Greetings from Gary Thursday, 01 September 2011
Jacques Leglise Trophy
After Harrison Greenberry’s unbelievable performance at the British Boys, he was given the opportunity to represent Great Britain and Ireland in the Jacques Leglise Trophy. This is the junior equivalent of the Seve Trophy and is played over two days, with foursomes in the morning and singles in the afternoon. Great Britain and Ireland won the Trophy with an impressive 14½-9½ victory over the holders, the Continent of Europe.
After Harry’s British Boys’ win, he entered the event with high expectations and a lot of pressure, especially as the event was played at the Neguri Golf Club in Spain, in very different playing conditions to what he has been accustomed to. He did not disappoint, winning four points out of a possible four. A truly fantastic display of golf with his achieved points being vital in GB & I winning back the trophy. His wins included two foursomes victories with fellow Englishmen Nathan Kimsey – 2 & 1 and 1 up – and two singles victories – 1 up and 4 & 2.
Last Tuesday the Ladies’ section played in their annual Texas Scramble. With this being a format that is rarely played consistency goes out of the window, as attacking golf is the only way of producing a score worthy of winning. The Ladies did not disappoint with a score of 60.625 winning the day. The winning team consisted of Jenny Pullen, Jill Searle, Pippa Hope and Sue Edwards. As is usually the case in this competition, 2nd place were within a shot of the lead with a 61. This was produced by Kym Kortland, Vicky Coffin, Liz White and Jane Wayman. The team of Jackie Follett, Maureen Lilley, Elsa Gent and Ann McClure came in 3rd place with a respectable score of 63.25.
Keith Robinson won the Midweek Stableford with a fine score of 41pts. This was good enough to take Division Two by 2 points over new member Ian Davie. Shaun Goodfellow was a further shot back in third place. Division One was won by Chris Snow with a fantastic score of 40 pts. This was a double celebration for Chris as, like a number of other Juniors in our section, he received his GCSE results on the same day, performing well in both. Congratulations! The in form pair of Ben Harding 37 pts and John Cossey 36 pts completed the Division One line up in second and third respectively.
Saturday’s competition was played in strong winds presenting tough scoring conditions for the 158 man field and this was noticeable in the scoring produced. Mike Shepherd, however, battled the elements and his fine score of 38 pts was good enough to take the overall title beating Division One winner, Richard Harris, on count back. In the Division One category, Ryan Mapp and Ray Banfield were a shot further back with 37 pts, with Ryan taking 2nd place on count back. Count back was also required in Division Two, with David Leverton coming 2nd over Kevin Philips, both players achieving 35 pts. Although conditions were tough, the soft conditions were exploited on the par 3s with a total of 34 twos being recorded, so, although scoring was tricky, there was still a lot a great golf being played.