Cirencester trio scramble to victory
CIRENCESTER seniors held their annual inter-services competition recently played in the Texas scramble format.
The winners were the team of David Golding, John King and Geoff Southwell with a nett score of 58.3.
That was enough for the trio to finish a whisker ahead of Graham Morgan, Joe Hickey and Dave Clark with a nett 58.7.
In third place with 59.3 were Neil Kelly, John Thurston and Dave Marshall.
The event raised money for Garrison Girls, a charity that helps military sufferers of post traumatic stress disorder.
Geoff Kirman topped Division One at the August stableford, which saw 72 players take part.
Kirman’s 39 points was helped along by a birdie on the first and a strong finish on the closing three holes.
In second place was seniors vice-captain Clive Bennett, who has been arguably the most consistently good golfer at the club this season, and his bogey-free round was testament to that.
Third in Division One was John Morris with 37 points ahead of four players on 36 points, club vice-captain Mark Woodhead, Dave Marshall, Dave Jones and the evergreen Graham Morgan.
The clear winner of Division Two was the in-form Francis Sheppard who totalled 40 points. He birdied the ninth and 11th and finished strongly with impressive scoring from the 15th onwards.
A strong outward nine was the hallmark of Richard Saunders’ round and despite falling away slightly, he still racked up 38 points to take second.
Mike Staples and John Binder shared third place on 37 points.
Cirencester seniors recorded a number of positive results in their recent team matches, which included a 6-0 whitewash of South Cerney.
The opening match between seniors captain David Findlay and club captain Woodhead beat Mike Lusty and John Mutley on the last green.
Patrick Moylan and John Cross cruised to victory (six and five) and there were also comfortable wins for Hickey and Staples, and John Anderson and Gerry Bruton (both four and three).
In a closer match, Len Crisp and seniors vice-captain Bennett defeated South Cerney's Chris Huckle and Brian Sheffield two up.
In the final group, Cirencester's Ken Anderson and John Slaven beat Phil Stansfield and David White two and one.
Cirencester also notched up a 4-3 win at Chipping Norton.
Findlay and Bennett got matters off to a good start as a three and two victory was secured.
After the next match was lost, John Hall and Mike Brown snuck home two and one.
Two defeats put Cirencester behind with two matches still out on the course, but King and Woodhead ensured a thrilling finale as they triumphed three and two.
Morris and Morgan duly delivered overall victory for the visitors as they won four and three.
Elsewhere, Cirencester and The Worcestershire shared a 3.5-3.5 draw.
Cirencester lost the first two matches but Morris and Alan Smith overwhelmed their opponents six and five.
The next match looked like it was going Cirencester's way when the pairing of John Hall - who eagled the third - and Geoff Southwell built up a four-hole lead.
However, their opponents rallied and the match was levelled.
A narrow victory by Hickey and Gordon Stone (two and one) was followed up by a convincing five and three triumph by King and Bruton.
Bennett and John Parsons might have secured the win for Cirencester but they were sunk two and one.
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