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Handicaps fall after low scores in Hampshire GC Medal
5:35pm Tuesday 22nd October 2013 in Other Sport
The Hampshire GC Saturday Men’s Medal produced some excellent scores in Division 1 as John Dawson (11) continued his fine form of late to win with a superb nett 66.
Phil Bates (12) matched Dawson but lost out on countback. John Francis (11) also returned a fine net 67 but just missed out on a prize.
All three clinched a handicap reduction of one stroke.
In Division 2 Ian Kirkpatrick (19) led the way with a net 71 with Dave Salter (15) second net 72.
The scoring was not as good in the Sunday competition and Paul Harrison (9) won Division 1 – but only required a net 71, beating Morgan Fletcher (5) on countback.
In Division 2, only a net 75 was necessary for Chris White (25) to win, with David Miller (16) second with the same score.
The club recently completed their last two friendly matches to conclude some excellent performances, with only one defeat at home all season.
In a home match against East Horton, captain for the day John Dawson and partner Ray Neath won their match comfortably by 4 and 3.
Richard Hale and Ron Wake had a very close contest but finally ran out one up winners.
Ted Richards and Barrie Thompson both played their part in an excellent 5 and 3 victory but then the Hampshire team suffered their first defeat with Bob Houghton and David O’Neill losing two down, their late fightback in vain.
Bill Roberts and Alan Dixon played really well to win 6 and 5 and the final match resulted in a heavy defeat of 5 and 4 for Guy Davis and Roger Lazaretti.
The overall result was a 4-2 win for the home team, however.
The final friendly, againwith John Dawson captain, was at Rushmore GC.
The team thoroughly enjoyed the course, the company and the excellent catering, but none enjoyed the 6-0 defeat. But a good day was had by all.
The club played their first Seniors Winter League match at home to Alton GC and, in the absence of Ray Neath, Guy Davis was captain for the day.
The first pairing out, Davis (8) and Barrie Thompson (16), had a tough time of it, eventually going one up on the 15th and winning by the same score.
In the second match, Dean Cresswell (11) and Vince Klass (9) had a comfortable 3 and 2 win to give the home side a 2-0 lead.
Match three saw Alan Dixon (13) paired with Roger Lazaretti (20) secure a half after a tight match.
In match four Ken Sangster (14) and Ted Richards (12) were unable to continue the trend as they lost two down.
And, in the final, decisive match, John Dawson (10) and Richard Hale (15) lost 4 and 3 which meant an overall draw.
But at least both teams remain unbeaten.