Rogers and Bonnett tie in prestigious cup

STEVE Rogers and Mark Bonnett tied for the prestigious Pulsatilla Cup at Royston Golf Club over the weekend.

STEVE Rogers and Mark Bonnett tied for the prestigious Pulsatilla Cup at Royston Golf Club over the weekend.

The players tied on a nett score of 136, four under-par after 36 holes and now face an eighteen hole play-off to decide the winner. Three handicapper, Chris Watson led the way after the first round on Saturday with a fine 66, but with 18 other players within four shots, it was always going to be a close finish.

Trevor Sweeting (eight handicap) came storming through the field with a brilliant 65 to finish on 138, the same mark as Richard Howorth (5), Adam Dyer (12), Stewart Hart (14), Peter Rutter (3) and Andy Ball (16). Bonnett, however, went steadily about his business and with the greens slick and true, used his putter to great effect, finishing with a birdie at the last for a 67 to add to his opening 69.

Rogers, playing in the final group also birdied the last to tie after rounds of 67 and 69.

The single stableford, played on Sunday, saw former captain Barry Rouse play the best nine holes of his golfing career to amass 40 points. After scoring only 14 points on the front nine, he then blew the field apart, shooting one under-par for his back nine and 26 points. Mick Rowland took second spot on countback from Martin Pendrick.

Kathy Musgrave returned to form and won the Ladies Challenge Cup. The fifteen handicapper played some flawless golf to finish with a nett 68 to force a two-shot margin over her nearest competitor, Tina Collins. Collins, returning after injury, had a chance to catch Musgrave, but a triple bogey on the 16th put paid to her chances. Mary Mitchell was third and Sheila Wood fourth.

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Meanwhile, Sue Dean won the Ladies Long Handicap Cup with 35 points, with Helen Steverson (33) and Kath Caunce (32) finished second and third respectively.

In the Saturday Stableford, Paul Matthews finished top with 41 points ahead of Gary Hammond and Steve Brooker who both tallied 37 points.

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