Resurgent Whitbread is toast of Cirencester
JOHN Whitbread rolled back the years to win the Bill Burn Trophy in the seniors' section at Cirencester.
After a quiet season, the octogenerian produced a wonderful round of golf for a nett 62.
His outward nine where he dropped only three shots to par off a handicap of 20 made him almost uncatchable.
Gordon Stone had a storming round and posted the lowest gross score of the day at 73 to give him a nett of 63 and win Division One.
A professional would have been proud of his outward nine of three under par.
Division One runner-up Mark Woodhead also had a super round of nett 66 (gross 76 ) with an eagle on the par four hole 16, followed by a birdie on the par five 17th to take second place from David Findlay, who also posted nett 66.
Division Two was won by Ken Anderson with his round of 64 (gross 82).
Trouble on the long par four tenth was soon forgotten with birdies on holes 13 and 16.
In second and third places in Division Two were Martin Taylor with nett 66 and John Cross with nett 69.
Cirencester Seniors' easy win earlier in the season was reversed in the return fixture at Shrivenham Park.
The tie was lost after Cirencester could only halve one of the first four matches, that of David Findlay and Gerry Bruton. Another half point was taken by Mike Staples and John Cross and some respectability added to the score when Tony Gattrell and Anderson won Cirencester's only full point.
Cirencester Seniors lost only one match in comfortable 4½-1½ win at home against Tewkesbury Park.
The highlight was the 7 and 6 win by Stone and Anderson.
Cirencester Seniors were forced to settle for a 3-3 draw at home to Burford.
A graciously conceded putt on the last by the Burford captain gave Findlay and Stone a half in the first.
This generosity could have proved to be crucial as the tie developed into a close affair.
Anderson, in good putting form, and his partner Geoff Southwell won the second match by 5 and 4.
A loss in the next match was followed by a narrow 2 and 1 win by veteran Ray Russell and John Cross.
The penultimate match was lost by Cirencester pairing John King and Roy Lipscombe by the same margin.
The half secured by John Pugh and Ken Anderson left the match drawn.
Cirencester Seniors were hammered 7-1 at Worcester.
Of the six matches lost, only Robert Evans and Alan Smith, who finished one down, and Bob Allen and Geoff Southwell, who lost 2 and 1, came close.
However, Mike Bishop and Tony Jafrate went some way to sparing Cirencester's blushes when they won their match one up.
In the ladies' section, Angela Canty won the Macmillan Stableford with 39 points, three ahead of runner-up Jan Flynn.
The Carroll Salver Foursomes was won by Lin Ritchie and Muriel Telling with a nett 70.