LAST year’s winner David Lyon started as he meant to go on by shooting a level par 71 on the first day of the Lyme Regis Golf Club Championship with Jon Ebdon and Scott Love, both looking in good form just two shots behind.
In pole position of the handicap championship were Jon Ebdon, Jason Lindley and Brad Searle all with nett 70s, with half a dozen 71ers snapping at their heels.
Lyon then played some solid sensible golf to get into pole position for the next day. Day two dawned with hopes high amongst several players, but in general the course showed its teeth as several players fell by the wayside.
Not so Lyon who, although a shot worse off than day one, still showed his class and determination as he shot 72 to finish with 143, a score that in the end was plenty good enough to clinch the win and hold on for back-to-back club championship wins.
Matt Searle improved on his day one score to finish 2nd on 152 while George Seed finished 3rd on 155 with two steady rounds.
In the handicap trophy day two belonged to 11-year-old Zac Mudford who shot the best nett score of the competition with 68 improving by six shots on his first day score. Mudford’s golf on day two showed a maturity beyond his years as he won the handicap trophy with 142. Lyon finished 2nd on 143, while Lewis Gibbons held two good rounds together to finish 3rd on 144.
The seniors’ Ted Ray Putter stableford competition proved tough for many with only three players equalling or bettering par.
Keith Gibson and John Coley, playing together, traded blows on each nine and it was down to Gibson’s birdie on the last hole that he beat Coley by one shot – 37 to 36 points. Colin Conn joined the podium to finish 3rd on count back also with an impressive 36.
Di Harris started the Ladies’ Centenary Sword competition with a birdie four pointer and went on to have an excellent, uncatchable round as she finished strongly to score a brilliant 39 points.
Judith Page finished 2nd with 34 and, but for a blip on the back nine, could have scored much better while Jane Dixon pulled her socks up on the back nine to come in third with 33.