Duo win a thriller
DESPITE the difficult conditions Heydon Grange s Paul Chamberlain and Malcolm Knobel-Forbes saw off their East Herts opponents to secure a place in the second round of the Daily Mail Foursomes Competition. It was an impressive display from the Heydon pai
DESPITE the difficult conditions Heydon Grange's Paul Chamberlain and Malcolm Knobel-Forbes saw off their East Herts opponents to secure a place in the second round of the Daily Mail Foursomes Competition.
It was an impressive display from the Heydon pair, who had found themselves two down early on. However, by the 11th hole, Chamberlain and Knobel-Forbes were back in contention, with Chamberlain's precise approach play giving Knobel-Forbes a two-foot birdie putt to square the scoring.
Heydon then edged in front for the first time on the par five 16th hole, when a chip from off the green was conceded.
Halving the 17th, the tension mounted and in gusting winds Heydon saw their approach shot on the 18th carry the green and East Herts where once again in the match.
Returning to the first hole, Heydon saw the opposition's approach shot finish 12 feet from the hole and not to be outdone, Heydon's approach was some six feet closer.
With the opposition sliding past the cup with their putt, Heydon were about to celebrate when their ball stopped tantalisingly on the edge of the cup and failed to drop.
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With a relatively simple putt for an East Herts half, expectations of playing another hole were high. However, for the first time, the reliability of the East Herts putter failed and the match was Heydon's.
FIFTEEN-YEAR-OLD Lauren Hunt raced away to claim Royston Golf Club's March Stableford.
The talented youngster, finished on 40 points - seven more than second-placed Jenny Jarvis.
Hunt, who played off a 12 handicap, played the first nine holes in level par and scored 24 points.
Trevor Sweeting won the club's Rotary Charity Shield, with the 10 handicapper recovering from an average of 16 points over the first nine holes, to score 24 on the back nine. Sweeting narrowly beat Arthur Brennan (nine handicap), who finished second with 38 points.
The Ladies Rotary Shield, was won by Karen Pearson, whose 32-point haul was enough to see off Paula Offer who finished with 29 points.
The gentlemen's four man team event was won by Ben Bennett, Phil Neep, Alan Lakey, and Trevor Deards.
Their score of 98 points just edged out Graham Toby, Robert Clark, Adam Dyer and Mark Bennett's score of 97 points.