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Paul Tomson win the title at Rutland Water's Club Championships

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Paul Tomson triumphed for the seventh time in the Rutland Water Club Championships over the weekend.

Tomson regained the trophy he lost last year to fellow scratch golfer Richard Lavin by securing a three-shot victory.

With the course set up immaculately and drenched in glorious warm sunshine, the competitors couldn’t ask for more in what is ultimately the biggest and most important event of the year.

Paul Tomson on the 13th tee.
Paul Tomson on the 13th tee.

Tomson had a slight advantage of three shots after a strong opening round on Saturday.

He carded 73 in comparision to Lavin’s solid showing of 76 in what was impressive scores by the duo playing from the very back blue tees with the course measuring close to 7000 yards.

With the next competitor - Sean Buckle - sitting seven shots behind it was developing into an intriguing two-horse race for Sunday’s final round.

Setting off quickly on Sunday, Tomson bagged two early birdies and after four holes he had established a five-shot aggregate lead.

Seemingly in cruise control at this point, Tomson’s concentration slipped and after 11 holes and two double bogeys back-to-back, Lavin had a two shot lead that was gained by some solid golf and a consistent run of pars.

Tomson came back on the 12th hole with a birdie two on the tricky par three to get within one and, when Lavin hooked his tee shot on the 13th, leading to a disastrous treble bogey eight, Tomson regained a two shot lead.

Four pars in a row then ultimately sealed victory for Tomson with both competitors carding the same score on the Sunday.

In the Nett division, played on the Saturday over just one round, it was Mark Lomas who came out on top overall with a score of 91-21=70.

That was good enough for a one shot victory over George Reilly on 71 while in third was Andy Slane with 72.

Ladies club champion Liz Pengelly, right, along with Sue Ker, left, and ladies captain Jane Houghton, centre.
Ladies club champion Liz Pengelly, right, along with Sue Ker, left, and ladies captain Jane Houghton, centre.

Full nett result: Division One - 1 Jimmy Rogers 83-10=73, 2 Paul Tomson 73+02=75, 3 Mark Mackinlay 85-10=75; Division Two - 1 George Reilly 83-12=71, 2 Andy Slane 83-11=72, 3 Fraser Sutherland 90-16=74; Division Three - 1 Mark Lomas 91-21=70, 2 Tony Wright 99-24=75, 3 Bill King-Smith 97-21=76.

In the Ladies Club Championships, played over one round on the Sunday, it was last year’s winner Liz Pengelly who successfully defended her title after a gruelling round in 30
degrees heat.

With a strong turn-out and a really open field this year, Pengelly played some solid golf to finish just three over her handicap, guaranteeing a two shot victory over Nicky Lomas in second place. Third was ladies vice-captain Sara Glover a further shot back.

This was the fifth time that Pengelly has won the coveted title but the first time she has defended it making it a little more satisfying.

Winning the nett competition was Sue Ker with a score 71, just edging out Nicky Lomas again with a score of 72.

Credit must go to the greenstaff this year as the course was set up tough but fair and the condition, especially the greens, has been superb since the club returned back from lockdown in April.

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