Cirencester Golf Club round-up with Danny Hall.

June Medal

Connor Hall lined up for the June Medal at Cirencester Golf Club with the aim of beating 90 for the first time – and he did so by no fewer than five shots.

His gross 85 (nett 66) gave him a two-shot cushion over the remainder of the field.

“The conditions were immaculate on Sunday and after a good run of pars on the front and back 9s, I knew I was in with a chance of shooting under 90,” said Connor, who has been a member for just over a year.

“The birdie on 17th was a highlight with a big drive followed by a 5-wood to the front of the green and a chip to within two feet!

“I’ve been having lessons with Mitch and feel like my ball striking has never been better.”

Two entries recorded nett 68s, the consistent Tom Waller securing second place overall after leading home the Division One players.

Paul Kingsbury took third position on the podium, and finished runner-up in Division Three, with his 68.

Kevin Young headed the Division Two table on countback from four other players who had nett 71s.

The kind conditions led to there being 17 twos, three of them coming from Sam Tanner. He eagled the 8th and then had birdie twos on the 9th and 13th holes. Sam, not surprisingly, recorded the best gross score of two-under par 69.

An honourable mention, too, for Tom Stone, who had four birdies in his round of 75 (nett 69).


Division One: 1st – Tom Waller (74-06=68); 2nd – Mark Jameson (73-04=69); 3rd – Darren Robison (72-03=69); 4th – Tom Stone (74-05=69).

Division Two: 1st – Kevin Young (84-13=71); 2nd – Archie Day (84-13=71); 3rd – Ian Jones (85-14=71); 4th – Magnus Flett (82-11=71).

Division Three: 1st – Connor Hall (85-19-66); 2nd – Paul Kingsbury (84-16-68); 3rd – Neil Balfour (91-22=69); 4th – Gary Whiteman (86-17-69).

Cotswold Hills Seniors 5 Cirencester Seniors 1

Mike Brown provided one of just two rays of light for the Cirencester seniors when they visited Cotswolds Hills and came away after a 5-1 drubbing.

Mike took the nearest-the-pin competition on the 9th hole with a tap-in birdie putt from less than two feet to win the hole.

Despite this, he and partner Bob Allen lost to Rupert Lane and Mike Crowston. The latter is an amazing golfer with only one arm who totted up what would have been 45 stableford points playing off a handicap of 30.

Captain Andy Ponting & John Hall also had no reply to some exceptional scoring from Nick Watson, in particular, who shot a gross 6-over playing off 17!

Some Cirencester pride was restored in the final match by a comfortable win for Dave Findlay and Mike Burbage.

Cirencester Seniors 3.5 Naunton Downs Seniors 3.5

Cirencester seniors raced into a 3-0 lead in the match against a visiting Naunton Downs team but in the end required a battling half in the last match to salvage a half overall.

It was a birdie-fest in the opening contest as John Appleby and Keith Hodgson had four between them on the way to a dog licence win (7&6) despite John having to give 20 shots to visiting player Bob Knight.

Simon Underwood and Geoff Knight then earned their point in a much tighter affair, winning 1 up.

There was some scintillating golf played when captain Andy Ponting and Kerry Lewis took on Naunton captain David Gould and ex-racehorse trainer and jockey Jonnie Trice- Rolph.

The home team started with a 25ft birdie putt on the first but were quickly reeled in by David, who was receiving 20 shots from his fellow captain, holing a 10-foot birdie putt on the second for a net hole in one!

The next 12 holes were all halved in par, the 13th being particularly eventful. Gould mistakenly aimed at the 5th green and his tee shot went into the greenside bunker there. He still managed a four (nett three) on the correct hole for a half.

The home pair eventually took charge to win a fantastic contest 3&1 on the 17th.

John Morris and recent newcomer to the club and team, Paul Blackburn held their nerve to gain a good half against strong opposition to make the final score 3½ - 3½.

Ladies’ Section

Sheila Telling ticked all the right boxes in the Spring Scrutton played by 20 ladies on Saturday in good weather.

Sheila not only scored a nett 73 (two points clear of Sarah Taylor and Jane Salter in second and third places respectively), she also posted the lowest gross score of 84 and netted the only birdie two of the day on 13th.

Jane Brodrick and Paula Lester-Powell, with nett 76s, were fourth and fifth respectively on countback.

The warm weather certainly helped with some fine scoring as Jane Brodrick birdied both the 3rd and 16th, while Elaine Harrison secured a birdie on 14.

The ladies’ A team entertained Broadway at home on Monday and secured an amazing whitewash win of 14-0.

Golfbreaks PGA Fourball Championship

Cirencester head pro Ed Goodwin missed out on making it to the national finals of the Golfbreaks-sponsored PGA Fourball Championship for club professionals by just one shot.

Ed and his partner Giuseppe Licata shot a better ball of 5-under par in the South West regional tournament at the Players Club in Bristol, but that left them one shot short of the qualifying mark for the grand final at Carden Park, Cheshire in August.