Cirencester Golf Club

Douggie Rolles Qualifier

THOMAS Montgomery topped the leaderboard in the Douggie Rolles qualifier with a splendid nett 66.

Not only did he collect the first prize on the day but he also heads the 16 players who go through into the knockout draw to contest the Douggie Rolles Cup.

Thomas, the winner of the Captain/Vice Captain Salver in 2018 for his consistent play in medals during the season, had made an indifferent start to this campaign but showed signs of approaching his best when fifth in the Midweek Medal five days earlier.

James Stratton and Andrew Dickson joined Montgomery on the podium with their nett 67s, which were separated on countback.

Alan Hughes (68) and Pete Stone (68) were a shot further back in fourth and fifth respectively.

Heather Morley was the only lady golfer to win through to the knockout draw when her solid nett 70 earned her 10th position overall.

May Midweek Medal

George Peare won the May Midweek Medal with a fine nett score of 68 off his handicap of five.

That gave him a two-shoot cushion over Steve Bishop (Division One winner), Lewis Flett and Chris Yeates who all came in on 70 and were separated on countback.

Tom Montgomery signed for a 71 in fifth place, and Gerry Coetzee – with the lowest gross score of 72 off scratch – took sixth.

Coetzee also recorded the only birdie two of the day at the 13th.

Seniors’ Section

Wrap Barn 6 Cirencester 2

Wrag Barn gained revenge over Cirencester for their early-season defeat when winning the reverse fixture at home 6-2.

The course had hosted the Wiltshire Open on the previous Sunday and was presented in superb order but with exceptionally fast greens.

Stand-in captain Andy Ponting was 4-over gross after nine holes and yet was still two down with his partner David Findlay, showing the strength of the opposition side.

The two winning Cirencester pairings were Brian Sheffield & Patrick Moylan (4&3) and John Parsons & Keith Hodgson (1up), the latter pair winning on the 18th thanks to a magnificent second shot by John into the green.

John Appleby & Ray Russell along with Gerry Bruton & John Hartley both lost on the final hole after very tight matches.

Lilley Brook 4½ Cirencester 1½

Lilley Brook GC presented a course in superb condition for the visit of the Cirencester seniors, with lush fairways, though much slower greens than at Wrag Barn.

But the result was similar with a 4½ to 1½ defeat despite some good individual performances.

Stand-in captain Andy Ponting dovetailed brilliantly with Martin Harrison to gain a rousing 8&6 victory in the opening match and were on a nett

par score (including three birdies between them) when the game was concluded on the 12th green.

Andy and Martin also picked up the prizes for nearest the pin on the 11th and nearest the pin in 2 on the 18th.

Alas, only John Parsons & the on-form Dave Allen contributed further to the Cirencester score with a battling half in their contest.