Axe Cliff Three Club Trophy proves to be a close contest

 Axe Cliff Three Club Trophy proves to be a close contest

Axe Cliff golfer Nigel Pritchard who has been in fine form recently. Picture BRIAN THOMPSON

The Axe Cliff Seniors contested their annual Three Club Trophy last week, writes Dave Bruce.

This competition serves up a challenge that is not about playing other teams, but only playing with three clubs which must be chosen from the usual 14 clubs that are in a golf bag – and one of the three chosen has to be a putter!

My hot favourite for the competition was our recently crowned Masters champion Nigel Pritchard who was looking to win his third trophy on the trot!

Indeed, I was so confident that I got my top photographer, Brian Thompson, to take this picture [the picture that accompanies this article] of Nigel, but obviously he needs all his

Club’s as he didn’t get on the podium on this occasion – but he still deserves to have his photo published for his recent successes.

There remains some debate as to who the outright winner actually was as two players, namely, Paul Curtin and Mark Wisby both had scores of 36 points, but we are still trying to locate their score cards to see who had the best back nine, so I shall have to leave confirming the Three Club Trophy winner until my next report.

In Mark’s round, he did score a superb five points at the difficult third hole after playing two three-iron shots to get the ball to just five yards from the green from where a chip to within six feet of the pin left him a single putt  to complete the hole! I was marking his card and it was a joy to see!

His handicap did allow him three shots on that hole leaving his gross par to be a net one.

Another memorable shot I witnessed was Brian Thompson’s nine-iron drive on the difficult par three 18th.  Brian’s drive took the ball some 150 yards uphill to end up on the green. Many professionals would have been happy with that shot!

Back to the final placings in the competition and Andy Hopgood and Roger Hill were third and fourth respectively with a solid 35 points apiece.

In my view the greens are recovering and were a joy to putt on so a huge round of thanks must go to all the staff and volunteers for their hard work and patience.

The course looked amazing and, of course, we have stunning views to enjoy at Axe Cliff Golf Club.

Stephen Birley

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