Gillard tops Division One at Honiton at halfway stage of Mclydmont Cup

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The Mclydmont Cup, a 36 hole competition, was back to being played over two separate weekends, writes Andy Wagner.

More recently it had been moved inside the ‘Club Championship’ 36 hole competition to encourage a larger field of players.

This was our second medal round within the month which came as a surprise to quite a few members (well, me and Andy Harrison at least) who aren’t totally enamoured of the medal format, but who, innocently, write their names up on the board with regard to the date of the game rather than the competition itself. (Andy didn’t even know we were playing for a Cup, bless him.)

The day was grey and overcast until we arrived on the tee for our 8.21am tee off at which point a light, but annoying drizzle proceeded to add to our discomfort. We had to admit that by the time we reached our last hole we would have gladly settled for ‘light but annoying’ as it had grown to ‘persistent and in your face’. Still, we had reached our destination and the sanctuary of a warm and friendly clubhouse unlike the poor blighters behind us still wading through a sea of wet rough. There was another feature to that soaking that seems to have worked in my favour though. Very few people had managed to adjust to the wet conditions and as a consequence Standard Scratch went up from 68 to 71 with the added advantage of me sneaking into the first round prizes. The results so far are in Division One; Mark Gillard nett 68 with a lowest gross of 73, Rob Willey nett 70 and Richard Reece nett 70. In Division Two; Tim Welch shot a nett 67 followed by Ben Phillips nett 70 and eternal trier Andy Wagner third with a nett 71. Andy Harrison finished well down the field with a battling nett 82 which further confirmed his dislike of medals and a resolution to look closer at what he was putting his name up for. The concluding round will take place on the morning of June 30.

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