County club aims to make Ninety90 a hit

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RUTLAND County will stage its own pacey version of golf with a Ninety90 Charity Knockout Challenge on August 19.

Teams of two golfers can enter and nominate a charity of their choice, and if they win the game their charity will receive £300 first prize, £150 second and £50 for first in the Plate competition. There is also a car up for grabs for a hole in one.

George Lowe at Rutland County has likened the format to the Twenty20 version of cricket and hopes it will help to attract younger players to golf.

He said: “The ultimate aim of course is to encourage newcomers to take up ‘proper’ golf and non-players to perhaps become regular spectators.”

The competition is based on five rounds of nine-hole golf. Pairs compete in a Greensomes, matchplay, 3/8 difference competition. Each match has to be completed within 90 minutes with winners of matches not completed within that timescale decided by the score when the match is timed out. In the event that scores are tied on the ninth hole or when the klaxon sounds, both teams move swiftly towards the green. Players with a handicap of 13 or less then play to the green from a white circle 60 yards from the pin and those with a greater handicap play from a yellow line 30 yards. The team whose players’ ball is nearest the pin will be declared the winner.”

For more details call Tracy on 01780 460330 or e-mail info@rutlandcountygolf.co.uk.

l RUTLAND County’s John Mason celebrated his Senior Captain’s Day with a day of good golf and some high-jinks as members raised £1,330 for Rutland Sailability.

l JOHN Chatburn won division one with 44 points, ahead of Bob Goddard on 43 and Dave Wilson on 42. Division two was claimed by Ann Butland’s 40 points on countback ahead of Alan Garner who just pipped John Phipps on 39 pts.

Bob Goddard was nearest the line on the 8th. Nearest the pins were; David Whitehead, David Park, Keith Barratt, Alan Shuttleworth and David Lynas. Best Front 9 was David Lynas’ 22 points, Best Back - Terry Loomes on 23. Kevin Whittle had best 2nd shot on the 12th, Trevor Wild was Best Guest on 37 points. Bill Ansell was left pondering his putting form on the greens after winning the putting competition and finally, true Yorkshire grit led Tony Smith to successfully forecast the 30 balls lost on the day – not all by him!

l KEITH Whittle, Rip Kirby and John Rudin won the Senior Stableford with 84 points.

l THERE are two must-win matches left in the league for the A team after seeing off the challenge of Humberstone Heights by 51/2 to 21/2.

Skipper Andy Vernon is desperate to field his best players in the remaining fixtures against Rutland Water and Breedon Priory to realise the prospect of promotion. Martin Clark lost 4 and 3, John Peyser won 3 and 1, Micheal Pressick won 5 and 4, Deggie Palmer lost 6 and 5, Chris Palmer won 5 and 4, Andy Vernon won 4 and 3, Eric Cooper halved and Craig Bryden won 3 and 2.