Melton Golf Club: Snows storm first open of season

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The early starters competing in Melton Golf Club’s first open competition of the year – the Mixed Open Betterball – got their rounds under way in heavy rain.

By 11am the rain had cleared with sunshine, showers and a couple of thunder claps following everyone round the course for the rest of the day.

The Melton pair of Haydn and Liz Snow won with 39 points, closely followed by Surya and Terence Dickinson (Ashbourne GC) who took second place with 38 points on countback from Ellen and Kevin Steel (Rushden GC).

Fourth place went to Lorna Morris and Jason Baldwin (Kilworth Springs) with 36 points on countback.

John Parry (Chilwell Manor) won the men’s nearest the pin on the par three seventh, and Melton member Fay Hutton won the ladies’ equivalent on the 14th. * On Saturday, the men’s section played the club qualifier of national competition, the International Pairs.

The betterball stableford format saw 50 pairs trying to qualify for the regional round later in the season.

Only two points separated the top three as Julian Kisiel and Paul Gough won with an excellent 42 points from runners-up Rob Smith and Leigh Butler (41) and third-placed Mezz Watchorn and Guy Rayson (40).

Two’s sweep: Rob Smith, Mick Wilson, Jack Inguanta.

* Melton’s juniors played for the Ben Kerr Memorial Trophy in memory of the club’s past member Ben Kerr.

Mixed weather conditions didn’t put off the boys as James Daulby took the honours with a nett 73, three ahead of Joey Smith in second place.

The pre-handicaps competition was won by Sam Chipman with 52 from runner-up Ed Gough (62).

* Following a decisive 7.5-0.5 defeat to a rampant Ruddington, Melton seniors bounced back with a 7-1 win against The Nottinghamshire and a 7.5–0.5 win against Norwood Park.

Winners against Norwood Park: Haydn Snow/Julian Kisiel (5 and 4), Denis Dayman and Bob Purkis (2-up), Frank Williams (4 and 3), Bill Robson/Neville Palmer (3 and 2), Tom Eadon and Richard Haines (2 and 1), Joe Carrington and Robin Jones (1-up), Gerry Stephens/Eddie Cham (6 and 5), Bob Luke/Jerzy Schmidt halved.

* In the April seniors stableford, Adrian Green recorded another win with 37 points, two points better off than Peter Rayers, while Dave Lander was third with 34.