Today was Finals Day for the Men’s Club Championship and the Seniors Handicap Trophy at Parklands and the warm dry weather ensured that the golf was of the highest quality with all the finalists putting in very strong performances. The Men’s Club Championship is matchplay played over 36 holes. The final brought together the Men’s Vice Captain, Chris Bowman and Lee Thompson who until a few weeks ago was serving us in the Club shop. There was little time to warm up, with the pair on the tee for a 07.30am start. In the early morning session, Chris carved out a lead and he was 4 up after 18 holes. The second round was a tighter match but Chris extended his lead to win on the 31st hole. It was a great competition, played with superb sporting attitude. Well done to both players; Lee who showed his undoubted potential for the near future and Chris who became Champion after being a member of Parklands since childhood. The Captain, Tess Mann, refereed the match and he finished with a grin like a Cheshire cat, so proud of both players.
The Seniors Handicap Trophy final was matchplay over 18 holes with the full handicap difference applying. The finalists were Geordie Faulder and Dickie Rutherford and with a handicap difference of one shot, they might as well have been playing off scratch. They teed off at 07.38 and the match was close. However by the 14th Dickie had opened up a 3 shot lead, which by the 17th had been pulled back to zero. So it was all down to the last hole and a shot into the bunker for Geordie and a well struck put from Dickie became the deciding factors. Mr Rutherford won 1 up. Well done to both of you for a closely fought competition.