Dill bowls to victory at Phear Park

PUBLISHED: 17:04 09 September 2014 | UPDATED: 17:04 09 September 2014

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A busy weekend for Phear Park members as the club’s competition finals were played off, writes Lawrie Harries.

Winner of the ladies championship was Margo Allen, Phear Park’s vice captain and longest serving member who defeated Christine Hatchard, playing in her first final. Mrs Allen finished 21-17 ahead in a game of fluctuating fortunes

The men’s championship was claimed by John Dill who beat John Robins in a relatively low key final.

The same pair had a tremendous battle for the Garbutt Knott trophy one of the club’s most prestigious competitions. Eventually this was won by Robins by 21 shots to 20.

Later in the day Dill gained his second success by winning the men’s handicap competition. His opponent, Brian Halsey, a comparative novice battled well throughout but Dill’s experience proved decisive.

The ladies handicap trophy was taken by Mrs Allen who overcame Joy Mottershead.

Some illustrious names have appeared on the Captain’s Trophy over the years. This season it was Tim Flather who overcame a spirited challenge from John Horne.

The men’ s pairs title went to Robins and Halsey, who on the day, were too good for Paul Beresford and Flather. While the men’s over-70s title was claimed by Bob Smith who beat John Horne.

The ladies two wood final featured Liz Nelson and Joy Mottershead which the former won by a comfortable margin. This was not Mrs Mottershead’s week-end as she also came second to Mrs Allen in the three wood Challis Cup which Allen won by 14 – 12.

Mrs Allen had not previously won a club competition so this weekend must have seemed like Christmas and birthday rolled into one!

It was not all bad news for Mrs Mottershead as she and her partner Tim Flather, took the mixed pairs title by defeating Christine Hatchard and Rob Mottershead.

Although it is understood the competitions committee are to look into an allegation that Mrs. Mottershead warned her husband, prior to the final that if he wanted his washing, ironing and other home comforts to continue he should not try too hard!

It was interesting and encouraging to see comparatively new members reaching finals, if not always successfully.

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