As the days shrink so do the numbers playing and just 34 players competed in this week’s Wednesday Sweep. There has been so much recent rain on the course that it might not have been a big surprise if it had shrunk too, but because of the conditions play was restricted to 14 holes.
Gerard Marner has had a very frustrating year with his form erratically peaking and troughing both during and between rounds. The onset of autumn seems to have got things back on an even keel and he has registered three outright wins and a runners-up spot in the last few weeks, the latest victory coming in the Wednesday Sweep with 31pts off 12. His game is certainly in very good shape at the moment and on the few occasions when he did threaten to drop a shot he managed to hole good putts to save the day.
The runners-up spot went to Maurice Turnbull, 19, who also had 31pts. He will reflect on a pair of double bogeys at 14 and 15 which saw him miss out on victory on the back 7. This was his second runners-up finish in a couple of weeks so he seems to be warming up for his customary winter wins.
Michael McHugh, 19, was the third player on the day to return 31pts and he must still be wondering how he only managed to finish 3rd. A birdie at 8 had helped him score 20pts after the first 7 holes to leave him 6 under handicap at the turn. He improved things still further with a nett birdie at 11 to leave him 7 under handicap with 5 holes to go. He then sandwiched a double bogey between NRs over the next 3 holes and had to settle for 3rd place.
The best gross score of the day was returned by David Erwin whose closing birdie saw him return 24 gross pts.