We are now at the business end of Open Week and for once the sun was shining and the temperature was more fitting for August as a we got off to an 8.20 start on a very busy day.
Our Buxton & High Peak Golf Club friends led the way and scoring amongst the early starters was steady. That all changed when the two 8:50 teams of Mark Chuwen (Cavendish Golf Club) with Club Captain, Mike Higgins and Nod Forder (Cavendish Golf Club) with his partner S Hubbard from Chesterfield began peppering the pins and rolling in birdies for fun. They seemed to spark each other on returning scores of 48 and 45 respectively. On Greens as tricky and as slick as these, that was a good marker down.
As has been the case all week, the course reviews were fabulous and credit must go to our greenkeepers Warwick, Anthony, Nick, Ian and Ian who had not only been up at the crack of dawn but had also burnt the midnight oil to ensure that the course was at its very best. This has been wholly appreciated by visitors from Kent, Devon, mid-Wales, Yorkshire and the North East and as far north as Aberdeenshire. “It’s just a gem of a course and I can’t believe some people call it short; it didn’t feel like that out there” said a visitor from Manchester.
The field was finding it tough chasing the early leaders and whilst the pin positions were probably as generous as they had been all week, many were still struggling to handle the pace and borrows. The Mickleover pairing of Andrew Jones and Clive Crocker must have thought it was their day with 45 points only to be pushed into 3rd on a card play-off. The 3.50 pairing of John Thurman and Paul Coope (Ormonde Fields Golf Club) returned to the clubhouse happy with their day’s work only to find that 46 points was just not quite enough to unseat the early leaders.
Congratulations to everybody who played and to our prize winners. Your winnings will be on account in the Proshop for use when you next visit or via Foremost golf.
1st – Mark Chuwen & Mike Higgins (Cavendish Golf Club) – 48pts – £100each
2nd – John Thurman & Paul Coope (Ormonde Fields Golf Club) – 46 – £90
3rd – Andrew Jones & Clive Crocker (Mickleover Golf Club) – 45 (CPO) – £80
4th – Malcolm Forder (Cavendish Golf Club) & S Hubbard (Chesterfield Golf Club) – 45 (CPO) – £70
5th – Steve Kelly & Tony Hubbard (Druids Heath Golf Club) – 43 (CPO) – £60
6th – Neville Green & John Hickton (Wortley Golf Club) – 43 (CPO) – £50
7th – Mick Wain & Chris Gregory (Matlock Golf Club) – 43 (CPO) – £45
8th – Kevin Bloor & John Lomas (Cavendish Golf Club) – 43 (CPO) – £40
9th – Phil Major (Cavendish Golf Club) & Ian Annable (Notts Golf Club) – 43 – £30
10th – Keith Chapman & R Clowes (Westwood Golf Club) – 42 – £20