Late birdies clinch Mannings competition

Mannings Heath GC Waterfall course
Mannings Heath GC Waterfall course

Two late birdies on the Waterfall Course helped eight-handicapper Will Thomas card 40 points as he won the Mannings Heath Saturday stableford.

Thomas birdied the final two holes to win the Division 1 honours, while Neil Russell carded a fine 41 points playing off 18 to lead Division 2.

Kevin Swales took the Division 1 honours on Sunday with 39 points off 11 and captain Geoff Lodge pipped Keith Etheridge on countback with 40 points in Division 2 to see his fifteen handicap lowered a notch.

Viv Reed won the Betty Moore Salver for the over-60 ladies with a steady 36 points on Kingfisher but vice-captain Joy Reineck was the day’s stand-out performer with 41 points in the concurrent stableford competition that earned her a two shot handicap cut to nineteen and elevation from the Bronze to the Silver ranks.

Sandra Roberts, playing off 18, was top of the Silver scorers with 34 points, one better than Sam Barnes.

Junior Open winner Elliott Webster continued his hot streak in Saturday’s junior stableford, his level par 72 off the Waterfall medal tees earned him 41 points and a handicap cut to four. Tim Finnerty, off eight, was runner-up with 39.

More than 90 members and visitors teed off in the Seniors’ Open with Lingfield Park’s Andy Steven carding an unstoppable 44 points off ten to beat Heath’s Robert Hails by four. Bill Piper (Wrotham Heath) also posted 40 with Worthing’s Martin Hogan next best on 39. Ken Whittington and Steve Parker took second and third spots for the home competitors, both signing for 38.

Nigel Billingham’s nett 67 off eighteen saw him claim the seniors’ Ian Galloway trophy on Monday with Gerry Woods, Guy Stanley, Robin Brown and John Wills following in countback order with nett 69s.