Big week for Royston Golf Club

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Royston Golf Club was again in charitable mood this weekend as a large number of Club members played in the Grace Darling Charity Stableford, another major competition in the club’s golfing year.

Grace Darling was and English lighthouse keeper’s daughter, famed for participating in the rescue of a shipwreck off of the Northumberland coats in 1838. The Club are proud to retain the tradition of supporting the RNLI through this charity competition, especially as this year is the bicentenary of the birth of Grace Darling. On the course it was Chris Little who triumphed, scoring 37 points on a day when the wind over the Heath did it’s best to mirror the stormy night of the shipwreck itself. Three golfers scored 36 points with Simon Fitzwilliams taking second from Martyn Ingram in third and Peter Rutter in fourth.

Meanwhile, Club President, Barry Rouse chose and played in the Royston team for their annual home match against Bishop Stortford and he couldn’t have done a better job as the home side ran out winners 5½ to ½. All now rests on the return fixture in early July to see if Royston can claim back the trophy, which only changes hands if a club wins both matches. Both teams then enjoyed a superb post match meal prepared for them by the Club’s Chef, Conor Simpson.

On Sunday the usual four ball better ball competition returned. Calmer weather meant better scoring was possible and it was a team of past captains who took the plaudits. Graham Toby and Ian Rumbold amassed 43 points to win with Clive Middlemass and Adam Dyer coming in second with 41.

Finally, the Club has entered two teams in the Herts Golf Union, Crameri Cup this year and whilst Vice Captain, Ray Sammons, and Chris Little were given a first round bye, Stuart Knight and Tony Hannington played Panshanger ‘B’ on the Heath in their first round match. Excellent play from the Royston pair saw them 5 holes up after 6 and that was too good for their opponents who were eventually beaten 6 and 5. In their second round Stuart and Tony managed a last hole victory over Hanbury Manor ‘A’.