Lyme Regis Rover Cup success for John Cleal
PUBLISHED: 09:57 23 May 2018 | UPDATED: 09:57 23 May 2018
The Lyme Regis Rover Cup set quite a challenge for everyone, writes Richard Jackman.
However, in the end, John Cleal mastered the conditions extremely well as his winning 40 points, which included a brilliant 22 points on the back nine, was good enough to show a clean pair of heels to the rest of the field.
There was quite a battle for second place as George Skellern and David Riches traded blows with the result going down to the wire with Skellern taking silver by a whisker, both on 37 points.
In the seniors’ May Stableford, Division One winner David Lines really had a classic ‘game of two halves’ as he cascaded to 25 points on the front nine, which included a birdie on the stroke index one, seventh hole, only to trickle to 12 points on the back nine, but he still took the top spot.
Derek Maxwell had a much steadier round only a point behind the winner, but, with 18 points on each nine, safely secured the second spot with 36 points while Peter Cogan came third with 33 points.
In Division Two, Alan Jones with a solid and steady front nine of 20 points in his 37 points, romped home to take the top spot, leaving Danny Hopkins and Peter Williams to fight it out for second place both on a gritty 34 points, but Hopkins’ superior back nine was enough to just eclipse Williams to third place.
Jane Dixon and Rosemary Shepherd gave an appropriately royal performance as they stormed through to win the Coronation Foursomes, with 35 points.
Their back nine of 19 points, which included four points at the tricky 15th, was the basis of this substantial win over second placed Jenny Scott and Emma Davies, who also bettered their front nine in scoring 30 points.
Judith Page and Ronny Turner also came good on the back nine to secure third on 29 points.