Bob celebrates after a strong finish at Rutland Water

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The Chalkie White Bogey competition, named as a memorial to one of the clubs most respected members, was played on Saturday using a bogey format where competitors play matchplay against the course.

Mike Donaldson thought he had done enough to win the title after setting the early pace and finishing with a 6up score (fantastic gross 70), however Bob Dent came storming home, paring four out of the last five holes, to win the competition on 7 up.

Bob said: “I can’t believe I’ve won and finishing the way I did to end 7up makes it all the sweeter, although I think I will have something stronger (than 7up) to celebrate.”

The consistent Paul Friend was third ending 4up on the course.

There was also some great golf played on Sunday at the club, with the Alternative Stableford being won by 7 handicapper Richard Lavin on 41 points. Richard Payne was second on 39 and David Bowie (no relation) third with 38.

l Rutland Water Seniors played their first home match, second of the season, against Thorney Lakes last Monday winning 4½-1½.

Good wins by Tony Wright and Derek Needham 4&2 and 1up victories by pairs Bob Sachs and Dennis Hand, Robin Teesdale and Paul Kirk and Barry Read and John Sansome and a surprising half by Jim Graham and Tim Beck after leading by five holes going down the 10th fairway.

The only blemish of the day was a loss by John Hill and captain David Lloyd Williams, who said “It was a good job I had a strong team around me.”