Parklands Rabbits were edged into second place by hosts Crook in the fifth match of the North East Rabbits Golf Association (NERGA) Red Zone League on Saturday.
Parklands began the day joint top of the table with Crook but, as expected, the home side drew on all of their experience and course knowledge to record a second outright victory of the embryonic league campaign. The Durham based club currently lead the competition by a single point, with two contests to go at Garesfield and Stocksfield, while second placed Parklands have opened up a four point gap over nearest rivals Dinsdale Spar.
Rabbits’ debutant Dicky Rutherford and Billy Scott were the pick of the bunch with 38 points each in yet another admirable team performance. Rutherford also managed to sink a two, on one the testing par 3s, one of only three on the day, in glorious sunshine at the picturesque golf course. Special mention must also go to Ian ‘Mad Dog’ McPhillips, who was without a putter after the 11th hole of a gruelling course with unpredictable greens. The Rabbits’ big hitter had to use his seven iron for the remaining seven holes, yet still managed to come in with 31 points! An outstanding achievement!
Credit and thanks goes to Crook for providing first class hospitality and the NERGA team for providing another day of flawless administration.
Wally Cartwright, Barry Hirst, Anth Campbell, Frank Stoop and Bill Sidney also represented Parklands on the day and did Colin Davison’s mid handicappers’ side proud.
Parklands travel to Garesfield for the penultimate match of the season on August 3.