Ian sets an unbeatable score

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Father and son pairing Ian and Paul Rice went out last and shot the two best scores of the day as the weather eased off towards the end of the February Medal at Rutland County.

Only six players returned sub-par net scores, so Ian’s 82-18-64 was an exceptional score for first place and a two-shot handicap reduction.

Son Paul came in second on 83-17-66 while Tony Reilly’s round of net 68 for third spot was outstanding given his 7am start in a strong wind.

The Pairs Betterball Medal saw some cracking scores in benign conditions, with players enjoying a course that belies the recent poor weather.

Winners Andy Vernon and Craig Allan combined nicely to score net 63 - despite being Spurs and Arsenal fans.

Rick Collins recorded a net Albatross on the par 5 16th hole but, despite he and his partner Chris Palmer thinking they had won with net 62, suffered a one shot penalty and then lost out on countback for second spot.

Rod Goss and Phil Drury finished third on net 64.

l The Ladies interest in the Mail on Sunday contest ended early despite a top performance from Trish Clarke who won 7&5 against a visiting scratch player.

The team lost by 3 ½ to 1½ against Greetham Valley.

l The seniors’ first Stableford of the year produced some outstanding scores.

Results: Division 1 - 1st Bob Billinger 43pts; 2nd John Rudin 41pts. Division 2 - 1st Ralph Baker 47th; 2nd Mike Pell 41pts.

A field of 32 took part in the two from three roll-up competition, which was won with runaway total of 82 points leaving closest rivals seven points behind - a terrific score considering the conditions. The winning trio were: Cliff Knapp, Gerry McIntyre and Kevin Whittle.