5th October 2017
Balby triumph in tough conditions
Retford Golf Club
27th September 2017
British Schools and Colleges Area 3 Round 1
Balby Academy of Sport B team managed to score a team total of 222 to win the best gross team on the day by 7 shots. It was a tough day with one temporary green and nine greens recently hollow cored. Oliver Sullivan (Phoenix GC 3 right) posted a magnificent 68, 3 under par gross and bagged himself the top spot of the order of merit in tough winds. Balby Academy of Sport B had also triumphed with the best team nett score. In this competition it is teams of 4 players with the combined best 3 scores in both gross and nett competitions.
As well as Sullivan, team mates Declan Stoppard (Doncaster GC 5) shot a super 76 after making birdie down the last from a difficult position. Balby’s third player was George Mason (Wath GC 3) who shot a 78 and the fourth player Ralf Marshall (Retford GC 4) shot 80 after having difficulty down the last hole.
Balby Academy of Sport A team on the other hand had a difficult start to the league. Owen Musgrave (Forest Pines GC 3) and Nicola Slater (Woodsome Hall GC +1) both had scores of 76, putting themselves joint 3
There was also a number of Balby Academy of Sport players who didn’t make the team that played on the day. Liam Bennett (Retford GC 5) shot a score of 75 gross. Liam’s form hadn’t been at its best and so this was just what Liam was looking for to put him back into the frame for the team. Another player out to make a statement was Trafford Grimes (Lincoln GC 13) who came in with an 81 nett 68, 3 under his handicap after having a shakey start to the season. Other players who participated in the windy conditions but also struggled were Jack Harris (Doncaster GC 8) who took a step backwards from his good start to the season after shooting 84, also Lewis Branagan (Sitwell GC 5) shot 86, Tom Slattery (Sitwell GC 4) shot 80, Jedd Pressley (Worksop GC 8) shot 91 and Lewis Eccles (Waterfront 4) 79. These players will be continuing to fight for a team place in future rounds. Andrew Cooke (Bawtry 20) who struggled in the final group as the winds picked up as the day went on and play became slow although he battled it out to post 102 which is +11 his handicap.
Overall, there was a mixed bag of results on the day but we go forward into next week at the top of both the nett and gross leagues, where we will try and remain dominant in both. Next weeks fixture is to be hosted by Derby Performance Golf at Morley Hayes GC, which promises to be a successful day.
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Nicola Slater & Liam Bennett