There was some fine scoring in the April Stableford on Saturday with David Boyd firing a level par 71 for 42 points to take division one form Jamie Dunnion on 41 points. Gary Young produced the score that he had been promising since his winter coaching and finished third on 40 points. Len Fawke won division two with 39 points from Bob Banks who incurred a two shot penalty for playing from the white tees on the first - argh costly mistake. Martin Cooper obviously liking his new PING irons was third with 38 points.
On Sunday one of Eddie's pupils Karen Duffield ran away with the Ladies Stableford scoring a fantastic 41 points and earning a two shot handicap reduction. Denise Watson won division one with 37 points. Then on Tuesday it was one of my pupils Nicki Cohen, who is obviously fed up of listening to husband Jon going on about all his successes, and took division two with 38 points and earned a handicap reduction too -well done Nicki. The Lady Vice-captain won division one on a countback from Ann Weston.
Greenwood shield qualifier
It's major time at Moortown this weekend with the Greenwood Shield qualifier - a white tee medal with the top 16 qualifying for the matchplay/ There are spaces available so contact the shop if you fancy a game.
First Captain's match of the year
The first Captain's match of the year against Huddersfield on Sunday resulted in a comfortable win for Moortown. I did experience something that I have never experienced before in all my playing career. I stood on the fourth tee with ball in hand and could not do anything to change the result of the hole, their Captain Mich Dearman had holed his tee shot for a 1 nett 0!! What a great time to have a hole in one in your year of office, but in your first match on the first par three you play.
I was glad to see that USGA and R&A got together following the debacle with Lexi Thompson and have come up with a rule change. A joint statement added: "The use of video technology can make it possible to identify things that could not be seen with the naked eye.
The changes state:
- If a breach could not be seen with the naked eye or players were not aware, it will not be deemed a breached of the rules
- A player's reasonable judgement will be accepted, even if later proved wrong by video evidence
Common sense from the governing bodies shame it won't change the situation for Lexi Thompson.