Club results for June 18, 2022
Callum Hogg will take on Paul Tunnicliff in the final of the Individual Matchplay after both subdued their opponents with a bit to spare on a gloomy Saturday (June 18).
At the top of the draw, Paul won his opening hole against Geoff Halkett in what was a match off the stick with both playing to a 15 handicap off the blue tees. However, Geoff took two of the next three to inch ahead but Paul – who putted beautifully - won the next three with two pars and a bogey to fashion a handy lead he would not relinquish. Going to the turn two up, Paul doubled his lead by winning the 10th and 11th, only for Geoff to peg him back over the next two holes with a par and a bogey. A priceless par three at No 14 and a shared bogey at No 15 took Paul to dormie. And with no room for error, he forced one from Geoff at the next hole to cap a 4/2 victory with a bogey. Paul’s net 73 in heavy conditions against his opponent’s 77 underlined his edge.
After a nervy shared first hole, Callum - playing off a 20 handicap - was soon in control over Warwick King, shooting out to a three-up lead with two pars and a bogey courtesy of some powerful drives. Warwick – who started with a five-shot advantage – won No 5 and 6 to stay in touch before Callum restored his three-shot margin by parring No 8 and bogeying No 9. The lead grew to four with another par on the long No 12, but Warwick made it interesting by winning thee of the next four holes with two pars of his own as he found form on the back nine. However, the younger man ended it in emphatic fashion by sticking his approach close at No 17 for a 2-up win and an impressive net 71.
In the only matchplay flight semi-final, an in-form Andy Isle was soon two up against Peter Watson who was battling a shoulder injury but a four-putt by Andy at No 5 followed by wild drive saw them back on even terms. A birdie at No 7 after a pinpoint iron saw the veteran leftie take a surprise lead against his nemesis which he doubled at No 9 when Andy missed another short putt for par. The next three holes were halved before Andy won the uphill No 13 with a par. Peter escaped No 15 with a half after Andy three-putted and then won No 16 with a shot after both bogeyed. Peter ended it with a birdie from 12 feet at No 16 after another accurate iron when Andy missed from similar range. The 3/2 win means Peter will play Keri Kotua – who had the bye - in next week’s final.
In the match of the day – a stableford round off the white tees – Greg Mann mastered the sodden conditions the best with 39 points. Dean Goodman took second on countback from Kevin Hurst after both came in with 38 points. Warren Carey was pushed back into fourth despite also recording 38 points. Lewis Wilson (37) and Ian Hanford (35) completed the top six.
Ian, Kevin and Steve Russell shared the twos money with one each.
Those not involved in the matchplay finals next week (June 25) will play an international stableford off the white tees.