Tight at the top in the men's golf championships

Gloucester Golf Club's May monthly medal leaders (Arkwood Trophy) Rick Paff in C grade and Jamie Andrews in A grade plus medal. Photo supplied
Gloucester Golf Club's May monthly medal leaders (Arkwood Trophy) Rick Paff in C grade and Jamie Andrews in A grade plus medal. Photo supplied

After two rounds of the men's Gloucester Golf Club championship this weekend, the top of the leaderboard is tight with Paul Coote just a few strokes ahead of last year's champion, Jamie Andrews.

Saturday May 1 and Sunday May 2 made for a big weekend at the club with the staging of the first couple rounds of the three-round championship. Both days were Individual Stroke rounds with Saturday doubling as the May Monthly medal, sponsored as normal by the Arkwood family. Sunday's championship round was sponsored by Gloucester Tyre and Auto.

Jamie began well with a par round Saturday but had a "shocker" Sunday to be shy a couple of strokes behind Paul Blanch going into the final round on Saturday May 8. Brian Osborne and Rob Moore are also close together at the top of the B Grade championship leaderboard as are Paul Coote and Rick Paff in the C Grade championship.

On Saturday, the Monthly Medal was won by Jamie Andrews with a net round of 72 playing off scratch winning him both the net and gross trophies in A grade. In B grade, the net trophy went to Glen Williams with a score of 75 with Brian Osbourne, 91, posting the best gross score in the grade. Rick Paff has the best net round in C grade with a net one-over-par 73; John Mann 96 had the grade's best gross score. The ball competition saw balls going the way of Jamie Andrews 72, Rick Paff 73, Steve Macdonald and Kyran Laurie 74, and Wayne Maddalena, Paul Blanch, Glen Williams, John Mann, Ben Veitch all with net scores of 75.

Nearest-to-the-Pins were won by Steve Macdonald and Bill Murray at the 4th and 13th holes, and by Murray Bowden, Rob Moore and Ken Wiggins at the 6th and 15th holes. The Nearest-to-the-Pin-in-Two at the 5th and 14th holes was won by Jamie Andrews; Phil Bowden won the trophy for the long drive at the 8th and 17th holes.

On Sunday, the second round of the championships, the winner in A grade was Steve Williams with a net score of 71. In B grade, Rob Moore 73 took top honours, and junior golfer Hamish Wakefield put in a great performance for a win in C grade with the best net score of the day at 68. Balls were won by Hamish Wakefield 68, Steve Williams and Paul Coote 71, Paul Blanch, Rob Moore and Mitch Andrews 73 and Mike Howard 75. Nearest-to-the-Pins were won by Phil Bowden at the 4th and 13th holes and by Steve Williams, Brian Osborne and Hamish Wakefield at the 6th and 15th holes.

The clubhouse leaders in the three grades after the first two rounds heading into the final this Saturday are Paul Blanch, Jamie Andrews, Phil Bowden, Steve Williams in A grade; Brian Osborne, Rob Moore, Glen Williams, Peter Wildblood in B grade and Paul Coote, Rick Paff, Mark Stone, Phil Hawkins in C grade.

The weekend provided wonderful golfing conditions on both days with only a hint of a shower toward the end of Sunday's play. The likelihood is that the third and final day of the championships will enjoy similar fabulous golfing conditions.

As a way of relaxation after the rigours and tensions of three rounds of stroke play, Laser Electricals are sponsoring a Four Person Ambrose on Saturday May 15. It's an event designed as a "beginners' day" to encourage would-be-golfers to get into the swing of things in a friendly and welcoming environment. On Saturday May 22, there is an Individual Medley Stableford sponsored by Knowla Stud.

Super Sevens for the week ending Friday April 30 was won by Dave Salmon with 20 points; ball were won by K Kelly 18, Bill Murray, John Parish 16; Peter Markey 15, Rob Moore 14.