17 Aug TGC Open Winners From Home
TGC prides itself on etiquette. Not quite the done thing to win your Open at home, some may say, but Mick Heys and Jonny Robertson partnered up to do just that.
Even if the day was tempered by mizzley rain, a great effort from the Rabbit’s section and Jaine and her team filled the tee sheet and put on a great days golf. With at least half of the players from outside the club many compliments were received about the course, even if they couldn’t quite get their hands on the top prize or one of the fantastic spot prizes on offer. A hole in one on the 7th offered £5000 or the 16th a golf holiday for three nights in Portugal. Jay Link tried his best and saw his tee shot skim the hole on the 7th.
Meanwhile Heys and Robertson plotted their way round the first nine with a steady 19. It was clear from their tee shots on the 10th that even if they were to get in trouble they were going to do it together and get each others backs. Both lying in the bunker side by side Jonny pulled a 4 for 2 out of the hat to save par. Playing partners Andy Wade and Alan Payne had also got off to the same steady start and going up the 11th Andy said, “I think there are a couple of 4 pointers to be had here, Al”. Great call, wrong team. Mick Heys had back to back birdies and 8 points in two holes. Keeping it steady Jonny Rob parred the 16th for 3 points and, after calming the nerves, holed from 7ft to par the last and a total of 43 points. It proved a crucial point as the top visiting team were in the clubhouse on 42pts.
TGC congratulate our home grown winners. We hear that Jonny Rob has had posters made to go alongside the other board comps in the clubhouse. We’d also like to thank all of the visitors that came to our Open and made it a competitive day played in the right spirit. Congratulations to Wayne Staveley and his playing partner for their 2nd place. Scot and Brian Minto came 4th. Our lads Dan & Bobby Fielden came third with Geoff Whitworth and Ste Higginson in 5th.
Once again, thank you to all those that helped on the day. Club members volunteered to go on registration, adjudicate the 7th & 16th (for any hole in ones), ball spot and source all the refreshments. The prize table looked fantastic; thanks to Andy Laverty at Rochdale Golf Club. Many members donated prizes for the raffle for which we were grateful. We hear Bill Simpson even managed to win his own towel back. Thanks go to Godfrey Pickles for his adjudication. His sizing up of everyones tee shots helped him nail the nearest to the line prize. Thanks also go to Pete Borders for the accounts side of the event and who won a nearest to the pin for his troubles. Well done, Pete. And lastly, thanks go to Jaine, Emily and the clubhouse staff who ran the bar, a fabulous menu and helped make the day a great success.