Owen's Silver success after Cliff countback

Maureen Jamieson
Maureen Jamieson

South Cliff ladies played their September Stableford this week when the silver division proved to be a very close affair as Kate Owen (17) took first place with 33 points, though this was only after a countback.

Ruth Smith (19) matched the 33 points but lost out on the back nine. Third place went to Dawn Saul (18) with 32 points.

Gloria Pickering

Gloria Pickering

In the Bronze One Division Maureen Jamieson (24) romped home to win the division by a clear eight shots when she posted 38 points, she also saw her handicap reduced to 23.

Second-placed Clare Thompson (24) scored 30 points and just edged Sheila Thorpe (21) into third on the dreaded back nine countback, after Thorpe also made 30 pts.

Bronze Two Division was a close run thing with Brenda Foreman (34) in first place on 38 points, Chris McMahon (27) second with 37 points and third Pauline Allison (33) who finished with 35 points.

Later in the week the ladies competed in a medal competition with the added bonus of the prestigious Ladies Golf Union Brooch for the best net score of the day.

At the start of play the weather was dull but dry and not too bad to venture out to play a medal.

When the rain came it really did come in torrents, nevertheless the ladies went on undaunted and posted some very respectable scores in the adverse conditions.

A determined Gloria Pickering (14) won the Silver Division with a nett 75 and also claimed the LGU Brooch while Karen Blake (27) won Bronze One division with a nett 77.

Sheader grabs the honours after greenkeepers star

The North Cliff greenkeepers did a fine job in getting the course ready for action on Saturday after the heavy downpours on the Friday, although the soft ground made the course play very long.

On the day it was the longer handicappers who held sway and Steve Sheader (22) proved to be the best of them with an excellent score of net 68 to win the Thompson Cup.

Stephen Chambers (18) was the runner-up with a net 70 and three players finished on net 71 with Gary Hodgson (26) placed third, Dave Bevan (19) fourth and Brian Vasey (27) fifth after the count back.

Timmins and Trousdale hit form

Sunday was a better day and this time the competition format was a greensome at North Cliff, always entertaining when after the drives, the players decide which ball they wish to play and then play alternate shots.

Coping with the stress better than the rest were the partnership of Nick Timmins (8) and Alex Trousdale (17) who posted a net 65.4.

A very good score but a double bogey six at the last left them to wonder if it was good enough for the win

The pair in second place, Craig and Mark Hewitt both playing off 13 handicap posted a net 66.2, less than a shot behind.

Third place went to Adam Jackson (5) and Niall Gibb (18) on net 66.8 who struggled a little on the outward nine but had a fine back nine of 34 or level par gross, good teamwork.