A PERFECT day weather-wise and with the course in reasonable condition, although a little damp, a large post New Year turnout of 53 members and 2 guests gathered for a Stableford competition. Some difficult pin positions, although somewhat offset by a number of very forward tees, was probably the main reason why scoring was fairly average. A festive season hangover may also have contributed for some. Nick Spicer in Silver Category returned the standout score of the day of 38 points, followed by Gold winner John Osborne.
The first matches in this year’s SMGS singles matchplay competition also took place. Brian Mulligan beat Paul Kelsall 5 and 4, Steve Fleet beat Ray Smithers 3 and 1, and Steve Davis had a tight win over previous competition winner Ken Flaherty, 1 up.
The day’s Stableford competition results, by category and in reverse order, were as follows:
Bronze Category: 5th Grattan Forber (29), 4th Marg Birtwistle (30), 3rd Chris Hamblett (31), 2nd Norman Padmore (35 on CB), and 1st, El Presidente Phil Birtwistle, also with 35 points.
Silver Category: 5th Pat McLaughlin (30), 4th Ken Flaherty (32), 3rd Steve Davis (34), 2nd Brian Mulligan (35) and 1st, with the best score of the day, Nick Spicer with 38 points.
Gold Category: 5th Kenny Reddington (32), 4th Barry Roehrig (33), 3rd Joost Boelhouwer (34), 2nd Tony Smale (35), and 1st, John Osborne with 36 points.
The best front 9 and not in the prizes went to Norman Cahill with 17 points, and the best back 9 to Captain Theo Boelhouwer, also with 17.
The Abacus was won by Derek Johnson.
Nearest the pins on the par 3’s (open to all) went to Linda Cain (6), Marg Birtwistle (9), Robin Eastman (13) and Barry Roehrig (17).
Our thanks go to the staff at Villamartin golf course for their contribution to the day.
Keep up to date with all SMGS matters by logging on to their website www.smgs.org or simply give Theo Boelhouwer a call on 694 494 824 to find out more about the society and its weekly golf get-togethers. Next week, January 11, they will be at Las Colinas.