Natterjack 9’s Round 12 Round Up + Final Order of Merit Table. Round 12 Result

Gunga Grabs Gold.

1st  Neil Robertson 20 pts

2nd Peter Warren    19pts [Count-back]

3rd Tony Waugh       19pts [Count-back]

The weather was finally kind and after 28 rounds played no less than seven players posted 19 points but it all came good for Gunga as he pipped all seven at the post by just one point. Five pars in nine holes accounted for thirteen of those and with nothing more than a 5 on his card his consistency meant his time had come at last. Peter Warren went out early Sunday with John Simpson and Richard Roberts and despite a slow start managed his 19 points by coming home strong enough to secure 2nd place, virtue of 8 points on the last three. Richard only scored four points on the first four holes before coming home strong himself to post 17 while John had the satisfaction of a par on the 14th in his 13. It took count-back over the last six holes to separate Tony Waugh’s 19 from Brad Steels’, a blank on the 14th costing Brad third place after a scintillating start to his round including 10 points from his first four holes. Gary Turner and Joe Burch each had 19 too. It was a weekend when scoring or not scoring on the last decided a lot of issues and so it was with Joe whose 7 on the 18th slipped him out of the winner’s enclosure. They both came late to the Natterjack season and if his shift pattern allows him more chances next season then surely Gary will be a threat to all. As for Joe, well, if I’m scoring 19 points at 82 years old I’ll be a happy player, as will we all. Well done Joe. Doug Myers came into the weekend with an outside chance in the Order of Merit where he sat sixth. It was a big ask but his 19 points on Saturday came from a superb start and sixteen points as he stood on the 16th hole. Was it the previous night out on the razzle? A sore shoulder from too much fly casting? Or Waugher’s cough? Because he too struggled on the last after a brave effort! Another round on Sunday brought 18 points including a brilliant 4 for 4 on the 14th. Wife Joan meanwhile was also in with a chance in the Ladies Order of Merit and had an 18 pointer on Sunday to take her close. Davey Boyce had an extraordinary round on Saturday when his 19 points included a blank and two one pointers but featured a birdie on the 13th. Playing partner on Sunday Dave Warren’s attempt to climb into the Order of Merit top 10 looked good with 18 points but others had improved too and meant he just lost out. Helen and Jon Holmes were able to return from their travels to play Sunday and Helen had the satisfaction of pars on both par threes while Jon had no less than 4 one pointers in his 18. George Farquhar had 17 points on Saturday with solid pars on 12, 13 & 16 and it was good to see Ron Lester back among us again. He soon made short work of the 10th with a three pointer. Playing partners Malcolm Haworth and Bill Hoyle had a mixed weekend whereby neither was able to take advantage of the benign conditions but each was glad of the opportunity to prove it.

Final Order of Merit 2022

Both titles, Men’s & Women’s, were up for grabs as Round 12 began and it was fitting that it all came down to the last hole on the last day. Tony Waugh was under threat from Doug Myers and Helen Holmes could be caught by Joan Myers. With everything to play for Dougie needed a par on the last to tie Tony and with Helen not improving her score on the day, a par for Joan would mean she had pipped Helen by 1 point. Whether it was the pressure, or having Tony looking over their shoulders, who can say but both valiant efforts faltered there and each had to settle for 2nd place in their respective divisions. But Doug added a brilliant six points to his final total to leap frog from 6th into 2nd place and Joan improved by 5 points to go above Diane Clark. Which all means that Tony and Helen, having each led their division for most of the competition, have both narrowly held on and are now the worthy Natterjack 9’s Order of merit champions for 2022.

But there’s another story here too. Pete Warren’s 19 points meant he was able to swap that for an 8 pointer and gain 11 points and Neil Robertson’s 20 points replaced a 16 to move him up to 10th on the final leader board. Each made slow starts to the Natterjacks and both could pose a threat in 2022/23. The same is true for Gary Turner who finished with a 19 pointer and was able to drop a 14 for a five point gain. Brad Steel made it a successful comp for him and all of his fourball partners by adding 3 points on Saturday; cementing his place in the top 10. Davey Boyce added 2 points to take him into joint 3rd. Dave Warren has been having success on the Winter Alliance and improved by 2 points but narrowly missed out on the top 10; another dark horse for next season when he brings his Alliance game to the Natterjacks. And spare a thought for defending champion Geoff Freeman who made a bright start to his defense but was struck down by injury. He’ll be back too.

The Order of Merit has proved a popular addition to the calendar and will be returning this Autumn, thank you all for your support.

Men: with a minimum of 4 qualifying rounds.

1st Tony Waugh121 [6]  22 – 22 – 20 – 19 – 19 – 19
2nd Doug Myers+6   118 [6]  24 – 20 – 19 – 19 – 18 – 18
3rd Richard Roberts116 [6]  21 – 21 – 20 – 19 – 18 – 17
3rd Davey Boyce +2  116 [6]  22 – 20 – 19 – 19 – 18 – 18
5th George van Boyd115 [6]  21 – 21 – 19 – 19 – 19 – 16 
Ian Swarbrick114 [6]  24 – 20 – 19 – 18 – 17 – 16 
Brad Steel+ 3  114 [6]  20 – 20 – 19 – 19 – 18 – 18
David Clark111 [6] 21 – 19 – 19 – 18 – 17 – 17
Vernon Edmondson109 [6]  23 – 19 – 18 – 17 – 16 – 16 
Neil Robertson+4  107 [6]  20 – 18 – 18 – 17 – 17 – 17
Geoff Freeman107 [6]  Season ruined by injury. 2020/21 Champion.
Dave Warren+2  106 [6] 19 – 18 – 18 – 17 – 17 – 17
Peter Clark103 [6]
Joe Shaw103 [6]
Ged McGrath102 [6]
Martin George101 [6]
Jon Holmes101 [6]
Gary Turner+5 101 [6]
Peter Warren+11 100 [6]
Joe Burch98 [6]
John Simpson93 [6]
AJ Holmes91 [6]
Dave Maclardie91 [6]
Alan Holmes90 [6]
Pete Fry86 [5]
John Phillips86 [6]
James Mallon82 [5]
John Simpson93 [6]
Joe Burch98 [6]
Edd Robertson69 [4]
John French66 [4]

Ladies: All qualifiers

Helen Holmes111 [6]21 – 20 – 19 – 17 – 17 – 17 
Joan Myers+5  109 [6]19 – 19 – 19 –  18 -17 – 17
Diane Clark107 [6]22 – 20 – 18 – 16 – 16 – 15
Sue Driver82 [5]
Chris Lloyd-Rogers71 [4]
Sue Bilgri41 [2]
Yvonne Goodrick40 [2]

Natterjack 9’s Round 11 Roundup

[1st leg Saturday 5th March – 2nd leg Sunday 13th March] Front 9

Richard Roberts Romps Round 11

Round 11 was a game of two halves, split between Saturday 5th & Sunday 13th each played over the front 9 and the wind was up for both. The match including Richard Roberts & Dave Boyce on the first day produced the winner and third place with an outstanding knock from our pal Joey taking the honours. Two pointers on 1 & 2 were followed by a birdie 2 for 4 points on the third and it was good to see Richard keeping up the tradition of sharing his three ball sleeve of Srixon’s among his playing partners. When we introduced the ‘balls for 2s’ it was Richard who had narrowly missed out having had a two in the round before it began, so justice was being done. There were three players with 19 points and it was another fine effort from Tony Waugh who took second prize on countback. A six for 1 on hole one was soon put behind him with a par on the third for 3 and from there on it was consistency all the way. Boycee started well until a mishap on the 5th caused him to blank but he soon recovered with pars on 6, 7 & 8 and 2 points on 9 to put him in the prizes once more. And so it was George van Boyd’s bad luck to miss out and come home fourth with a nineteen which was remarkable for following a three pointer on the first by posting eight consecutive 2 pointers from the 2nd through to the 9th. But having played both legs of this round, with 16 points in the first, ‘The Silent Assassin’s’ consolation has come in the Order of Merit, but more of that later.

Diane Clark is another to have picked up her challenge for the Order of Merit in the back half of the winter season and 18 points in the first leg here featured a par for 4 points on the second. David Clark also posted 18 points and he took full advantage of his extra shots on the 2nd and the 8th to collect three points on each. If there were a race for Mr Consistent Dave would be in it. Four players scored 17 points. Ian Swarbrick’s included a birdie on the 7th. Helen Holmes had three pointers on the 6th & 9th .  Ank Robinson scored on every hole and Boycee could boast of a birdie on the 7th in leg 2. Vernon Edmondson played both legs, his best being 16 points in leg 2, recovering well after a blank on the first. Gary Turner’s 16 points in leg 1 began the same way but he then went on to par 3, 4, 7 & 8. Brad Steel played both legs having mentioned to your reporter that he was experiencing a shank off the third in practice earlier in the week. Par on that hole in both legs laid that to rest. Jon Holmes’ has played more rounds of the Natterjacks than any other player and his 16 points came in leg 1 with consecutive 1 pointers on 2, 3, 4, & 5 being improved upon when a birdie on the seventh and a par on the ninth brought welcome respectability to a man struggling to come to turns with his lowest ever handicap. Joe Shaw began with a par on the first and the second and had 12 points when he stood on the 6th tee but he was only able to add two more points as the wind took over. We’ve all been there Joe. Doug Myers played both legs with the highlights coming in the first one with pars on the 4th and the 7th . Joan played in leg 1 but also struggled in the wind despite a bright start. Peter Clark had perhaps the most up and down round in either leg in a round which included three pars and three blanks. Walking off with a par on the 9th was, hopefully, a little consolation.

Order of Merit after Round 11

Not too many changes after round 11 participation was affected by strong winds. But there were two significant moves. George van Boyds previous rounds of consecutive 21 points put him firmly in the hunt for top spot and 19 points in Round 11 rocketed him into third place and just 6 off the lead while Richard Roberts held on to second place by winning this round and moving within 5 of Tony Waugh, who remains top, where he’s been all season. With one round and, perhaps more importantly, two chances to play, there’s still room for someone else to do a GvB and win by shooting two high scores. Among those with a real chance it’s a question of what score you can replace and for leader Tony this means beating his lowest counting score of 19, which to be fair to him, he has done three times this season. Richard Roberts has a 17 and an 18 to replace if he plays twice. GvB can drop a 16 then post another high score to possibly topple Tony and Ian Swarbrick, who previously posted a 24, could replace his 16 & 17 to leapfrog right to the top. Dave Boyce has tougher task with at least an 18 to count in his final six scores but with prizes going down to fifth he might look over his shoulder where he would see Doug Myers, who can also boast a previous 24 pointer. With a 15 and a 16 to drop any two good scores could propel Doug well up the scoreboard, even to the top. Brad Steel has been playing with Tony and Doug and Joan throughout and this fourball has proved remarkably successful. He’s just missed out on a big score several times but one in the final round and all four of them could feature in the prizes. David Clark, another Mr Consistent with a 16 and a 17 to replace is also in contention. Then there’s Vernon! Posted a 23 earlier and has two 16’s to drop. Two good scores could enable him to climb upwards. In the ladies division Diane Clark moved closer with an 18 pointer but her and Pete will miss the last round. That means only one or two significant questions left for the ladies; can Joan post a big score to replace her 14? Will she play Ulverston as usual that weekend and reduce her chances by half? Or will she place both days and possibly replace her 14 & 16? Lots to play for then in both divisions! Can anyone catch Tony? Can Joan peg back Helen? Watch this space.   

The final round is on Saturday March 26th & Sunday March 27th
Back 9

Men: with a minimum of 4 qualifying rounds

Tony Waugh121 [6]22 – 22 – 20 – 19 – 19 – 19
Richard Roberts116 [6]21 – 21 – 20 – 19 – 18 – 17
George van Boyd115 [6]21 – 21 – 19 – 19 – 19 – 16
Ian Swarbrick114 [6]24 – 20 – 19 – 18 – 17 – 16
Davey Boyce114 [6]22 – 20 – 19 – 18 – 18 – 17
Doug Myers112 [6]24 – 20 – 19 – 18 – 16 – 15
Brad Steel111 [6]20 – 20 – 19 – 18 – 18 – 16
David Clark110 [6] 21 – 19 – 19 – 18 – 17 – 16
Vernon Edmondson109 [6]23 – 19 – 18 – 17 – 16 – 16
Geoff Freeman107 [6]Season ruined by injury. 2020/21 Champion.
Dave Warren104 [6] 19 – 18 – 17 – 17 – 17 – 16
Peter Clark103 [6]
Neil Robertson103 [6]
Joe Shaw103 [6]
Ged McGrath102 [6]
Martin George101 [6]
Jon Holmes101 [6]
Gary Turner96 [6]
AJ Holmes91 [6]
Dave Maclardie91 [6]
Alan Holmes90 [6]
Peter Warren89 [6]
Pete Fry86 [5]
John Phillips86 [6]
James Mallon82 [5]
John Simpson80 [5]
Joe Burch79 [5]
Edd Robertson69 [4]
John French66 [4]
  
Ladies: All qualifiers 
Helen Holmes111 [6] 21 – 20 – 19 – 17 – 17 – 17
Diane Clark107 [6] 22 – 20 – 18 – 16 – 16 – 15
Joan Myers104 [6] 19 – 19 – 19 – 17 – 16 – 14
Sue Driver82 [5]
Chris Lloyd-Rogers71 [4]
Sue Bilgri41 [2}
Yvonne Goodrick40 [2]

2022 Fixture List

Natterjack Round 10 Result & Roundup February 26th & 27th 2022

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