For the third consecutive Wednesday the weather changed at lunchtime introducing heavy rain which confined the big majority of golf to the morning.Gerard Marner has spent this season having either a good front or back 9 without managing to weld both together on the same round. All came good yesterday however as he lifted his first competition of the year with 41pts off 18 for a convincing 4pt winning margin. With 20pts at the turn he may have been expecting things to go awry on the way home but he went on to strengthen his position even further for his first handicap reduction of the year. This will give him some hope as he seeks to compete with the low men in his regular Sunday morning fourball.
The runners-up spot was filled by Andrew Heron who returned to form with 37pts off 20. His NRs at 1 and 13 joined a long list of NRs which have thwarted potentially good scores throughout the season and when he eventually eradicates them he will no doubt be a regular contender for podium spots.
Peter Simpson’s back 9 saw 1pt less than Andrew’s and he took 3rd place off 19. Just edged out of the prizes was Mark O’Neill who also had 37pts, off 13, but whose homeward journey yielded fewest pts of the trio on a similar score.
Mark’s twin brother John had more luck as he took the day’s gross with 28 gross pts. 6 over at the turn might have suggested the gross prize would have been beyond him, but a pair of birdies at 10 and 11 turned things around for this very steady player who is enjoying a late season flourish.