Stress for Tim

PUBLISHED: 09:30 19 November 2008 | UPDATED: 22:37 15 June 2010

THE PUTT was only 38cms or 15 as golfers are the last to stubbornly cling to Imperial measurements and it was crucial to Tim Daniel's competition round at Lyme on Sunday.

THE PUTT was only 38cms - or 15" as golfers are the last to stubbornly cling to Imperial measurements - and it was crucial to Tim Daniel's competition round at Lyme on Sunday. It was the 482-yard (466 metres) par five and Tim had reached the flag in three with just this tap-in left. "I realised how important the putt was going to be. The line was across the green and downhill. I was very nervous. Too nervous. The putt just did not go down."Although he ended the first half with 19 Stableford points, he was convinced that was not enough. In his second half his worst fears were realised. On the simple par 3 13th he sent a bad drive into the semi-rough, reached the green for two but then took three putts for a blob. Then on the next, the par five 14th, he was well placed in two with just a chip to the green to go when he pushed his shot into the right-side bunker. He ended with a six for two points. "I knew then I had blown it," said Tim, "and I so wanted to win and get my handicap down". Tim, disheartened, set off on the 512-yard par 5 15th, and with a good drive and second and a third which took him to the semi-rough just off the green. Then, he simply sent a 20-yard putt straight into the hole. "That gave me back my confidence," said Tim. On the next the tricky par 4 cliff-top 16th, Tim left his fourth just sitting on the rim of the hole. He parred the final two holes for a total of 39 points.That winning run on the back nine was enough for Tim to win on countback from Richard Lynch and reduce his handicap back to 12. He said: "Now I want to get to single figures - fast!"Division 2 was won by Brett Garner with 43 points (21 hcp now 19) with Shane Stone second with 39. Third was veteran Axminster cricketer Mike Hankey with 36 points (25).l Appalling weather reduced the Ladies' Captain's Competition to 11 holes. It was won by Rhoda Elwick, Jenny Bettridge and Daphne Baker with 40 points followed by Frances Sell, Joy Madge and Eva Sewell with 37 points.


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