Golf: Thornbury players finally coming out of hibernation
8:30am Thursday 21st March 2013 in Sport
NOW that March has well and truly arrived, winter players at Thornbury Golf Club are starting to come out of hibernation.
After extraordinary weather conditions, the course is looking terrific: the fairways are drying up and the greens speeding up. The club's ladies' section held their first medal of 2013 in glorious spring conditions when a total of 30 women participated.
With winner Judy Hadley scoring a net 68, her handicap was cut by 1.2. Second was Kay Howard (net 70) and third Jackie Pask also net 70. The lowest gross score of the morning was achieved by Sue Rees with 88.
In total contrast, the annual ladies/seniors team event took place a week later on Monday 11th. In icy conditions and enduring a strong easterly wind, 18 teams played a bowmaker.
The winners were Jeff Pullin, Brian Bell, Suzy Unwin and Jacky Smith with 94 points. In second came Mike Bostic, John Chick, Annie Griffin and Judie Barton Hill with 92, and third Brian Jones, Dave Bratt and Jo Chadwick, with a 'ghost' player contributing to their 90 points.
The seniors, meanwhile, also played a medal round, albeit non-qualifying due to the shortened course. The Division One winners were Terry Rees 66 - also lowest gross score with 78 - Alan Cadman 69 and John Warren also 69. Taking the honours in Division Two were Mike Parry 67, Roger Unwin 69, and Ian Payne 69 while Division three victors were Tony Iles 68, Brian Bell 71, Steve Lewis 71.