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Race for honours gathers pace in Toft Golf Club's Winter Eclectic competition

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Following the four-week lockdown it was fantastic to see so many people back on the course at Toft Golf Club from early December and also getting familiar with the new world handicap system introduced nationally last month.

Three more rounds of the Seniors Winter Eclectic have been played this month which is decided over the course of 10 rounds.

Forty-one players turned out to contest the second round and the winner was Bob Gore with a fine display of 36 points despite not scoring on the 15th and 16th holes.

Pictured from the left in festive attire are senior golfers Kevin Clayton and Dave Bailey.
Pictured from the left in festive attire are senior golfers Kevin Clayton and Dave Bailey.

Countback was needed to separate the chasing pack with Ken Wilkin in second place with 33 points, followed by Mark Gould.

Thirty-nine players turned out to contest the third round with the forecast for rain which thankfully stayed away.

The winner was Barry Patrick with a tremendous round in the conditions with 38 points.

Barry Harriman was in second place on 37 points while taking third place was Dave Aspinall with 36.

With better weather forecast, the fourth round attracted a much larger field with players dressing in festive attire.

Lew West had an excellent round to take the honours with 39 points.

Countback was required to separate second and third positions with Tony Cushing finishing in third place with 37 points behind Colin Pearce.

Members remembered Tony Haslam who passed away three years ago.

Tony will always be fondly remembered for the hat with all the trimmings he always wore during this competition and this was put on display on the Topiary bush outside the clubhouse.

Nearly 50 members of the section took part in this year’s four-club stableford competition earlier in the month.

Players were only allowed to play with four clubs, one of which had to be a putter, but scoring was particularly high and certain players were left wondering whether they should permanently play with so few clubs.

The winner with an impressive score of 36 points was Jim Cunningham while David Smith took second spot on countback from Paul Smith on 34 points.

The Pro Shop organised a mixed Christmas Cracker which included a complimentary snack from the Pink Pod for all players who entered.

The Saturday nine-hole competition was won by John Warner with 15 points followed by Jim Wildish with 14 points.

Seventy-nine players took part in the Saturday 18-hole competition with Phil Mason leading the field with 44 points, four ahead of Neil Oglesbee. In third place was Daniel Hines with 39 points ahead of Patrick Logan on countback.

The impressive scoring continued on Sunday and countback was required to separate the top two positions with James Morgan in second place and Martin Blackwell taking the honours both with 39 points. In third place was Vivien Chappell with 37 points.

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