On Wednesday 16th July, Handsworth hosted their Mid-week Open.This year a new format was tried of “Pairs better ball stableford” off 3/4 handicap.
The day was hot and sultry for the most part as Handsworth enjoyed temperatures over 24 degrees and only light rain for the last few groups. The course was in excellent condition as can be seen by the scoring.
The competition was very close with 3 teams ending up on a very good 45 points. The winners, with a best back nine of 24 points and 2 birdie 2s on the day were G Smith and A Clark.
In second place also on 45 points and 23 points on the back nine were Handsworth’s own Ivan Hutchings and his partner Robin Salisbury-Jones. After, Ivan said “I never thought we would be here when Robin hit the thick rough off the first tee and took 3 to get out – but he recovered well paring the next 3″.
One shot wonders were
Nearest the Pin on 6th Arthur Taylor
Longest Drive (Handicaps over 16) Howard Partridge
Nearest the pin on 11th Bryan Frazer
Longest Drive (Everyone) Ahmad Ismail
Two notable performances - Ahmad Ismail shot a 66 gross off his own ball – not bad!!!
The second is Handsworth Old Boy, Malcolm Shepherd, who had a hole in one on the 17th, the 6th of his career but the first in competition – when last seen he was heard moaning about the £28 cost for the whiskey – nothing changes !!!!!!
A big thanks for this day must go to Mo Bostan and his glamorous assistant Rob Anglin for organisation of the day. In particular Mo had to juggle many late entries to make sure everyone got a game – next year guys please sign-up earlier as it is a great event.
Top five places were:
|G Smith||Mold Golf Club||45 points|
|A Clark||Newcastle Golf Club||(best back 9 – 24 points)|
|Ivan Hutchings||Handsworth Golf Club||45 points|
|Robin Salisbury-Jones||Sutton Coldfield Golf Club||( back 9 – 23 points)|
|A Price||Harbourne Golf Club||45 points|
|R Webb||Stonebridge Golf Club||(back 9 – 22 points)|
|Ross Taylor||Handsworth Golf Club||44 points|
|Andy Watts||Handsworth Golf Club|
|Ryan Wallace||Handsworth Golf Club||43 points|
|Ahmed Ismal||Handsworth Golf Club|