Club results for April 23, 2022
Andy Isle gave himself a belated 60th birthday present by shooting a stellar 71 off the stick on the way to recording a comprehensive win in the second round of the Brebde Senior/Junior on Saturday.
Playing off the blue tees with junior partner Paul McCrae, Andy was on song from the start against a powerless Peter Watson and Jack Denton. Eight pars plus a chip-in birdie at No 8 saw him go out in 35. Another birdie up the hill at No 13 was follow by his only bogey blemishes at No 14 and No 15 before he finished with a flourish by birdieing No 3, his last hole, after an outrageous driver from under a tree following a wayward drive to the back of the green and an unerring 16-foot putt. That gave him a simply unbeatable net 61, marked by accurate driving and iron play and some deadly clutch putting.
It was Andy's first under-par score for ``a very long time'' and what made it more surprising is that it came after a recent bout of Covid and some indifferent form which had seen his handicap drift out to 10.
With his partner Paul a happy passenger, they soon recovered from losing the first hole to cruise to a 4/2 win, despite Jack posting a net 71.
Joining them in the semi-finals next Saturday (April 30) are Steve Russell and Phil Brennan who left it late to get the better of Aaron Kotua and Andrew Craig 2/1, with Steve proving the difference with a handy net 73.
Also in the last four are Paul Tunnicliff and Charlie Edgarton who outlasted an injured Richard Pearson and Jim McMullan 2/1. Paul was also playing with a sore foot but managed to dig deep to get his team home in spite of Jim's best efforts.
Peter Green and Lewis Wilson complete the semi-final line-up after Lewis finally subdued Chris Kenchington at the 19th. Both Peter and Chris's partner - Lindsay Brooks - were away for the match so it was played between the two available players.
In the stableford match of the day for those not involved in the Brebde, Mick Leggett won by parring all the par threes on his way to amassing 38 points. Neil McLaren finished second on 36 points while Rangi Kohe claimed third on 35 points, one ahead of former club captain John Hornby who was back on a welcome visit to see old mates.
There were no twos so it jackpots to next week.