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Stunning success for Montgomery in seniors medal match

Connor Mousley proved to be a model of consistency as he triumphed in the Rover Cup mixed competition which was contested on the Lakes course at Greetham Valley on Sunday.

Mousley (26) scored an amazing 43 points after a solid showing with the exception of the eighth where there was a failure to score - although a seven on the last took a little gloss off an otherwise exceptional round.

Ken McCann (11) scored 41 points to take second spot with another succession of pars and birdies and it was only the 16th, where he carded a seven, which was a minor blot on his round.

Connor Mousley (9394587)
Connor Mousley (9394587)

Adam Clegg (four) scored 40 points to take third place and was particularly strong on the back half which he completed in one under gross, thanks to birdies on 15 and 18 and recorded a total of 13 pars in total.

Ellie Haughton was the highest placed among the ladies with 38 points, followed by Yasmin Bass on 35.

Ellie (two) played the front half in gross par thanks to an eagle on the fifth hole to counteract bogeys on seven and nine but exceeded that performance on the return as she carded three birdies to complete the back half in regulation.

Yasmin (27) was close to achieving a much higher score but was undone on three holes which pegged her back.

The second team had a really tough day on Saturday as Storm Hannah battered all the players with 50mph winds and driving showers.

Playing at home for the first time, Greetham were drawn against last year's winners Belton Park and were expecting and got a really hard game.

The first pair of Lee Martin and Darren Want struggled manfully and were ultimately delighted to record a good half.

With five of the matches going down to the final hole, there was tension among all the team.

Darren Houghton and Harry Sargood provided an excellent win while Dan Kettle and Alex Barnett and Craig Allan and Paul Thwaites notched valuable halves.

Despite the valiant effort by all the team, they ultimately went down 3.5-2.5.

The seniors section played their April Medal and there was a stunning win for Eddie Montgomery (eight) who has hit a golden run of form as he scored nett 66 thanks to two birdies and 12 pars to finish at two over gross.

Close behind him was Steve Orton (11) who totalled nett 67 as he finished at six over gross with a succession of pars and nothing worse than bogeys.

Third spot went to Ian Taylor (19) who also had a nett 67 but a disastrous final hole (where he took a nine) spoilt what would have been a winning score.

In the nine hole qualifier Rod Wells, Peter MacDonald-Pearce and Barry Tillotson had a real tussle as only one point separated them with Rod eventually prevailing.

Eddy Montgomery was at it again the following day - playing off his new handicap - as he took fourth place in the Midweek Stableford with 37 points when he was beaten on countback by Joe Sargood (six).

Joe played the back nine in only one over gross (thanks to a birdie on the 17th) but it was a double bogey on the ninth that spoilt an otherwise impeccable card.

Runner-up was Pete Bagshaw (eight) who scored 39 points in a round which was level par until the ninth tee where a double bogey knocked his confidence a bit.

The return half was very similar with one double bogey (on 13) and a host of pars.

The overall winner, with 41 points, was Derek Clark (20) who stormed around the course and who ought to have scored better still as this included a failure on the 11th.

The seniors section played a par-bogey competition on the Valley course and there was a very welcome win for Fred Want (21) who scored an excellent +5 score thanks to some really steady play in the middle section of the course.

In second spot was Keith Stafford (13) on +4 who scored 10 pars and had only one hole worse than a bogey (on the 10th).

In third place was Tim Howlett (17) who totalled +2 after a curate's egg of a round with a mix of birdies (two), pars (six) and rather more double bogeys than he wished for.

In the nine hole stableford competition this week, Barry Tillotson came out top with 15 points.

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