Cirencester Golf Club

Gillman Salver

THERE were two astonishing scores in the prestigious Gillman Salver pairs better ball strokeplay event at Cirencester Golf Club with Andy Bell and Nick Miles edging home by a shot with their nett 60, 11 under the card.

Youngsters Jack Peare and Archie Day can consider themselves unlucky not to have won with their own nett 61 for the runner-up spot.

Despite the windy conditions and squally showers the winning score was three shots better than for last year’s competition which was the first played over the course’s par 71 circuit.

Both members of the winning pair contributed well but particularly Miles, who followed up his near-miss in the July Medal with a nett 65 on his own card, including two birdies, off his new 15 handicap.

There were just six twos recorded in the tough conditions: Dave Bagley (9th), Craig Sutherland and Nick Brown (11th), Leighton Rees, Andy Brereton and Alan Hughes (13th).


1st: Andy Bell & Nick Miles (60), 2nd: Jack Peare & Archie Day (61), 3rd: Stu Stancombe & Lee Johnson (63), 4th: Pete Shepherd & Alan Hughes (63), 5th: Jeff Brantly & Nick Rutter (63), 6th: Bob Hayward & Andy Buchan (64), 7th: Nico Brown & Phil Smith (64).

Ladies’ Section

Mercia Castle Stableford

THREE outstanding scores stood out in the Ladies’ Mercia Castle Stableford last Thursday with Liz Allen topping the leaderboard thanks to her 42 points.

Chris Moylan was runner-up on 40 points and Sally Hadley finished third on 39.

Other noteworthy scores were Fiona Fyfe (37) and Jane Brodrick (35) finishing first and second in Division One.

While, in Division Two, it was Muriel Telling (39) and Sue Hodgson (36) who featured.

Seniors’ Guest Day

THE course was presented in excellent condition for the Seniors’ Guest Day and the winners were Steve Scott-Smith & Colin Hedley with an excellent better ball stableford score of 46 points.

Runners-up were Ian Hunter & A Mitchell with 44 points and they pipped Brian Whittaker & Phil Waller (44pts) on countback.

The nearest-the-pin prizes went to Ian Hunter (2nd) and Blanche Neal (13th).

Just three twos were recorded by James Gore and Dave Braithwaite on the 2nd and Bill Simpson on the 9th.

Cirencester 2 Naunton Downs 4

FOUR outright victories for the Naunton Downs team gave them a 4-2 success on their visit to Cirencester.

The hosts produced halved matches in four contests featuring Mike Helyer & Jim Donovan, David Lowbridge & Chris Berens, David Soar & Ian Perry and Keith Hodgson & Neil Halls.

Seniors’ captain Lowbridge along with Berens must be commended on their ‘get-out-of-jail’ display, as they won the last three holes to square the match with a birdie, nett par and par.

Senior Captain’s Day (Over 75s)

KEITH HODGSON won his first trophy in 10 years as a member at Cirencester when cannily choosing Gerry Bruton as his partner in the Senior Captain’s Day Over-75s competition.

Keith, the baby of the partnership having crossed the age threshold just weeks before the competition, dovetailed well with his partner as they put together a massive 45 points stableford better ball score.

“Gerry played especially well, beating his age with a gross 75 on the day,” said Keith graciously.