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Reigning holder Tomson in no mood to relinquish Club Championship crown

Two of the biggest competitions of the season have been played at Rutland Water.

The Anniversary Day, a celebration of 12 years since their opening day, was followed by the Club Championship where 36 holes of golf provided a test of skill and mental strength.

Teeing off early in the Anniversary Trophy was Sean Buckle who has gradually lowered his handicap to six over the last year was now ready to enter the big league, becoming a category one golfer.

Sean Buckle (11707781)
Sean Buckle (11707781)

Buckle began with a careless bogey on the first but soon solidified the round with six straight pars up to the seventh.

On the par five after two big hits, Buckle calmly rolled in a long putt for an eagle three, making the turn in one under par

And he wasn't finished there as, after a good up and down on 10 for par, Buckle made a birdie three on the 11th and followed this with seven straight pars to return with a gross score of 70 for 44 stableford points - it was an excellent score that would not be bettered throughout the day.

One point short in second place, with another quality score of 43 points, was Glenn Parkhill and in third was Steve Halfpennny with 41 points.

In the ladies section, the golf was equally as good with Nicki Lomas returning a score of 40 points.

Lomas was a comfortable winner by four points from Tracy Makey in second with 36 points and Sharon Baxter in third with 35 points.

After his victory in the Anniversary Trophy, Buckle was reduced to a handicap of 4.7 and there was a lot of talk about him being a contender for the Club Championship.

Reigning champion and five-time winner Paul Tomson, however, had other ideas and was in no mood to relinquish his trophy.

Standing on the 17th tee after four birdies and only one bogey, scratch golfer Tomson was ready to smash the course record but a loose shot off the tee cost him a bogey.

Tomson then followed this with a sloppy double bogey on the last to post a level par score of 72.

It was still an amazing score off the blue tees and good enough for a seven shot lead going into the second round on the Sunday.

In second after the first round was Mark Mackinley on 79 while Buckle could only manage 82 to lie in third, 10 off the pace.

When Sunday arrived, the wind was considerably stronger than the previous day and the scoring was not quite as good.

Tomson posted a score of 80 which in the conditions was solid enough and coasted home to a 14-shot victory with a total score of 152 as the opposition, one by one, slowly fell away.

In second was Andy Dennis and in third was Ali Lawson.

In the Ladies Club Championship, played over one round on the Sunday, Marion Clarke was victorious by one shot from Sasha Weightman.

In the nett division, Tracy Makey was victorious with a score of 71 by three shots from the up-and-coming youngster Henrietta Geddes with nett 74.

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