Blenheim beats the odds
- 8 October 2023
- Peter Watson
Blenheim came and conquered on Saturday (Oct 7).
The 10-person team from over the hill won our annual match by the narrowest of margins to retain the shield.
It is rare for the away team to win - particularly off our blue tees and on greens slowed by coring - but led by a marvellous net 66 from Brian Yarrall (who shot the lowest gross of the day, a 79) and a solid 71 from Tom Bainbridge, Blenheim averaged a net 76.70. This was just better than the 76.92 recorded by our larger team, which was bolstered by a net 70 from Lewis Wilson and a 71 from Bryan Ramsey.
Brian Y deservedly won the match of the day honours. Lewis was second, Tom third on countback and Bryan fourth.
They were followed by Ian Hanford (72), Suzanne Lang and Keri Kotua (74 each) and a group of five - Mick Leggett, Brent Baker, Graeme Daines, Peter Watson and Rachel Bell - on 75.
The twos money was shared by Blenheim pair Nigel Smith and Graeme Daines with one each.
Ian Hanford won the Eagles stableford with 36 points.
Lloyd Moyle topped the 9-holers with a fine 23 stablefords after shooting a 40 off the stick for the back nine, which included a two at No 11.
Our thanks go to both the Blenheim club and the Eagles for taking the time out to visit us.
Next Saturday (Oct 14) we play the semifinals of the NBS club champs, while those not involved play a net round off the blue tees which also counts towards the Barkman Trophy and the MS Ford Shootout.