Hanna nets Axe Cliff seniors success

PUBLISHED: 16:12 10 February 2015 | UPDATED: 16:12 10 February 2015


With the frost on the ground and a keen east wind blowing the conditions were not welcoming for the Axe Cliff Seniors’ February stableford competition, writes Robert Grove.

However, the old fellahs on the cliff top course are made of stern stuff and were not daunted by what the elements had thrown at them!

The scores however, showed that cold hands, cold bodies and other cold extremities, do not make for good golf, even if players are fortified by flasks of tea and coffee (some with added extras) and various amounts of chocolate bars and frozen bananas.

At the head of the field was the irrepressible Scot, John Hanna (23) with 34 points - he must be used to such conditions. Trailing in his wake with 31 points each were John Pugh (19) and Tony Strong (8) separated only on the countback ruling. Mind you, Tony was lucky to survive an onslaught from his playing partner whose tee shot hit him on his leg - and Tony always prefers to play in shorts! It must have stung a bit in the freezing conditions. The rest of us were just glad to complete the round and return to the warmth and comfort of the clubhouse where we could defrost our extremities and look forward to next week hopefully with warmer weather and better golf.

Well done, to Rob Heard and Keith Wilson for recording the only twos of the day.

The Ladies and Men also had the bitter conditions, but it has been dry and the course is good.

In the men’s February medal, Division One was won by R Gibbons (nett 70), with Alex Palmer, second with his nett 73, edging Craig Trivett into third after he also finished with a nett 73 and scores over the back nine were called into play.

Division Two was won by Keven Turner with a nett 68 and second place went to Bob Gray after he edged out Nigel Garwood who had to settle for third after he too scored 74 and once again the back nine scores came into play.

There was only one two scored and so a healthy pot went to Geoff Greenslade.

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