Blackburn backs up last month’s win
SATURDAY turned out to be an excellent day for golf for the 55 players nominated for the prestigious Monthly Mug sponsored by Brian Blackburn on June 30.
Club captain Garry Beacham showed that winning the mug the previous month was no fluke as he backed it up again to win the event.
Beacham shot 72 off the stick to record an excellent 67 nett to beat Russell Upton who shot 76 off the stick to record 68. Third was Tony Joyce on 69 who beat Andrew Blackburn, Ian Grieves, and David O’Shaughnessy on a countback.
Beacham’s round was set up during the second nine where he bir- died holes 13 and 15. He is one of the most consistent golfers at club and thoroughly deserved his win.
Upton, who has started to play a few games during the last month, has started to show a return to the form that he is capable of and it will not be long before he wins an event. O’Shaughnessy was the unlucky golfer as he lost a ball on his last hole to record a triple bogey which cost him his chance to win.
With the forecast not looking too good, 35 players were prepared to brave the conditions for the scroungers event sponsored by Graham Collins on June 27, but it turned out to be perfect weather for golf. Jim Bianchi, whose form runs from hot to cold to hot from game to game, turned it on to rec- ord 40 points to beat Harry Blackburn, 95 years young, on a countback. Third was Peter Shine who had 39 points to beat Garry Beacham on a countback. Bianchi’s score was set up by scoring 24 points on the back nine. Bianchi does not know which one of himself is going to turn up to play each game. Some games his scoring is sizzling and other games his scoring is cold. He is a worthy winner and he must be close to leading the scrounger of the year award.
Blackburn could consider himself unlucky has he wiped a hole. He scored 22 points on the back nine highlighted by a 5 pointer on No 10 which he birdied. Peter Shine and Garry Beacham both continued with their consistent form.