Big-hit­ting Phillips storms to sev­enth-round suc­cess

Llanelli Star - - GOLF -

JOHN Phillips made the most of his long hit­ting abil­ity as the se­niors played the sev­enth round of the Dawn Pa­trol League at Der­llys Court Golf Club.

With the course set up nicely for some good scores, it was some­what of a sur­prise that there were only two high-scor­ing rounds.

And 22-hand­i­cap­per Phillips took first place with an ex­cep­tional score of 43 sta­ble­ford points. He recorded three pars and no dou­ble bo­geys in his open­ing nine holes of 23 points.

With a steady back nine to fol­low, his win­ning score was two points ahead of sec­ond-placed Wyn M Evans, who was play­ing off 26, with the next player trail­ing by a fur­ther three points.

Third place went to count­back as 14-hand­i­cap­pers Huw Hafod Jones and Meirion Evans tied on 38 points. Jones took the ver­dict thanks to a bet­ter fi­nal three holes.

In a tight fight for the re­main­ing prizes, Julian Bowen, Tom Thomas, Gra­ham Owens and Alan Hire all fol­lowed with 37, with Phil Jones, Wynne Evans, Peter Webb and Nicky Gold­smith fol­low­ing with 36.

Jones’s con­sis­tent play, and third place, se­cured an­other eight league points and stretches his lead at the top of the ta­ble to 11 points.

With just three rounds re­main­ing, his near­est chal­lengers Owens and Phil Moun­tjoy have a lot to do if they are to over­take him at this late stage.

The se­niors’ cham­pi­onship takes place this week with the best gross score over the two-day 36-hole com­pe­ti­tion tak­ing the Pres­i­dent’s Cup.

The best net score will be re­warded with the Captain’s Tro­phy, and the Veter­ans Shield will be won by the best net score from a vet­eran mem­ber.

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