Title finally settled on third extra hole

From left, Neil Armstrong, John Peyser, Craig Allan and Chris Palmer at Rutland County Golf Club
From left, Neil Armstrong, John Peyser, Craig Allan and Chris Palmer at Rutland County Golf Club
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The delayed final of Rutland County’s Winter Knockout produced a titanic, windswept struggle that could not be decided over 18 holes.

Craig Allan and Chris Palmer eventually squeezed out Neil Armstrong and John Peyser on the third extra hole.

It was a demoralising blow for Peyser and Armstrong who had eased into a comfortable halfway lead of 4-up after eight holes.

Palmer and Allan pulled their socks up with two birdies from Palmer and tenacious scrambling from Allan leaving them just 1 down on the 18th tee. A crunching drive and a flick with a lob-wedge left Palmer with a 2 foot birdie putt which he sank to tie the match and move to extra holes.

An outrageous 60-foot putt on the second extra hole from Palmer to halve the hole, knocked the stuffing out of the opposition who lost out on the next hole to a Craig Allan special – a sand save for par, with a shot and the title.

l The Men’s B team avoided a morale sapping loss at home against Orton by the narrowest of margins with a final result 3-3.

l The first ladies medal was held on April 6 and won by Jackie Cole with 95-24- 71. Joanne Cheshire (90-18-72) was second, and Suzanne Huxley (90-16-74) third.

The Ladies Ping Classic Betterball attracted a good field with the solid pairing of Imogen and Suzanne Huxley combining well to win with 39 Stableford points. Ann Milsom and Anne Shuttleworth chased them in with a creditable 37 pts.

It has been a busy start to the season for Suzanne Huxley who also partnered lady vice-captain Michelle Powell in a stunning comeback to win their 1st round tie in the Daily Mail Foursomes at home to Stoke Rochford.

Pulling back from three down with three to play, they won four holes on the bounce to progress to the next round with a 1-up victory.