The 15th Lymington Open

They fought the Laws but the Laws won!

The 15th Lymington Open was staged recently at Barton-on-Sea Golf Club. With the course in perfect condition and the weather uncharacteristically friendly, the day was set up for some exciting golf.

For the morning team event tournament organiser David Coles had come up with a cunning stableford format which meant that all players had to contribute, especially on the par threes. The winning score was a very creditable 88 points by the guesting threesome of Rob Stainer, John Weavers and Colin Beardshaw. They were 6 points ahead of Chris Allen, Tony Wharton and Chris Hunt. The general scoring was excellent and reflected the benign conditions.

But the morning team event was just a gentle warm-up for the deadly serious singles competition after lunch. There were several players in contention throughout, with defending champion Chris Allen refusing to give up his crown and recording three consecutive birdies to make a late challenge. However, no-one could ultimately keep up with Rob Stainer who recorded an amazing 49 points to win the guests' prize at a canter. But as tournament rules state that only club members can win the overall first prize, there was a tight finish between John Lawson, Peter Tapper, Neil Trestrail and Chris Allen. But it was the likeable umpire Laws who emerged from the pack to triumph, scoring heavily on the par threes to record a commendable 41 points. It was a very popular win and John made an excellent winner's speech. The runner-up was Peter Tapper who just pipped club captain Neil Trestrail by one point although Neil was still delighted with a first ever top-three finish. Gary Funnel won the 'longest drive', while the 'nearest the flag' awards went to Guy Hayward and the ever-popular Tony Naylor.

The event was rounded off by a superb dinner and presentation of the prizes by David Coles who had worked extremely hard to oversee the day.

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