Rutland County members battled it out for the Director’s Trophy in breezy conditions which suited winner Alan Shuttleworth just fine.
Shooting 81-12-69, one of only three sub-par rounds of the day, Shuttleworth hit a birdie on the 18th to edge out Deggie Palmer who shot 76-6-70.
Veteran Gerry McIntyre had a solid round, recovering from for a horrid 10 on the 8th, to shoot 87-13-74 and take third place.
Chris Bower managed to keep his ball on the 8th fairway and claimed the longest drive, while Palmer was nearest the pin on the 17th but missed his birdie putt, gifting the entire 2’s fund to a delighted Dave Waddell.
Style-icon Flo Lawrence was awarded the best-dressed award and Packa Risi was grateful for his ‘Most in need award’ – a lesson with club pro Jasen Barker. Risi did at least, however, complete his round.
Presenting the awards, club manager Steve Lowe praised the condition of the greens and fairways, and promised further course re-modelling over the coming weeks to help speed-up play.
l Rutland County C team took a much-needed, morale-boosting 3½-2½ vicory against North Luffenham.
Results: Phil Drury and John Chatburn halved, Dave Rippin and Graham Cole lost 5&3, Jordan Paylor and Packa Risi won 3&2, Gerry McIntyre and Josh Paylor lost 5&4, Pete Dawson and Alan Shuttleworth won 3&2, Kevin Moxham and Cliff Knapp won 2&1.
l The trio of Joe Smith, John Phipps and Ralph Baker won the seniors’ 2 from 3 competition with 86 points.
Doubles winners were Peter Stokes and Les Dickinson while Phil Davis and Geoff Emery were winners in the singles competition.
The Seniors were soundly beaten 7–1 by Burghley Park.