Played over two days of fierce competition in breezy conditions with a hard-running course and very tight pin positions, the 36-hole Men’s Club Championship (best gross score) and President’s Putter (best net score) produced a dramatic finish – fortunately captured on video.
Firstly, many thanks to our official starters, Philip Morley and Les Morton, and to Phil Plater and the team for setting the course up in great condition and as a proper test of golf.
In the first round on the Saturday, Paul Barrow shot an imperious gross 65, with sixteen pars, two birdies, no bogeys and only threes and fours on his card. This put him three shots ahead of Men’s Captain, Dave Titcombe, in the Club Championship. Dave’s gross 68 was a net 63 and he was tied for the President’s Putter lead with Mark Wharton.
In the second round on Sunday, players continued to find it a real challenge to get the ball close to the difficult pins. Paul Barrow carded a gross 71, and his aggregate of 136 was enough for him to retain his title as Club Champion, three shots ahead of Dave Titcombe. Michael Tippett was in third place and Jordan Tucker fourth.
The result for the President’s Putter went down to the wire. The Sunday efforts of Andy Quinn (net 63), and Pete Jackson (net 65), stood out. But the drama at the top of the leaderboard continued to the very last putt. Mark Wharton had hit a fine net 67 to make him leader in the clubhouse on 130. On the final hole, Dave Titcombe knew he needed a birdie to shoot 129 and win. And then this happened.
Congratulations to Paul and to Dave on their victories. They are pictured here receiving their prizes from Alex Forsyth (Men’s Captain in 1978 and President between 1996 and 1998).
Thanks to everyone who took part in the NOGC signature Men’s event.