Victorious Tony says he was always confident

Seniors winter league champion at Rutland Water Golf Club Tony Milburn Wright, right, and Derek Needham who had the best round of the day and finished in third
Seniors winter league champion at Rutland Water Golf Club Tony Milburn Wright, right, and Derek Needham who had the best round of the day and finished in third
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Rutland Water seniors winter league reached an exciting conclusion last week as Tony Wight emerged victorious with a final round of 37 points.

Tony battled an arthritic foot to record his second best score of the six-month series and a four-shot victory over Mike Rimmer, who finished in second to secure the title.

Wight said: “I was always confident I could pull a score out of the bag when I needed it the most and despite struggling with my foot I was able to battle round.

“It feels great to win and show there’s still life in the old dog.”

Derek Needham produced the best round of the day with a stunning 43 points to storm up the table into third with Paul Kirk two shots further adrift in 4th.

The ladies winter league also reached its climax with long time leader Christine Freimuth holding off a strong challenge from Sharon Jones to win by four shots.

l Chris Thomas continued his recent good form by winning both the overall and division two of the April medal with a fantastic nett 65.

In a hotly contested division, Clive Baxter finished second with a nett 67, with last weekend’s Stableford winner Daniel Rodgers in third.

It was also a superb day for Ben Stephens, who won both division 1 and lowest gross with a score of 75 nett 69.

l Rutland Water ladies played a strong Glen Gorse side away in their first match of the season.

Victories from the pairings of Marion Clarke and Francine Savigear and Jill McTaggart and Chris Illsley, together with a crucial half point from Caroline Butcher and Sally Harrington ensured a winning start to the year by a score of 2½-1½.

l The Belton Plate, which is a mixed pairs competition, was won by Robbie Pengelly and Jo Morris with a score of 39 points, one point clear of Paul Friend and Caroline Butcher in second.

Despite losing out on the victory, Paul had the consolation of winning the nearest the pin on the 12th hole with an excellent shot in to within four feet with Marion Clarke claiming the other nearest the pin prize on the 4th hole.

Former captain Tony Byers-Brown, who sponsors the trophy, said: “It’s a great curtain raiser for the season and gets everyone involved, which is what the club is all about.”