Course swapping proves as popular as ever - The Evesham Observer

Course swapping proves as popular as ever

Evesham Editorial 2nd Oct, 2017 Updated: 2nd Oct, 2017   0

BROADWAY Golf Club’s members travelled to Stratford Golf Club for their annual Swap Day, leaving their course available for Stratford’s teams to enjoy.

A singles men’s Stableford was organised for the morning and a mixed Texas Scramble for the afternoon. With a whole day of events planned, large numbers of golfers were hoping for fair weather and none were disappointed as the autumn sun brought some very welcome warmth with it.

Sam McPherson topped Division One in the morning having earned a tremendous 38 points away from home. Chris Hartwell achieved a close second place on countback ahead of Chris Hands in third with 37.

Division Two was won by Dave Morris with an excellent 37 points, leaving Nathan Chambers and Mark Gledhill to take second and third places respectively with a very respectable 36 points.

Thirty-six other Broadway golfers then arrived to participate in the afternoon Texas Scramble and were also treated to some fine conditions to begin their game, but sadly a little drizzle to end it.

Bringing in an impressive 64.4 nett to clinch top position were winning team Rod and Jenny Brindley and Jim and Jan Titley.

Scoring a commendable 66.8 nett were second placed Neil Townshend and Irene Hawkes and team-mates Ian and Judith Noyce, which left Roger and Barb Buggin and partners Ange and Bill Sollis to take third with 67.1.

LATER in the week the ladies were out competing for the Martland Trophies, donated in 1975 by former member Tilly Martland.

The better ball contest was drawn for partners with one higher and one lower handicap player teaming up. There was a cool and damp start to the day but, with the weather soon improving and the course in fabulous condition, good scores were there to be made.

Storming to victory with a 68 nett were Debbie Donoghue and Kate Bellamy. In the latter’s case, this was the second year running she had been part of the winning duo.

Runners-up were Jenny Holt and Fran Andrews with 74 nett, leaving Jayne Rose and Bev Howard third with 75. Irene Hawkes and Margaret Tucker were fourth with 76 nett.

THE QUEEN and King B Trophies were next on the agenda – club competitions available for all of Broadway’s ladies and men who have competed in B team friendly matches against other regional clubs throughout the season.

The ladies’ match was played first over 16 holes on a day when the onset of winter golf was evident. The damp conditions made scoring tough but Irene Hawkes was victorious and, with 25 hard earned points, clinched the Queen B title for the second year running.

Judith Noyce was edged into second place on countback and ladies’ captain Brenda Corfield was third with 24.

The weather conditions improved slightly for the men’s King B Trophy in which Ray Cordes accumulated a fine 41 points to win the silverware.

Justin Loram earned second position with 38 points, ahead of Jim Covill in third with 37 and David Patten fourth with 36.

Also played for on the day were the Neale Wolder Tankards – donated in memory of Neale who had been a member of the club. The splendid tankards were won by captain Jim Hutchison and Guy Madgwick who had been drawn together as secret partners and whose joint scores placed them into top spot.

TO COMPLETE an extremely busy week at Broadway, the juniors competed for their League Team Cup.

Again, it was a damp and chilly start to the day, but nothing could dampen the enthusiasm of all the young competitors as they began their Stableford contest.

Jackson Wojahn-Parker found outstanding form to bring in an exceptional first placed score of 44 points.

Taking a close second place was Charlie Nettell with 42 points, ahead of third placed Ryan Wright with 39. Curtis Coane was fourth with 38.

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