Cirencester Golf Club

Seniors’ section

Tom Wells Putter

MIKE BURBAGE won the final seniors’ competition of the year, the Tom Wells Putter, with a sensational stableford score of 36 points for the 15-hole event, writes Danny Hall.

Tom Wells played with the now-mounted putter for more than 50 years and it was presented to the club as a seniors’ trophy by his widow Helen.

Once again members showed that being restricted to just three clubs of their choice plus a putter – rather than the 14 clubs they are allowed – is no hindrance to top-quality scoring, and 20-handicapper Mike certainly proved the point.

After just six holes, Mike had got his hands on the much sought-after trophy by starting par, par, birdie, par, par, par.

And remember, this was with his chosen clubs of driver, 5 wood and pitching wedge. Mike could even afford to have a ‘blob’ on the 12th hole and yet still came home two shots clear of the field headed by David Lowbridge (34).

The other major prize on the day was the Amazing Grace trophy, for the leading Over 80s player and this went to Ray Russell.

Ray coolly tapped in for a bogey five on the 18th hole to sign for an excellent 33 points, which saw him see off fellow octogenarian Ken Anderson – who had birdied the 13th hole – by a point.

Other birdie twos were scored by Alan Dymond (2nd), Ian Perry (2nd), Gordon Stone (9th), Joe Hickey (9th), Mike Helyer (11th) and Dave Warden (13th)


1st Mike Burbage 36pts; 2nd David Lowbridge 34pts; 3rd Ray Russell 33pts; 4th Ken Anderson 32pts; 5th Jeff Salter 32pts.

Division One (handicaps up to 18.4): John Hall 30pts; Rod Smith 30pts; Stu Michaelis 30pts; Bob Allen 29pts; David Murray 29pts.

Division Two (18.5 upwards): David Findlay 31pts; Roger Dodd 29pts; Andrew Tunnicliffe 27pts; Martin Harrison 27pts; Steve Page 26pts.

Ladies’ section

Christmas Waltzing Bowmaker

THIRTY ladies braved the damp conditions last Thursday to play in the Christmas Waltzing Bowmaker competition over 14 holes.

The winning team, comprised Kay Fullerton, Jae Berens & Emily Gorman, who scored 62 stableford points.

The runners-up were Liz Allen, Muriel Telling & Kate Dymoke who were just one shot adrift.

Third place went to Chris Park, Angela Canty & Elizabeth Kidman with 59 points.

The Cirencester ladies will resume competitive action on January 2.