Camp­bell records shock

Bath Chronicle - - SPORT -

Alas­dair Camp­bell em­u­lated his pre­vi­ous sur­prise vic­to­ries by de­feat­ing leader Nick Parker, who had won all his Bath Ap­proach Divi­sion 1 matches this sea­son. Although both found the front nine quite dif­fi­cult the com­pe­ti­tion was fierce with a de­ter­mined Camp­bell edg­ing ahead on the ninth. Com­ing back, Parker ex­celled with eight pars and a birdie but Camp­bell was not over­awed and held on to his nar­row lead to win on the 18th. The drawn match be­tween Brian Wood­ford and Terry Glee­son was the prover­bial match of two halves with Glee­son out­play­ing Wood­ford on the front nine and the re­verse on the back nine. Glee­son achieved a net par front nine to lead by three at the turn, but com­ing back Wood­ford took com­mand, steadily re­duc­ing the deficit un­til squar­ing the match on the fi­nal hole. Mike Fear pro­duced a su­perb round that gave him a smart win over an ex­cel­lent ef­fort from Colin Lee, mov­ing Fear closer to the top. Lee strug­gled at the start, los­ing the first three holes that left him a moun­tain to climb. Although he did bril­liantly to win three of the next four holes to draw level, fan­tas­tic Fear put on the pres­sure by com­plet­ing the re­main­ing holes in one un­der par and, bravely as he fought, Lee could not take Fear past the 16th. Ge­orge Thurston reached The Plate semi-fi­nal with a com­fort­able win over Brian Lam­bern, who fought hard in the try­ing con­di­tions. There was not much be­tween them af­ter five holes but grad­u­ally Thurston over­came the con­di­tions to lead by two at the turn and won with four holes re­main­ing. Terry Sel­way’s top class per­for­mance on the back nine en­abled him to fight back and se­cure a draw in League Cup Group B against Reg Mor­ris which put them both into the quar­ter-fi­nals. Mor­ris re­cov­ered from a poor start to bat­tle to the turn two up and looked to be head­ing for vic­tory when he in­creased his lead early on the back nine. Sel­way had other ideas, snap­ping into top form to win four of the next five holes to take the lead on the 17th, only for Mor­ris to save the day with a good tee shot on the last. ■ BATH GOLF CLUB The men held a four-ball bet­ter-ball sta­ble­ford to open 2019, which at­tracted a large field in cold but fine con­di­tions. The scor­ing dur­ing the day was ex­cel­lent and the win­ners with a mag­nif­i­cent 43 points were Ge­off Lang and Ian Hull. Sec­ond with a great score of 42 were Richard Law and Mike Richard­son, just ahead of Roger Payne and John Moore also on 42. Fourth with 41 were Stu­art Rat­cliffe and Richard Longhurst.

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