Vance blitzes back nine to secure club championship

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Nick Vance shot a superb 77 to win the Club Championship by three shots at Rutland Water Golf Club.

Playing off the blue tees, which extends the championship course by 600 yards, Vance plotted his way brilliantly around the course, in blustery and wet conditions, requiring just 12 putts on the back nine.

After being crowned champion for the second time, he said: “It feels great to be Club Champ, especially as there were so many good players competing.”

However, Vance was beaten into second place for the net prize by Andy Brand who finished with a net 73, one clear of Vance’s 74.

Liz Pengelly returned to form with a bang by winning the ladies club championship with a fantastic gross 84 net 68.

Liz, who has struggled since having shoulder surgery, said: “It has been a long road back to full fitness and it feels great to be able to swing the club properly again. To win was an amazing bonus.”

Rutland Water’s first team has continued its 100 percent record in the Leicestershire and Rutland scratch league to remain top of the table with a 6½-1½ win at closest rivals Beedles Lakes.

The top four players of Nick Vance, Paul Tomson, Marc Smith and Robbie Pengelly gave the team a solid base, all recording convincing wins and victory was ensured by Graeme McNaughton and Phil Hibbitt.

Sam Busby secured a half point with Ben Stephens losing a tight contest on the 18th.

Captain Marc Smith said: “I would have been happy to come away with a point. It was an amazing effort by the players.”

At the midpoint of the season the team are three points clear at the top of table.