Club results for September 5, 2020
The club champs qualifiers rarely bring out the best in golfers.
This is partly because they are played off the blue tees in often still heavy playing conditions and then there is the extra pressure of trying to make the playoffs.
Sure enough, the first round of qualifying on Saturday (Sept 5) produced just five golfers who played under or to their handicap, despite warm spring weather. And at the other end of the spectrum there were four who played so badly they got the bat.
Thankfully there are another two rounds of qualifying to go, with the two best scores counting so there is time to build on a good start or recover from a bad one.
Among the six seniors entered, Andy Isle and Peter Green made the best beginning with 81 and 83 off the stick.
Lindsay Brooks was the outstanding intermediate with an 87 followed by the evergreen Richard Pearson with 90.
Aaron Kotua's excellent 89 headed the Junior A division, with Paul McCrae next best with 96.
Among the Junior B players, Warren Carey set the early pace with 101, with Barry Rhodes next on 107.
In the C&F Legal Stroke - which is played over the first two rounds of the qualifiers - Lindsay Brooks leads the pack with a nett 70. Nipping on his heels is Lewis Wilson and Aaron Kotua who both shot 71. They are followed by Andy Isle and Peter Green on 72, Barry Rhodes (74) Richard Pearson (75) and the quartet of Keri Kotua, Ian Hanford, Paul McCrae and Warren Carey on 76. These same players also accumulated points in the Barkman Trophy which was also a nett round.
In the Shootout, Lewis Wilson, Aaron Kotua, Peter Green and Keri Kotua all advanced their standings at the expense of the rest.
For the second week in a row, no-one managed a two so the kitty jackpots to next week, when the second qualifying round of the club champs and second and final round of C&F Legal Stroke are played, along with further rounds of the Barkman Trophy and Shootout.