Almost flawless game ensures Paul’s victory
BARANRD CASTLE GOLf CLUB
PAUL Upton played almost flawless golf to atone for his one-shot defeat in the Marwood Trophy final by winning the club's other singles matchplay event.
The five-handicapper went round in level par to beat Tim Wellock three and two in the final of the Moffat Cup, the club’s second oldest trophy.
“I’ve never come close in either competition before so to reach both finals was a very pleasing achievement,” said Paul, whose sons, Bret and Greg, are also club members and have played cricket and rugby for Barnard Castle.
With the help of a birdie two at the third he won the first three holes.
But his opponent used the first three of his seven strokes to draw level, only to three-putt the 12th when it was still all square. Another birdie at 14 helped Paul to pull away.
His only blemishes came when he missed a four-foot putt for par at the seventh and visited a bunker off the 11th tee.
He also entered his round in the Thursday Stableford and finished second with 41 points, two behind another five-handicapper, Richard Hinton. Martin McCollin was third with 41.
Phil Ball continued his remarkable form in senior competitions, following his level par 73 the previous week by winning the Frank Burdis Trophy, in which players are restricted to three clubs plus a putter.
He came in with 45 points to win by five from Colin Stead and Mike Applegarth, then secured a vital half in partnership with Keith Walker in the seniors’ match at Catterick the following day.
They were the final pair and clinched a 4-4 draw as, for the second successive match, the result hinged on the last of the eight fourballs.
The Saturday Stableford was a family affair as club stalwart Mike Neville had his handicap cut to seven for scoring 43 points, two ahead of his son, Bill.
Richard Pallister was third with 37 and Paul Upton fourth with 36.
The club stages its inaugural Seniors Invitation today (Wed) with ten teams of eight taking part in a shotgun start.
The best seven scores in each team will count.
Other clubs taking part are Blackwell, with three teams, Woodham (two), Bishop Auckland, Penrith and Carus Green (Kendal).
Autumn Pairs: Mark Parvin / Mitch Donnelly 47 pts; Jason Bainbridge / Michael Brown 46; Ben Race / Craig Riley 45.
Alternative Stableford: Graham Shipman 41; Kevin Atkin 38; Rod Overy 37.
Ladies: American Stableford: Joy Pallister / Jo Linsley / Pat Mackie nett 69.2; Kathryn Archer / Sue Seddon / Sarah Halpin 70.1.
Monday 9-hole Stableford: Maureen Raw 16; Margaret Wills 13; George-Anne Brooks 12.