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Pals share Order of Merit title

PUBLISHED: 10:37 24 October 2008 | UPDATED: 21:36 05 July 2010

THE Order of Merit Trophy is awarded to the golfer who plays the best scratch golf in main trophy competitions throughout the season.

Three points for the best scratch score, two for the second and one for the third are awarded and totalled at the end of the season.

THE Order of Merit Trophy is awarded to the golfer who plays the best scratch golf in main trophy competitions throughout the season.

Three points for the best scratch score, two for the second and one for the third are awarded and totalled at the end of the season. Going into the final competition, Chris Soanes was two points ahead of his friend Luke Thompson and was the clear favourite.

Two handicap Luke, however, took second place on a countback with a 75, giving him two points, whilst three handicap Chris, with a 76, finished fourth.

The young rivals had to settle for sharing the Order of Merit. Both share a long term goal of becoming a golf professional. In the meantime their aim is to complete a Rookery grand slam by winning the club championship, the Jubilee Cup, the scratch knockout and the Order of Merit. Both would love to pull off of a super slam by winning all four competitions in the same year.

In the Scratch Knockout, Simon Goldsmith found himself in the same half of the unseeded draw as three club champions. To reach the final he had to beat Hambro and Stenson companions Andy Coleman, Ben Wallis, Luke Thompson and Matt Lay.

In the final he met close friend Sean Pike. Two down playing the last hole of the morning round he hit a poor drive and knocked his second shot under a tree. In a “make or break” manufactured shot he was delighted to see his ball finish two feet from the pin. This left him just two down instead of the expected four.

Inspired by this he played the first 15 holes of the afternoon in three under par to pull off a spectacular 4 and 3 victory.

Members playing the fifth hole recently were startled to see a figure resembling Quasimodo shuffling along the eighth fairway. It was Hambro star Graham Shillings who had just hit the green on the seventh hole in two great shots.

When bending down to pick his ball out the of the cup after scoring a birdie four, a disc slipped locking his back almost at right angles.

The hunchback was Graham making a painful return to the clubhouse. Fortunately he is now well on the mend and looks back at the incident with great amusement.

David Batley

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