The race for the North East Rabbits Golf Association (NERGA) Red Zone League championship will now go down to the wire after the penultimate game of the season at Garesfield threw Parklands’ title challenge wide open.
Favourites, Crook and Parklands, both missed great opportunities to get a stranglehold on the title, in its inaugural campaign, after they struggled against the elements, challenging course and unpredictable greens at the weekend. Both sides had to settle for third and fourth place, respectively, on the day, while Dinsdale Spar took advantage of their rivals’ below par performances to triumph and mount a late challenge on the final day of the season, which is to be staged at Stocksfield.
Dinsdale, who have been hanging on to Parklands’ coattails from the beginning of the new term, took seven points, while hosts Garesfield finished second with six points, Crook took five and Parklands claimed four points. The NERGA League table now sees leaders Crook enjoy a two point cushion over Parklands, while Dinsdale trail their second placed opponents by one point in third.
Mr Consistency, Anth Campbell, once again, excelled for the Rabbits, top scoring with 35 points on a difficult track. Tommy Watson, meanwhile, returned to the warren and posted his best score this term for the team and claimed a bottle of whiskey in a closest to the pin contest on the par 3, 18th. Mention, must also go to Colin Davison who acquitted himself admirably on his first Rabbits’ outing.
Another memorable day was enjoyed by all, despite the team not performing to its true potential. Garesfield were great hosts for the day, while the NERGA team ensured everything ran smoothly once again.
Davy York, Colin Waldren, John Raisbeck, Dicky Rutherford and Billy Scott, also represented Parklands on the day.
The photo shows Tommy Watson picking up his nearest the pin prize.
Parklands travel to Stocksfield for the final match of the season on September 1. A sheet will be in the foyer for those interested in representing the club next week.