Golf juniors unlucky to lose out on extra holes

PUBLISHED: 11:52 17 August 2006 | UPDATED: 14:47 12 May 2010

ROYSTON Golf Club s junior team travelled to Cambridgeshire Golf Club last Sunday to contest the semi-final of the St Ives Cup. Due to holiday commitments, the team had a new look and the match was a hard-fought affair with neither side really taking co

ROYSTON Golf Club's junior team travelled to Cambridgeshire Golf Club last Sunday to contest the semi-final of the St Ives Cup.

Due to holiday commitments, the team had a new look and the match was a hard-fought affair with neither side really taking control.

The first group of Chris Trimble and James Smith went one up on the 17th only to come to a watery end on the 18th, to finish at all square.

Match two comprised the pairing of junior captain Oli Bance and debutant Matthew Barrett, who had a very tight match.

One hole down with two to play, the pair managed an excellent recovery out of the trees on the 17th to win the hole, and then the opposition got themselves into trouble on the 18th, to give Royston an unlikely victory.

The biggest comeback was produced by Tom Smith and another debutant, Greg Fyson, who were two down with three to play but won the 16th, halved the 17th, and then, with a magnificent three wood from about 275 yards to within 12' of the pin, Tom Smith secured Royston's second halved match.

Under normal scoring (two points for a win and one for a half) Royston would have won the match 4-2, but under the rules of this competition at least two games must end in a firm result either way.

This meant that the two halved matches had to go out again in a play-off which, regrettably for Royston, saw the partnership of Chris Trimble and James Smith lose on the second extra hole, and that of Tom Smith and Greg Tyson lose on the first extra hole.

Other recent junior section activity included the Summer Bogey competition won by James Sandford (+3 holes up).

The Stableford competition won by Chris Trimble, the 36 Holes Cup won by Greg Fyson (net 143) on countback from Matthew Barrett, and the August Medal won by Jonathan Windle (net 76).

The men's seniors section team played two matches last week, both at home on the Heath.

The first match, against Ely, was a tightly fought contest, which ended in a 4-4 draw.

A more successful outcome was achieved later in the week against Brampton Park when seniors captain John Galloway took his team to a resounding 7.5-0.5 victory, winning the lead game along with partner Roy Ward by the close margin of 1 up.

The recent qualifying round of the President's Cup resulted in success for Ben Geldart, Stuart Phillips, Chris Trimble, Malcolm Meeston-Smith, Keith Pitts and Gary Noble.

All six will play in the 18 holes final on Sunday

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