Padraig's tips pay off

PUBLISHED: 10:00 23 July 2008 | UPDATED: 22:07 15 June 2010

IAN HOBSON sat watching the television coverage as the golfers prepared for the closing round on Sunday of the British Open.

IAN HOBSON sat watching the television coverage as the golfers prepared for the closing round on Sunday of the British Open. He was particularly fascinated as Padraig Harrington demonstrated his technique for chips to the flag - leaning forwards into the shot rather than backwards as most amateurs do.Ian remembered that as he set off to compete in the prestigious annual County Stableford at Lyme Regis. Padraig went on to use that shot in the wind to help win a back-to-back Open victory and Ian did just the same in similar windy conditions to win his first club competition for almost a decade. "I used that shot time and time again," said Ian, "it was such a different feeling but it worked!"On the par 5 fourth in his first half, Ian used a driver, a three wood and that chip to end with comfortable par and he finished his first half with a birdie three on the ninth for a total of 20 points. On the next half he used the same technique on both the par 5s, the 14th and 15th, for another six points and ended the round with two pars for a winning total of 39.He now qualifies for a county event. "With that atrocious wind I just kept my head down and concentrated on scoring," said Ian, whose handicap now drops to 11. Runner up was Mike Ebdon on countback. Winner of Division 2 was James Bennett with 39 points, one ahead of Mike Colley.l Graham Langford was in the money at the Seniors' Stableford on Monday which attracted 70 competitors, the highest number for the year. His 37 points was enough to earn £25 and the first prize in Division 1 and his two 2s brought his winnings to £43. Second was David Hadwin one point behind, and third was Alistair Purcell from Tatworth with 36. Malcolm King took Division 2 with 39 points followed by Peter Hurst 38 and Roger Farrow 37.l Linda Richmond continues her winning prowess in the Ladies' section. On Thursday she left 79 players behind to take the Par Cup with a score of +7, three ahead of the field. Runner up was Rosemary Dare. Linda's handicap has been reduced yet again, from 22 to 19; Rosemary's is down from 24 to 22.6; Felicity Poole from 12 to 11 and Leslie Murray from 31 to 29.

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