Golf: Rutland Water’s Scratch team secure promotion

Rutland Water Scratch team
Rutland Water Scratch team
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Rutland Water’s Scratch team have won Division 5 of the Leicestershire and Rutland League and with it promotion for the first time in the club’s history.

It was all set up for a tense final day as the team needed to win to finish at the top of the table.

And with three matches left out on the course it was looking bleak for the leaders as they trailed 3-2 to a Beadles Lake side, who still had a chance of snatching the trophy.

However, the boys in white were determined after narrowly missing out on promotion the previous year.

And when Phil Hibbitt turned a three-down deficit into a 2 & 1 win the dream was still alive.

Graeme McNaughton, undefeated all season, gained another point by the same 2 & 1 scoreline. It was left to Steve High to secure the crucial half point in the fading light for a dramatic victory by 4 ½ to 3 ½.

Other wins on the night came from the Robbie Pengelly (4&2) and captain Marc Smith (3&2).

Smith said: “It was incredibly nerve wracking watching the final few matches but I always had faith that the boys would do it.

“I’d not only like to say a big thank you to all the guys this year but also everyone who has played for the team over the past five years since we joined the league, it really has been a great team effort to get to this point and sums up the whole spirit at this golf club.”

The Troy Anderson trophy was held for a fifth time on Saturday with a record turnout.

The swirling winds made scoring tricky, although with some exquisite approach play and an impressive 20pts on the back nine former club captain Tony Byers-Brown emerged victorious after a three way tie on 36pts.

Robbie Pengelly was second with Mike Rimmer in third.