TONY COOK - MANOR OF GROVES - MEN'S SENIOR CHALLENGE TROPHY WINNER 2018
Our popular annual Men's Seniors Challenge Trophy event took place yesterday (Sep 25th) at Verulam GC in St Albans, which in the week of the 42nd series of Ryder Cup matches in Paris was a fitting venue due to the long association of the Verulam club with their most famous member, Samuel Ryder, the founder of the matches and the man who donated the now iconic gold trophy.
54 male senior golfers aged 55 and above played 18 holes stableford to determine our Challenge Trophy winner for 2018. Despite a chilly start first thing, the event was played in bright, warm sunshine for the most part and the course was presented in fine fashion. Often the defence of the 6430 yard course is the small, undulating greens, which on the day were running at approx 10.5 on the stimpmetre on the day. This combined with some challenging pin positions made scoring tricky, particularly for those competitors not familiar with the course. In fact on the day the CSS went up to 74 (34 points) against a par of 72 and a SSS of 72 (36 points).
22 handicapper Tony Cook of the Manor of Groves club in Sawbridgeworth achieved the best score of the day with a excellent 37 points, helped with a par-par-par start for 9 points through 3 holes. Tony emulated his former clubmate Steve Lythell in winning this event - Steve won the event back to back while representing the Manor of Groves club in the early part of the decade before moving on to Essex.
Herts Golf referee Alastair Fraser of Old Fold Manor was runner up on the day with 36 points from his 12 handicap, perhaps aided by the fact like Verulam 'Old Fold's' greens are extremely treacherous at times, so he may of felt at home! 6 handicapper David Bennett of East Herts was in 3rd position on 35 points.
7 handicap Steve Rogers of Royston won the prize for the best score in the 65 to 74 year old age group with 34 points, while in the 75+ category the well experienced Mick Court of Sandy Lodge won the prize with 31 points. Oldest player in the field was long time supporter of the event 90 year old Peter France of Aldenham!
Thank you once again to Verulam Golf Club for hosting the event in excellent fashion and we look forward to seeing the competitors once again next year at Brickendon Grange - date tbc.
WINNER TONY COOK (L) WITH COUNTY PRESIDENT ELECT REV. HUGH WIKNER