THE Cirencester Golf Club team could not repeat their success of 12 months ago in the TGI Golf Team Challenge in Turkey the weekend before last.

The side, captained by club pro Ed Goodwin nonetheless enjoyed their pro-am trip immensely and were just a couple of shots away from finishing in the top half of the 80-team competition.

There was a silver lining for Ed as he fully expected that his absence would see him forfeit the lead in the Total Triumph Gloucester & Somerset PGA Order of Merit.

Ed needn’t have worried as that week’s medal fell foul of the weather.

Then Ed was able to hang on to first position in the table with a sixth-placed finish in the Shirehampton PGA Medal last week. The Order of Merit now moves into the final month of the season with four tournaments remaining.

Ladies’ Section - Gruesome Greensomes

The ladies played two non-qualifying ‘Gruesome Greensomes’ on Thursday and Saturday.

Greensome competitions see each player tee off before the pairing then hit alternate shots from their chosen best drive.

The ‘gruesome twist’ was that the drive to use was chosen by their opponents.

Thursday Winners: Jane Muncer & Sheila Marsh 33 points; 2nd Jan Stephens & Sally Boyd (30).

Saturday Winners: Pam Mallinson & Karen Pracy-Jennings 30 points; 2nd Ann Fisher & Irena Windslow (27).Pam & Karen’s triumph included a comic interlude on the 8th when Karen decided the weather was warm enough to remove her waterproof trousers. Unfortunately, she leant on her electric trolley which took off down the fairway.

The sight of Karen chasing after it with her trousers around her ankles left her partner Pam in hysterics and unable to offer any assistance. The previous Thursday, lady captain Fiona Fyfe’s charity coffee morning, run in aid of Hearing Dogs for the Deaf, raised more than £450 to be split between the ladies’ section and the charity.

A representative from the charity and her obedient dog were in attendance to give a faultless demonstration of the wonderful work they do to assist those with impaired hearing.

Elsewhere, Cheltenham Cricket Club overall team won the Gloucestershire County Cricket Club Golf Day held at Cirencester Golf Club last Friday, Aled Howell took the individual prize.