Following the amazing success of Darren Clarke, golfers of all standards arrived at Royal St Georges to try and emulate the burly Irishman, who a week earlier had brought this testing links to its knees in a thrilling Open Championship.
Fortunately, the wind and rain that had prevailed during Open week relented and the relatively benign conditions were reflected in the excellent scores for the individual prizes.
As usual on links courses, the caddies played an essential role and it would be most interesting to see how the scores differed without them. There was probably some of the best golf played since the inception of this event 6 years ago and many positions were decided by the count-back system. In the end, Richard Collins, playing off a handicap of 8, narrowly headed Stuart Kirk playing off 17, courtesy of a marginally better back 9 – each player ending with a very creditable 39 points!
In the team event, Andy Kimpton’s Oakmont Construction scored a very impressive 84 points (Best 2 from 4) to head home LJJ and United Asphalt who had to be separated on countback after both finishing on 82.
Individual Stableford (Full Handicap)
- 1st… Richard Collins– 39pts
- 2nd…Stuart Kirk– 39pts
- 3rd… Lee Rennison– 38pts
Team Stableford (Best 2 from 4)
- 1st… Oakmont – 86pts
- 2nd… LJJ – 84pts
- 3rd… United Asphalt– 84pts