Belfairs contested the first round of the Leslie Wood Team Championship on Sunday, but their campaign was short-lived, losing a closely fought match to visitors Crondon Park. The morning foursomes started all one way for Crondon taking a 0-3 lead until Rod Hall & Andrew Nash pulled one back and then Steve Mann & Kevin Buck steadied the ship to go into the break at 2-3. The afternoon singles was a much closer affair and Ray Hallett led the way with a fine 5&3 win, but despite further successes for Nash, Buck and Kevin Gough and a half for Peter Mahoney, Crondon rallied to take the tie 6 ½ -8 ½ .
It was a different story in the Daily Mail Foursomes however, as Lawrence Schooley and Baz Patel posted their third consecutive victory in the competition, this time winning at Rochford 5&3 against a strong home pairing.
High scoring was attributed to the blustery conditions in last week’s April medals. In Friday’s version, Frank Howroyd’s nett 73 (84-11) was enough to secure first place from George Moss (91-17=74) in second and Michael Flynn (92-18=74) in third.
On Saturday, Steve Bucke carded a 72 (88-16) to take first place from Alan Berry (90-17=73) and third placed Ray Beadell (91-16=75).
Countback decided Sunday’s contest with both Kevin Gough (81-9) and David Bucke (95-23) posting 72’s, but it was Gough who took the winner’s prize with Robert Clarke (101-26=75) filling third place.
In the ladies section Sue Meddle continued her recent run of form winning the monthly medal with a 75 (93-18) with Joan Smith (85-07=78) taking the runner-up spot on countback from Hazel Webber (104-26=78)