Pearson goes out with a bang

Royston Golf Club’s lady captain triumphs in Autumn Meeting


KAREN Pearson, lady captain at Royston Golf Club, hosted last week’s Ladies’ Autumn Meeting and won a prize to boot. Pearson, who has fulfilled two years as lady captain, stands down at next month’s club AGM and in the final competition of her year, won the Bronze Division first prize with an excellent 75. The event was held on a somewhat windy day, but fortunately the forecasted rain held off until after all players had finished their round.

The competition, played over 18 holes, saw many struggle with the conditions resulting in the standard scratch for the day to be set at 75.

The Silver Division prize was won by Jenny Jarvis with a net 82, but in first place overall with an outstanding 68, was Jenny Middlemas. As a result of her score, Middlemas is now cut from 14 to 12 handicap.

At the weekend the club held its annual Pink Pig Trophy – a competition between the club captain’s team and the club professional’s team. After a hearty breakfast, a field of 56 men and ladies took to the course playing Fourball Betterball format, with all pairs’ scores counting in the final total aggregate score.

The final score for the club captain’s team was 521 points (an average of 37.21 points per pair) but this was beaten by the professional’s team who managed an average of 37.64 per team, a total of 527 points.

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So, once again the professional’s team were the winners, but this year by only six points. An unbelievably close result that was dependant on the last pairings to finish and provided an exiting day for all involved.

In the Sunday Fourball competition, 70 members entered in pairs in bright clear conditions. The winning pairing of Ollie Bance and Ian Coath scored an impressive 43 points to win by two shots from three other pairings each of whom finished on 42. They were Kevin Cooper paired with Chas Winter, Chris Little paired with Alan Lakey and Pete Tidey with Barry Buckerfield.

Club captain David Crossley and chairman of house, Graham Toby, scored 39 points, and although losing out in the overall score prizes, did manage to get their names on the board in the birdy prizes by being one of the eight pairings to score birdy two’s on the par-three holes.