Richard Lavin takes victory in Rutland Water Golf Club's Championship
Richard Lavin produced a fantastic front nine to claim victory in the biggest tournament of the season at Rutland Water Golf Club over the weekend.
Lavin led the way to take the Gents Club Championship crown on Saturday after taking just 32 shots for the first nine holes.
Despite five straight dropped shots on the last five holes, his four-under-par score for the front nine laid the foundations for his second title triumph after his maiden success in 2012.
Playing from the white tees and with some extremely tricky pin placements, the course was set up to be very tough indeed.
That was combined with gusts of wind and sharp showers which meant the players had nothing much in their favour.
After last week's score of 64, Paul Tomson was without doubt the big favourite for victory.
However, due to the tough conditions, he started slowly and never recovered.
A front nine of 40 was followed by a back nine of 39 which led to a gross score of 79 to end his chances.
Seventy nine was a popular score and was good enough on the day for a tie for second spot alongside Andy Dennis and Tom Bain.
Lavin's brilliant gross of 74 took him to glory by five shots, but his victory was not a surprise to anybody as he had lowered his handicap to two this season with a number of impressive under par scores since the start of lockdown
Winning the overall nett division was new member David Hill who carded a solid score of 90 playing off his handicap of 19 to score a victorious nett 71.
He just edged out a cluster of players by one including Lavin, Richard Miller, Craig Woolmer, Tyrone Moreno-Melear and Jimmy Rogers who all scored 72 respectively.