Club Championships 2020

The weekend September 12th and 13th
saw the playing of the rearranged 27th Club Championships at Donnington Grove Golf Club. The superbly presented Championship course was showing her teeth with fast and true greens, lush rough and some tempting but dangerous pin positions, just waiting to drop a triple bogey on to your scorecard.
Despite this well over a hundred competitors were ready to take it on for the two arduous days.

Just before 7am the starter announced the first group on the 1st tee and set them on their way, with a bit of light banter and some nervous laughter. No doubt the marshals, ball spotters, and rules gurus were going to busy for the next few hours. Four- and three-quarter hours later the first scores were checked and signed for at the scorer’s desk. Many scores accompanied buy tales of woah, and questions regarding the sanity of the head greenkeeper. “Did he cut the greens this morning or just waxed them”

In the bar post round, social distancing was not needed, you really did not want to get to close some of the golfing wrecks. The bar staff even had two or three on
suicide watch! Whispered conversations around the room: - “John went out in 40 but started back 10, 7, 8” “Geoff 5 putted the 4th green” and many more.

Despite the stories some great scores were being recorded. Colin MacDougall shot a level par 72 to lead the gross competition on day one by three shots from second
placed Jason Axford. Ross Hunter was leading the Gentlemen’s Nett competition with a nett 66 one ahead of Colin. Fay Unsworth was leading the Ladies gross
competition by 1 with a score of 91, however the top six ladies were within 4 shots of the lead. Lorraine Storey was leading the way in the Ladies nett competition with a level par nett 72.

With just a few players deciding not to play the second day the draw was made, and the second day was all ready to go. A 4:30am start for the green keepers on day two enabled the first group to be sent on their way just before 7am by the starter once again.

Once again, many stories of missed putts and shots that looked great in the air, but they were ugly once they landed were everywhere. But as always there was some fantastic
golf being played by many.

Due to the present restrictions the usual bar, BBQ and scores tent were not around the 18thgreen, and many competitors made their way home after their round was complete.
The atmosphere around the 18th green is usually awesome, and adds to the drama as the last groups are playing the last holes, and nothing can make a swing go to mush, like seeing upwards of a 100 people around the final green,
when all you need is a four to win. Let us hope we will be back next year.

With a small group of friends, wives and supporters watching on, the drama unfolded on the last hole. Bernadette Martin a new member to Donnington Grove this year, recorded two nett birdie twos’ in the last four holes to race up the leader board and take the Ladies Nett Championship. Toni Prince, Sarah Jolly and Fay Unsworth
all recorded the same score on day two, which was just enough for Fay to hold them back and take the Ladies Gross Championship for the fifth time in the last
six years.

The drama continued as Tom Fulker and Craig Coleman finish tied on a score of nett 146.
Round one nett leader Ross Hunter pushed his tee shot on 18th to the right, and then caught a tree with his second and the ball went to a watery grave in the greenside pound.  He took a drop and made a nett 5, was it enough to come out on top? It was, Ross had played well enough to win the nett Championship by 5 shots and be the only golfer to be nett under par for the two days. Great golf Ross. The cut is
coming!

As the last group came down the last, nobody was sure who was in top spot, Jason Axford had drop just 1 shot to par on the back nine, Nick Hills birdied the last, Coli MacDougall made two great up and downs in the last three holes, and James Percy had shot the low round of the day. Who would come out on top? Colin had crashed to an 8 on the par4 4th and thought he had blown it. But he managed to hold his lead to the end and win by 4 shots from Nick Hills in second place.

Well played to all the members who took part in the Championship this year, a huge thankyou to all the volunteers, starters, ball spotters, marshals, scorers, the weekend would not happen without you. Thank you again. Dave Knight and his team of green staff, thank you all, I am sure the members will have forgiven you by next weekend.
Huge thanks to Sandy Byfield and Tom Fleming for your organisation, and attention to detail.


       Finally,
Congratulations to: -

Fay Unsworth Ladies
Champion Golfer 2020 (Gross) Again

Bernadette Martin
Ladies Champion Golfer 2020 (Nett)


Colin MacDougall

Gentlemen’s Champion Golfer 2020 (Gross)

Ross Hunter
Gentlemen’s Champion Golfer 2020 (Nett)


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