New era as Gisborne is champion of Lyme Regis GC

PUBLISHED: 10:00 26 June 2008 | UPDATED: 21:59 15 June 2010

JAMES GISBORNE held his nerve at the end of a gruelling all-day 36 holes of golf to become the new club champion of Lyme Regis.

JAMES GISBORNE held his nerve at the end of a gruelling all-day 36 holes of golf to become the new club champion of Lyme Regis. His birdie and par on the final two holes in the scratch competition on Sunday clinched a remarkable win for the 29-year-old and ended a decade when Roger Seed and Matthew Searle shared out the title. The nearest Gisborne had been to them was a far-off third last year. This year the two ex-champions were left five shots behind at 149 in second and third places. The strong winds were the biggest threat to him at the start and after two pars he missed the green on the easy par 3 and had to settle for bogey. On the par 5 next hole, he used those winds to reach the green in two and two putts gave him his first birdie. He finished the first half in par. The next nine began badly when he bogeyed the 10th and three putted the par 3 11th. He collected two more bogeys in the half and finished the morning round three over par.The afternoon began well and Gisborne conquered the first par 3 when on the third he sank a seven foot putt for a birdie 2. He followed this with a string of eight pars followed by a birdie on the par 4 12th. Two more pars followed but he had to settle for bogeys on the 15th and the clifftop 16th. Just as he looked as if he might falter, his two hole finale ensured his win. "I was very pleased with my golf," said Gisborne, who works with his father in his building business at Bothenhampton near Bridport. "And, dare I say it, it could have been even better because my putting let me down occasionally."Gisborne also won the nett competition - possibly the first time this has ever been done at the club. His score of 74 plus 70 was one shot ahead of Alan Warwick and two from Steve Gillam. His handicap was reduced to from 2 to 1.2.l Jane Southcombe had yet another win on Thursday in the monthly Stableford. As befits a racehorse trainer, she timed her finish perfectly with two pars on the 17th and 18th to score 38 points, two ahead of the field. Her handicap was reduced to 11. Anne Humphreys was runner up with 36, followed by Anita Holmes with 32 on count- back. Division Two was won by Susan Crabb with 39 points, second was Helen Hellier 38 points and third Gilly Madill. Division Three winner was Linda Deem whose 37 points was two ahead of Daphne Baker and three ahead of Felicity Horton.l Malcolm Hinxman from Charmouth won the seniors' Gordon Putter on Monday with a nett 67 points. His win on countback just edged Gerry Donlon into runner up spot. Gerry's round was spoilt when he found a greenside bunker on the final hole and had to settle for a five. Richard Thompson was third with 66. Of the 54 competitors, not one scored a two! Usually there are up to six.

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