Gloucester & Somerset PGA

CIRENCESTER pro Ed Goodwin has raced to the head of the Total Triumph Order of Merit standings with another excellent finish in the latest Gloucester & Somerset PGA tournament, writes Danny Hall.

Ed is putting up a strong defence of his title and after back-to-back victories at Weston-super-Mare and Clevedon he finished third in the latest event at Naunton Downs.

Recent wet weather meant that just 16 holes were available to play and the competition became a stableford event with Ed recording 32 points.

That left him tied with his great pal Mark Plummer, who also plays out of Cirencester, and Stockwood Vale’s Jack Hayward in joint-third place.

The trio were just two shots adrift of Enmore Park amateur Matt Kippen, who led the way on 34 points.

Ed will hope to extend his lead in the table when he has home advantage on Wednesday (February 26) as the Gloucester and Somerset association make their annual visit to his home club of Cirencester.

Cirencester Golf Club

Trevor Hing Trophy

PAST president Trevor Hing visited Cirencester Golf Club for the first time on Saturday since suffering a serious fall in 2018 which has left him in a wheelchair.

The occasion was the rearranged Club President v Vice President match in a Ryder Cup-style format for the 2019 Hing Trophy.

The match score was nicely poised at 4.5 points apiece after the four balls and foursomes played last year.

The singles matches were postponed due to bad weather back in October and rescheduled on Saturday with Trevor’s team taking on the squad of 2019 vice president and current president Bob Hadley.

After 14 of the 15 singles matches the teams still could not be separated at 11.5 to 11.5 points, with the final and deciding match on the course.

In that contest, Duncan Barnes (Vice President’s team) edged out Pete Stone (President’s team) in a close game.

Trevor presented the trophy to Bob Hadley and proved that he had lost none of his old sparkle by making a short speech reflecting on the friendships he has made and good times he has had at Cirencester Golf Club over 40-plus years.

Ladies’ section

Saturday 14-hole non-qualifying stableford

ELEVEN ladies braved winds of 45 miles an hour to play in the 14-hole non-qualifying stableford competition on Saturday with Irena Windslow continuing her form to win on 28 points.

Countback determined second place with Fiona Fyfe edging out Brenda Taylor, both having scored 25 points.

Sue Bremner and Alison Henshaw came in on 23 points, with Sue just pipping her rival on countback.

The Thursday stableford was abandoned after three holes of very high winds and torrential rain with the five lady entries heading quickly back to the clubhouse for some warming coffee.

Seniors’ section

Seniors’ Bowmaker

THE Seniors’ Bowmaker on Monday was wisely cancelled with another full morning of rain in the forecast on a still-saturated course.