Italian DiMaria is ‘lost for words’ after winning golfer’s toughest challenge at Weston Turville

Mike DiMaria (left) is awarded the trophy
Mike DiMaria (left) is awarded the trophy

The toughest challenge for any golfer is to play a 36 hole strokeplay competition, where every shot counts.

The annual Matthewson Trophy at Weston Turville would decide the handicap champion.

Neil Garrett led the way with a splendid nett 64 closely followed by Barry Saggers who recently recovered from a dislocated elbow and carded a nett 66.

The eventual winner would have to hold their nerve in the second round as there were many opportunities to run up big scores. Jim Cowie admitted that he thought he had no chance of being in the frame after carding a 10 on the seventh hole in the morning, visiting three hazards in the process.

But he got his head down and carded a brilliant nett 67 in the afternoon to finish third with a combined score of 140 while Garrett carded a nett 74 to finish second (138).

However, the winner, who put together two brilliant rounds of nett 67s, was Mike DiMaria to finish with a score of 134 to continue the trend of Italians winning the club’s major competitions.

A club spokesman said: “For once he was lost for words!”