results can be viewed Here