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18 June 2012

CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS - RESULTS

The final of the Scratch Club Championship was contested by twice past winner Adam Taylor and Russell Paterson, who won his quarter final tie at the 20th hole and recovered from 5 down after 7 holes to win his semi-final on the 5th extra hole. In round 1, Russell took an early lead and, after a 3 putt from Adam at the 3rd and an exchange of birdies on the 7th and 8th holes, Russell turned 1 up. A birdie at the 11th from Russell was cancelled out by a birdie from Adam at the 12th and a further birdie from Adam at the 15th , after a 3 putt at the 14th , left him trailing by 1 hole. A drive out of bounds by Adam at the 16th, followed by a birdie at the 17th from Russell and another 3 putt from Adam at the 18th meant that Russell went into lunch 3 up. In round 2, Russell extended his lead when Adam had 3 putts at the 3rd before reducing the deficit with a birdie at the 4th and par at the 5th. The 7th was halved in birdies, before Russell holed from off the green for a winning birdie at the 9th, to remain 3 up. A birdie from Adam at the 10th closed the gap but missed putts for birdie at the 11th, 12th, 13th and 14th, each of which Russell single putted, and a half in birdies at the 15th left Russell 2 up with 3 to play. A final missed putt for birdie by Adam at the 16th meant that Russell’s single putt birdie ended a high quality final with Russell claiming his first Club Championship title. The Handicap Club Championship was contested by Club Captain, Ian McPhee, and Les Sime, who only joined King James last year. In round 1, Ian, who was giving away 11 shots, played very steady golf and covered the first 9 holes in 3 over par but found himself 1 down due to equally steady golf from Les helped by two monster putts at the 4th and 5th. Four pars at the start of the second 9 saw Ian square the match but Les kept hitting fairways and, helped by a couple of great bunker shots, he edged 1 hole ahead as the players headed in for lunch. An evenly contested first 9 holes of the second round saw Les make good use of his strokes to maintain his 1 hole lead going into the final stretch before a nett birdie at 10 and a nett par at 11 opened up a 3 hole gap. A 1 under par run from the 13th to the 16th meant that Ian reduced the gap to 2 holes but Les held his nerve to win the17th and claim the Handicap Championship title. The early morning rain gave way to perfect conditions, and with the course in excellent condition and the greens running fast and true, all 4 finalists put on very creditable performances with some fantastic scoring. There can only be 2 winners and Russell and Les deserve congratulations for their achievements against opponents who both came very close to achieving different results.