Enville Golf Club hosted our penultimate event of 2023 on their Lodge Course - one or two fabulous tracks that the members are able to enjoy. Early master of the course in round one was James Weigall (Banstead Downs) with a level par 71 which included 2 bogeys, 2 birdies and 16 pars. Mike White matched that in the penultimate group of the day after picking up birdies in 3 of the last 4 holes. But there were 14 players within 4 shots of the lead so the race to Esga points were still up for grabs.
At around 170 yards into a cold wind the first was a stiff challenge especially for those starting early with temperatures around 1 degree.
As the sun rose over Enville on day two the temperatures had risen and with a light breeze and a little more course knowledge for the second round some better scoring looked achievable but the breeze picked up later in the day to narrow the fairways and toughen it up. Most scores reflected that.
Nigel Evans shot an early 72 to move up the leaderboard. But Gary Fisher's (Chelmsford)1 under 70 hit the top with 5 groups to finish. Gareth Bradley's 72 was to sneak past Gary into the lead and the final group couldn't challenge him
So it was Gareth Bradley (Bramhall) who picked up the Gold Medal for his 73 and 72, 145 total.
Silver medal winner was a man in his rookie season - Gary Fisher (Chelmsford) with 76 and a fabulous 70 for a 146 total - just 1 behind. Gary picks up 200 points in the Order of Merit for his trouble.
Bronze this time went to Gary Whitfield with a 148 total following a great 2nd round 72.
In the Super Seniors section Les Bruckner (Huindhead) wins chrystal with a 152 total.
Our Masters Champion at Enville was Neil Franklin on 156.
With lots of doubling up on prizes Hugh Purvis picked up the chrystal in the net with his 143 total
Our thanks go to the members of Enville for allowing access to the Lodge course for the two days and we should congratulate Course Manager, Andy Wood, for bringing his course up to such a good standard after the deluge of the preceding days.
The season now moves south to Trevose for it's last hurrah - one final chance to scoop those Order of Merit points to hold on to a team spot or make a late charge for ESGA.
For the full scores from Enville click HERE.
For the updated Order of Merits in the Race to ESGA click HERE.