For he’s an Oli good fellow !
OLI Bance won the Royston Golf Club championship, on Sunday. The 17-year-old, who is also junior captain, defied the heat and produced two excellent rounds of level par to win by a shot from Robert Clark, who produced a best of the day 68 (-2) in the aft
OLI Bance won the Royston Golf Club championship, on Sunday.
The 17-year-old, who is also junior captain, defied the heat and produced two excellent rounds of level par to win by a shot from Robert Clark, who produced a best of the day 68 (-2) in the afternoon round.
With the absence of Stuart Phillips, away on county duty, it was always going to be an open field, and the heat was going to play a significant part in proceedings.
Bance led by a stroke from his playing partner James Kidd after the morning round, chased by Clark, Mark Rogers, Jon Osler and Peter Prentice who all shot 73s.
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Clark's afternoon round was not looking too good and after 13 holes and his tournament looked all over.
Standing on the 14th tee, he was three over par for the round and six over altogether. His blistering finish of eagle, birdie, birdie, birdie, par, meant that Bance would have to hold his nerve over his final holes.
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A birdie at the 16th took him back to level par for the tournament, but that was followed by a bogey at 17.
Bance composed himself and closed out with a birdie at eighteen for a one shot victory.
He also won the nett competition for the single figure cup with his total of 132 that has seen his handicap reduced to three.
Kidd finished third on 147 and Peter Prentice was fourth with 148.
Meanwhile, Nick Scott won the 18 hole stableford competition with 41 points. That gave him a four-point winning margin over his playing partner Tony Baker.
Only two more players managed to play to or beat their handicap, with Gary Adcock pipping Mick Joyner for third place with 36 points.
Mary Mitchell, who just beat Shirley Bradshaw, won the Ladies June Medal. Meanwhile the alternate Ladies Medal, played on Saturday, was won by Janice Abrahams, with Sally Woodhead taking second place.
Royston entertained St Ives Golf Club in their annual mixed match on Saturday afternoon, playing eight matches of greensomes.
The home side played some sparkling golf and romped to an 8-0 victory. Adrian Shoebridge and lady captain, Jane Drake had the largest victory winning 8&7.
John Weaver won the Midweek Golfers Stableford on countback from Graham West with both players finishing on 35 points.
Third place was also decided on countback with mike Taylor finishing ahead of Ian Gavine after a better back nine.