Woolley beats the breeze at Rutland County

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Stamford golfer Pete Woolley was the only player to shoot a net sub-par when Rutland County Club’s April medal was contested in high winds last week.

The conditions – almost unplayable at times with the standard scratch going out to 74 - would have seen most professionals heading for the hills but Woolley ground out 82-12-70 to win Division 1, ahead of Roger Overton on net 73 and Pete Siciliano on 74.

Bob Haynes, who scored many half-centuries during his cricketing career at Uffington, shot 51 on the front nine but rallied with a battling 39 on the inward nine, despite a seven on the 10th, to shoot 90-15-75 for victory in Division 2 and the lowest gross.

Haynes, was delighted with the win, his first at County and said: “After the 10th, I couldn’t do anything wrong.”

Ian Rice came in second with 93-16-77 and Taff Magill followed him with 92-14-78.

County’s C team recorded a thumping 6-0 win at home in the local derby against Greetham Valley.

Skipper Roger Overton and Cliff Knapp won 3&2; club captain Kev Moxham and Martyn Gatehouse won 4&3; Mike Powell and Andy Vernon won 3&2; Rick Collins and Chris Palmer won 4&3; Gerry McIntyre and Jordan Paylor won 1up; and David Rippin and Alan Shuttleworth used their combined wisdom to win 6&5.

The B team lost 4½-1½ away at Burghley Park with heavy losses for Chris Bower and Phil Drury, and Mike Powell and Martyn Gatehouse. Dave Waddell and Craig Allan halved as did Rod Goss and Mark Durno. Andy McGettigan and Andy Vernon lost 2&1 with Kev Moxham and Pete Siciliano halving.

The Ladies Spring Meeting was won by in-form Jackie Cole on 39 points, ahead of Imogen Huxley with 38 points.

Trish Clark re-discovered her form to come third on 36 points.

Michelle Powell and Suzanne Huxley marched into the third round of the Ladies Daily Mail Foursomes by beating Greetham Valley on the first extra hole.

In the Mixed Knockout Jackie Cole and Cliff Knapp overpowered Anne and Keith Burnett 5&4 while Andy Vernon and Craig Allan disposed of Melton golfers Phil Curtis and Steve Goddard 4&3 in the second round of the Gents Daily Mail.

Rutland County Golf Club Seniors

The second medal qualifier of the season saw 56 members take to the white tees.

Division 1: 1st - Ralph Baker (net 67); 2nd - Alan Kydd (net 71 c/b); 3rd - Peter Stokes (net 71 c/b).

Division 2: 1st - Michael Pell (net 70); 2nd - Vic Pheasant (net 71 c/b); 3rd - Mat Kunen (net 71 c/b).

Thursday’s roll-up took the unusual format of 3-2-1 with 29 members led by the winning trio of Keith Sargeson, Arthur Dethick and Kenny Windsor with a total of 82 points.

Forty-nine players entered the Senior’s Individual Stableford competition. The leading trio for the day: 1st Geoff Osborne (41pts); 2nd John Killin (38pts); 3rd Tony Stables (37pts).

Greetham Valley v Rutland County Seniors

Results: John Phipps & Gerry Webb lost 8&7; Barry Cheshire & Ron Snape lost 2&1; Ian Barron & Rob Elliott won 3&2; Tony Whiting & Arthur Dethick won 3&2; Dick Wray & Alan Garner won 2&1; Ray Taylor & Ron Jenkins halved; John Chatburn & Mat Kunen lost 2&1; John Rudin & Terry Loomes lost 2&1.