Our correspondent Charles Attlee writes:
Nine pros returned under par rounds with James Johnson (Effingham GC), Jordan Godwin (Barnehurst GC) and past winner Chris Rodgers (Richings Park GC) tied at the top on 3 under and collecting £705 each. But the par 68 course was perhaps the overall winner with the pro field averaging 71.6.
The six easiest holes were the driveable par 4s (2, 14, 16, 3 and 6) and the par 5 11th, all of which averaged under par. The 2nd was the easiest hole at 0.32 under par and the 11th the second easiest (average -0.22) and the only case where the pros made the card SI of 3 look a bit out of place. Both 2 and 11 saw an eagle and 14 birdies.
The six toughest holes were, in order, 1, 13, 5, 12, 15 and 17, with the first three all playing 0.75 or more over par. 13, 17 and 5 proved to be “card wreckers” with ten, eight, and six double bogeys or worse respectively. The toughest hole was the 1st, which averaged 3.8, but we all know a four there is a good start. There was just one birdie on the 1st across the field. All of the long par 3s played at least 0.75 strokes over par.
Best risk/reward hole was the 8th, which saw two eagles and seven birdies but ten bogeys or worse.
The course was in fantastic condition so much kudos to Ian who had the greens running true and fast … and might even have had a hand in the gorgeous weather.
Congratulations to the London Scottish team of David Prigg, John Prigg, Tommy Tighe and Tom Tighe, who triumphed in the team competition.
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