Parklands’ Rabbits drew the curtain on their inaugural NERGA Red Zone League campaign at Stocksfield at the weekend. The team were only two points behind leaders Crook prior to tee off, while only a point separated third placed Dinsdale Spar from Colin Davison’s side.
Unfortunately, Parklands were up against from the off. It seemed as if there were forces of nature conspiring against the Rabbits on the day. Not only did the elements whip up a tempest at the club’s last league outing, which made an already tricky course almost impossible to play, the competition also clashed with the club’s marquee event, Captain’s Day. Several of the team had to dash up to Stocksfield, after an early morning tee, and play with less than a half an hour break in between. Not the ideal way to prepare for a team contest.
Despite this, the Parklands’ team gave it their all, but regrettably fell short on their final trip of the term. The day culminated with Parklands being squeezed out into third place, six points behind champions Crook and level on points with Dinsdale. Dinsdale took the runners up spot courtesy of more stableford points across the season.
John ‘Razor’ Raisbeck was Parklands’ top player with 33 points, while special mention must go to Iwan Owen who qualified to play in the Race to Rudding Park. The Welshman accumulated the best average stableford points total for the club over the 2013 season. Iwan gets to play against his respective NERGA League counterparts for the right to be crowned singles champion on the North Yorkshire track in October.
Dutchman Franc Stoop, who hit the longest drive on the day, also had an average of 34.6 points, but Iwan got the nod as he had played more games.
Stocksfield were great hosts while the NERGA administration team ran like a well oiled machine.
Colin Davison added: “Despite falling at the final hurdle, the club’s first adventure in the NERGA Red Zone League has been a truly enjoyable experience. The club has forged friendships on and off the course with all the clubs involved and looks forward to doing better next season. From a club perspective everyone who represented Parklands this season were great ambassadors and a credit to the club.”
Bill Sidney, Billy Scott, Anth Campbell, Colin Waldren and Ian ‘Mad Dog’ McPhillips also played on the day.