Junior skipper Tom goes nuts for top gong

Heads down: Tom Nuttall tees off on the final hole
Heads down: Tom Nuttall tees off on the final hole
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The top golfers at Weston Turville were nervously looking over their shoulders to see if they had made it into the Club Championship – the most prestigious event on the calendar.

The qualifying criteria was to ensure their gross scores would finish in the top 18 places in the 36-hole Matthewson Trophy to determine the handicap golfer of the year.

Conditions were not ideal but certainly playable, and for the large field assembled the main concern was not to run up big numbers on any hole.

In the morning there were some disasters, though, Martyn Haworth played flawless golf to record a nett 65 closely followed by Danny Norris with a nett 66.

But could the leaders hold their nerve on the final 18 holes?

Unfortunately for Haworth he fell away to finish seventh, however two rounds by the ever consistent Steve Gilbrook earned him third place with a score of 140. Danny Norris, making light of his high handicap, played very well to finish second with a score of 136, but a quite brilliant final round of nett 63 by junior captain Tom Nuttall ensured a great victory by three shots.
Sitting in the clubhouse after the event, there were some notable players who failed to make the top 18 such as club and vice captains Colin Saggers and Andy Kinsella.

They will now sit out the Club Championship watching on from the side of the fairway probably wondering what might have been.