Duo hold their nerve to win

Nick Peel and John Coenen with captain Colin Saggers
Nick Peel and John Coenen with captain Colin Saggers

The Directors Salver is one of those marathon competitions at Weston Turville Golf Club which tests out the patience of all the golfers who entered the event.

In a 36 hole competition the weather played its part, which meant that there was no excuse for poor play although some of the scores sadly reflected something different.

Playing in teams of two, the morning format was Foursomes, where players take alternate shots. It is also known alternatively as the “Sorry” format as a mistake by one player leaves his partner in all sorts of trouble. Not that John Coenen and Nick Peel found things difficult as they racked up a magnificent 40 points to lead by five points from Colin Flecknell and Dave Bentham.

Although you cannot win the event in the morning round a good score puts you in a good position as the individual scores by both players in the afternoon are added to the morning score to determine the winner. Therefore it is a case of players holding their nerve and maintaining their form, and for Flecknell and Bentham their collapse in the afternoon cost them a place on the podium. However Gofton and Barlow had other ideas with both playing sparkling golf after a disappointing morning round to end in third place with 96pts.

Dave Ranson had a storming afternoon with 38pts and with his partner Stuart Wibberley came in second with 97pts, however Coenen and Peel managed to control their nerves to win with a score of 98pts. As for the other teams they could only reflect on the missed putts that probably cost them victory.