THERE was an exciting culmination to Club Championship Day at The Worcestershire when two players’ scores were tied after 36 holes, resulting in a play-off to decide the winner.
Playing scratch golf for the prestigiousA M Chance Cup, fine scoring saw three players better the standard scratch score for the Malvern Wells course over the two rounds.
While former multiple club champion Peter Lupino carded gross scores of 72 and 71 for a total of 143, Jason Allies set the morning standard with 69, which he followed with 73 in the afternoon for a total of 142.
However, in-form Tom Howells paired his morning score of 75 with an afternoon 67 to take Allies into a five-hole stroke-play play-off.
On a warm, sunny early evening, a crowd of about 30 members watched as Allies took a decisive two-stroke lead on the first after Howells nervously pushed his drive into the woods.
The score remained the same until the fourth where Howells holed a superb chip for an eagle.
Allies showed steel to bury his 12-foot birdie putt, but the difference was down to one stroke with just one hole to play if they were to avoid going to sudden-death.
Despite both men playing good approaches to the 200-yard, par-three fifth, Allies made par to secure his first deserved championship win.
Allies also won the 36-hole handicap competition for the Schweppes Cup, which ran concurrently with the club championship.
Playing off a handicap of four, he recorded a nett 134, again ahead of Howells (handicap three), on 136 with Josh Marshall taking third place on 141.
Divisions Two and Three played an 18-hole medal for the Deerhurst Cup with the honours going to the consistent Mike Bolton (handicap 20) with a nett 75, on count-back from David Anderson (20-75), with Andy Fleming (13-76) taking the third slot.
Leading the ladies home by some margin in a qualifier for the national Ping Better-ball competition were Corinne Mills and April Wilding with 42 points.
Penny Stevenson and Ruth Scott were the best of the rest with 32, closely followed by Betty Hakes and Kate Cross on 31.
Meanwhile, Esme Davy was the winner of the Nine Hole League for May with 22.5 points, ahead of Norma Pottinger on 17.5.
On a warm, showery day, 12 couples from The Worcestershire travelled to a mixed match against Kidderminster.
Captained by Ralph Kelsall, they fought a close match against a strong home team, going down 7-5.
The successful pairings were Kelsall and his wife Elsie, Liz Pool and Peter Hill, Sally and Andrew Dare, Vivienne Marsden and Chris Price and Jenny and Colin Jones.