Fine back nine has Thurston in charge

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Ge­orge Thurston moved to­wards safety with what would be­come a com­fort­able vic­tory over Terry Glee­son af­ter a good per­for­mance on the back nine in Bath Ap­proach Di­vi­sion 1. Both play­ers strug­gled on the front nine but reached the turn all square. Com­ing back, Glee­son con­tin­ued to have dif­fi­cul­ties but Thurston im­proved con­sid­er­ably and took con­trol by win­ning a fur­ther three holes without re­ply to suc­ceed with two to play. Colin Lee moved up to se­cond af­ter achiev­ing a late win over Alas­dair Camp­bell, who was fi­nally over­come by the cold. In Di­vi­sion 2, Brian Allen’s fine fin­ish gave him a win over Craig Jones in a com­pet­i­tive but high­scor­ing match with just one hole halved. Due in part to the cold con­di­tions, nei­ther could score well enough to take con­trol with the hard-fought front nine end­ing 5-5. It con­tin­ued in the same man­ner com­ing back but af­ter Jones had edged ahead on the 16th, Allen bounced back to win the fi­nal two holes for the points. John Ser­combe achieved a con­vinc­ing win over Brian Lam­bern that keeps him well in the pro­mo­tion hunt. Terry Sel­way in­flicted a heavy de­feat on Brian Wood­ford in League Cup Group B that puts him close to qual­i­fy­ing for the quar­ter­fi­nals, but elim­i­nated Wood­ford. Reg Mor­ris qual­i­fied for the quar­ter-fi­nals af­ter an ex­cel­lent fi­nal-hole win over the bat­tling Gra­ham What­ley, who didn’t de­serve to lose. Mike Fear pro­duced a mag­nif­i­cent one-over-par round that helped se­cure a sur­pris­ingly nar­row win over the tena­cious Danny Peel, who fell be­hind for the first time on the fi­nal hole. ■ BATH GOLF CLUB The ladies held an Odds and Evens pairs sta­ble­ford xom­pe­ti­tion last week. The win­ners with 37 points were Honor Jones and Saman­tha Robin­son, fol­lowed by Mary Perkins and Pippa Western on 30, with Sue Mor­ton-jenk­ins and El­iz­a­beth Brealey third on 28. The men’s sec­tion held a four­ball bet­ter-ball sta­ble­ford in wet and windy con­di­tions. The win­ners with a great score of 43 were Sam Gar­diner and Andy Cox, se­cond on 42 were Keith Thomas and Tom Baines, just ahead of Matt and Will War­man’s own 42. Fourth and ahead of a num­ber of teams on 41 were Mar­tin Ba­con and Paul Grange. In wet, blus­tery con­di­tions Bath’s men held a pairs Christ­mas cock­tail sta­ble­ford where the first six holes were played four-ball bet­ter­ball, the se­cond six green­somes and the last half dozen four­somes for­mat. Just mak­ing it home ahead of the pack were Pe­ter Fox and An­drew Brady on 36, fol­lowed by the pairs of Ron Ives and Neil Call­away, and Mike Wil­lis and An­thony Jones af­ter count­back. Bath Golf Club is still of­fer­ing 16 months’ mem­ber­ship for the price of 12 and les­sons are avail­able from all of the coach­ing pro­fes­sion­als on a 6-for-5 of­fer. The pro­fes­sional’s shop is also well stocked for Christ­mas gifts you may. Con­tact the club and pro­fes­sional’s shop for de­tails. ■ Lans­down The Tucker Tro­phy is a nine hole com­pe­ti­tion and will be awarded in the new year to the player with the best ag­gre­gate three-round score. Each week the spon­sor, lo­cal butcher Lee Tucker, gives a meat prize to the win­ner. A cou­ple of weeks ago the win­ner was Mike Wells with an ex­cel­lent 21 points, his round in­cluded seven pars, one bo­gey and a dou­ble, a fan­tas­tic round off a hand­i­cap of 17. The run­ner-up was Dave Lam­bern with 19. The win­ner last week was Bob White on 20, which put him just one ahead of Mark Thomas, who had started like a train, shoot­ing three birdies in the first four holes. A dou­ble bo­gey fol­lowed by a triple on the sixth slightly de­railed his round but he re­cov­ered to par the last three holes. Club pro­fes­sional, James Lee, con­tin­ues to put on week­end com­pe­ti­tions. On Satur­day Terry Cor­bett won with 38, some four shots clear of Dave Lam­bern. The Sun­day com­pe­ti­tion had a clear win­ner in Lee Rick­etts, whose 41 put him seven ahead of Roland Jenk­ins. The pre­vi­ous week­end saw Shaun Hind­marsh take the hon­ours on Satur­day with 41. The Sun­day event was far tighter as Adrian Pike pre­vailed with 39 by just one point from Lam­bern, while Ian Carter and Mal­colm Brown both came in with 37.

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