It was the climax of all stroke rounds of the year today with the playing of the all important Medal of Medals competition which had been postponed from early November due to wet weather. To qualify in the play off for this prestigious event, one has to have won a Monthly Medal of which their are eight in total throughout the year contested over three divisions.
The Medal of Medals, however, is only played in one division and the winner is the player with the best nett score within the competition. The members who were not qualified to take part in the medal event played in the stroke competition in three divisions.
The members approached the course with mild reluctance this morning as the rain drizzled in creating a very dull and misty atmosphere at the outset. It was obvious the competition would go ahead despite the wet as it was the last opportunity in the year that the game could be scheduled, so the umbrellas were raised, the rain jackets and hats were donned ready to brace the elements. All these accoutrements were quickly abandoned after a few holes as the weather lifted, providing very pleasant conditions for the rest of the day.
A close contest ensued in the Medal of Medal stakes with the early players Sue Hunter, Sandra England and Jill Levi all coming in with a nett 74. Perhaps it would go down to the wire and be decided on a countback! However, it was to be a definitive victory in the end when Wendy Phillips trumped the field with a strong performance to take the Medal of Medal honours with a 71 nett.
Wendy was presented with her Gold Medal together with a wine goblet generously sponsored by Lyn Hatchman and told the gathered members that she was absolutely thrilled to have achieved this milestone which has taken her 40 years to do so. It was thoroughly deserved, well done Wendy.
In the Stroke competition Sandra England took out the division 1 top score with 74 on a count back from Jill Levi. Wendy Phillips received double honours today with a win in Division 2 with 71 followed by Jenny Brown in second spot with 79 nett. Margaret Ford played a solid game to claim top honours in Division 3 with a neat 72 nett and Ellen Ryan was runner up with a tidy 76 nett.
Sue Hunter 74; Donna Hewat 76 and Kirsten Themsen 81.
Nearest to the Pins
4th Hole – Division 1 Sue Hunter; Division 2 Wendy Phillips; Division 3 Lyn Hatton.
12th Hole – Division 1 not awarded; Division 2 Jenny Brown; Division 3 not awarded.
Next Thursday is the culmination of the competition for 2020 with our Closing Day competition followed by a Christmas luncheon and prize presentation. The day’s competition is a Par 3 team event using only 3 clubs. It will be a lot of fun as well as a challenge. Good Luck all.