The west wind was set on the first tee at Burnham and Berrow golf club in Somerset for round one and continued to test us around this fantastic links.
It was John Carey (Woburn) who topped the leader board after round one with a 2 over par 73. His round included 3 birdies on the front 9. Stephen Hughes (Stockport) and David McMillan (Hayling) were just one shot back and would join him in the final group for round 2. But with 13 players within three of our leader it was all to play for in round 2.
Day 2 brought much a lighter breeze and it had shifted around almost 90 degrees to offer some help for the front nine where scoring was much better. Against the breeze however the back 9 was now a tougher test and hanging on was key.
With scores of 76 and 71 it was Paul Marshall (Berkhamsted) who hung on by one shot to lift the gold medal and 250 Order of Merit points.
Silver Medal went to Paul Nancarrow (Old Ford Manor) with a 148 total following his second round 73.
Bronze was won by Nigel Evans (St Mellons) with the same total losing out on silver on a tight countback.
In the Super Seniors section, with Nigel Evans top scoring, the chrystal went to Glyn Rees (Fleetwood) with a 152 total who also top scored in the Masters section. So John Yuill picked up the chrystal in that category for his 155 total following another strong performance.
Net 36 hole prize winner was Graeme Wright (N Wilts) with a net total of 144.
The staff at Burnham were great hosts - great hospitality after the golf and the course is a dream - one of life's little treats.
And next the tour moves further north again to the fabulous Enville where another full field awaits with a few eager to pick up some extra Order of Merit points to make the teams for Norway and Iceland. Good luck and see you up there.
For the full results click HERE.
For the updated Race to ESGA Order of Merits click HERE.