Lawrence crowned king of the Lyme regis greens
PUBLISHED: 09:51 10 August 2011
After a postponement from 26 June due to fog, the club championships for both the Williams Bowl (scratch) competition and the Wellings (handicap) championship eventually took place on the final day of July, writes Steve Percival.
After a postponement from June 26, June due to fog, the club championships for both the the Williams Bowl (scratch) competition and the Wellings (handicap) championship eventually took place on the final day of July.
With the club now benefiting from having three scratch golfers amongst its men’s division, competition was expected to be intense with some excellent scores carded. The day started with reasonable weather conditions but with the forecast for deterioration in the conditions as the day went on.
However, with an excellent turnout for the day, hopes were high for a successful completion of the scheduled 36 holes.
As predicted, the scratch competition was very much a close run event with scratch players Roger Seed and Ed Lawrence tied on 70 after the first 18 holes closely followed by Tom Glover with 71.
As the afternoon session got under way the threat of a deterioration in the weather became very much a reality as clouds began to thicken over the Lyme course. However, with a number of participants successfully completing their second 18 holes hopes were raised for a full completion of the full 36 holes for the remainder of the field. Unfortunately this was not to be so as fog rapidly enveloped the course and caused abandonment of the days play with a significant number of rounds still in progress.
This then left the club organisers with the agonising decision as to whether to reschedule all or part of the event or to declare the competition completed after a reduced number of holes.
In the event it was decided to declare the event as a 27 hole competition. Whilst this inevitably disappointed those who had finished the second 18 holes it was decided that any other option was not a viable proposition.
In the end it was left to the three club scratch players Roger Seed, Ed Lawrence and Scott Love to contest the scratch championship. With the final calculation of results it was Ed Lawrence who came out the eventual winner with Roger Seed second and Scott love narrowly beaten into third place one shot behind.
The club handicap championship was won by Roger Doherty over Alan Jones with Johnny Ebdon in third place.