Hitchens gets the gong

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Craig Hitchen.
Craig Hitchen.

The Tara Court Golf Society

Sunday, Nov. 11, Green Valley – Medal/Stroke

As the year is rapidly coming to an end it was time for our penultimate monthly medal here in Green Valley and we got a new winner today to ensure that there will be a good number trying to win the Gold in January.

We had two flights with the cut for the A Flight coming in at seventeen. The course was in excellent condition but the scoring wasn’t brilliant with only one player playing to or breaking handicap. This was Craig Hitchens (12) who was a very clear winner of both the top flight and also the medal with a net sixty nine.

Seventy-three seemed to be a very popular score today as we had four players with that score. In the A flight Jerry Sweetnam (10) won the countback to come second, Russell Gilroy (17) was third and Donal McGuigan just lost out on the prizes.

Seventy three was good enough to win the B flight and here Joe McArdle (18) was the winner and Bernie Stafford (18) came second with a net seventy four. We then had two players with a net seventy five and here Gerry Hughes (21) won the countback to come third and Joe Peters missed out.

Peter Henshaw didn’t make the prizes but he had the only ‘2’ of the day.

Tuesday, Nov. 13, Mt. Shadow – Stableford

Today, they had everyone starting from the 10th tee at Mountain Shadow. The fairways were in great shape and the rough not to penal but the greens are still slow for this course. A 15 minute rain delay late in the day still saw a 4-hour round.

Only one player bettered his handicap and winning at this course for the second time in a row was Ted Morris (19) with 39 points. Second place went to Craig Hitchens (12) with 35 points and there was a 4-way tie on 32 for the other 3 places. Taking third was Pat Carty (21) on countback over Joe McArdle (18) in fourth and Glenn Armitstead(16) fifth, leaving Joe Peters outside of the money.

The 2’s pot was shared by Rocky Hudson, Daryl Burkett & Bernie Stafford.

Thursday, Nov.15, Pleasant Valley – Stableford

This was our first time here in a long time and although the course was wet after recent rain and we played preferred lies, it was still in very good condition except that the greens were a bit slow.

It seems that sometimes in our group that one of our players gets an excellent run of golf and at the moment Ted Morris (19) is certainly on a good run. After winning last week and on Tuesday of this week he was a runaway winner today with an excellent forty four points, which will mean that he is in for a big reduction on his handicap.

We had two players who were six shots behind Ted with thirty eight points and here Jean Fox Chok (19) won the countback to come second and Joe McArdle (18) had to settle for third today. Russell Gilroy (17) got the fourth and last place for today with thirty seven points but he also had a ‘2’ to top up his prize money.