Record round gives Illsley victory

Christine Illsley EMN-140923-141436001
Christine Illsley EMN-140923-141436001
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Christine Illsley won the ladies September medal at Rutland Water Golf Course with an incredible score of 92 net 64.

It is the lowest net score ever recorded by a lady in a medal at the club and was a round described by Illsley as “my best ever.”

The round started in great fashion with a holed chip shot on the first and this momentum was carried on with three pars in the next six holes. Illsley knew she was going well at the turn, but approached the back nine with a certain amount of trepidation as her good play has often deserted her on this half of the course.

However, a steady bogey at the 10th and a par at the 11th got the nine off to a good start and when a long curving putt dropped at the 13th, Illsley had the feeling that this might be her day.

A par at the long par five 16th set her up for a strong finish and when the final putt went in at the last the fantastic score was posted.

Afterwards a delighted Illsley said: “Normally my round falls apart on the back nine but fortunately today I was able to keep it together and in fact scored better.

“This is a very friendly place to play golf, without pressure and with my playing partners Mel Colston and Francine Savigear, we just had fun.”

Illsley has now been cut three shots down to a 25 handicap. Izzy Smeaton was second with a nett 68 and Marion Clarke third with a net 71.

l It has been a very good month for scoring at the club as Steve Short won the men’s equivalent with an 81 net 65.

Short recorded an impressive 10 pars in his round and finished two clear of Tom Little in second with a 78 net 67 and Peter Reilly was third with an 87 net 69.

Paul Tomson had the lowest gross score of the day with a level par round of 72.

l In the September Stableford, Gerry Reilly recovered from a disastrous start with a blob on the first and a bogey at the second to score 42 points and a four point victory.

Ten handicapper Gerry bounced back with birdies at the third and sixth and only dropped two shots on an almost flawless back nine.

Paul Friend chipped in on the 14th on his way to second place with 38 points and with the help of three consecutive birdies on the back nine. Marc Smith was third also on 38 points.

Smith was able to keep this form going the following week by winning the final roll up of the year with 24 points which included three birdies and a holed 50 yard pitch for eagle at the par 5 eighth.

l It has once again been a very successful run of Tuesday night competition as a record number of 95 players have played in the fun evenings throughout the summer.

In the seniors section, Richard Knight won the monthly stableford with a great score of 44 points.

Knight, who is the lowest handicap player in the section, was level par for the last seven holes of his round and edged out last month’s winner Trevor Harrington by a point who again saw his handicap cut with 43 points. Bob Sachs was third with 41.

l In their only match of the month, stand-in Tim Beck led the team out away against Greetham Valley seniors.

Unfortunately for Beck and partner Jim Graham, life proved too tough at the top and they lost by 7&5. Second pair out John Sansome and David Saunders suffered the same fate, losing by 3&2.

With a flurry of birdies from Bob Sachs and nearest the pin from Tony Purkis, this pairing were able to claw a point back for the away side and when John Hill and Paul Kirk won their match by 8&7, the match was all tied up.

When the fifth pairing of Richard Lawrence and Sam Robinson lost by 5&4 it was left to Rutland Water’s final pair Alun Edmunds and Edwards Golland to get something from the day. They duly obliged, winning 4&3, leaving the scoreline at a very sociable 3-3.