Another excellent field teed up in the qualifying round of the John Laing Shield.  With no rain for almost a fortnight the casual water had virtually disappeared but the fairways were still soft, again no run once a ball landed. While parts of the course were warmish and well protected the cold, flukey, gusting wind, which moved between the NE, N and NW, added more difficulty and made for a very challenging round; it was difficult to play to handicap.  In the end it was a day for conservative golf, lay up and pitch or chip it close to the pin for a simple par or bogey.  Those who, somewhat courageously, took on the conditions rarely came out in front. On a cold, windy afternoon the results were;

Winner; Andrew Laing (19) – 38 pts from Ryan Davies (25) – 35pts, Anthony Lakey (20) – 35 pts, Chris Burkett (25) – 35 pts & Rob Rea (19) – 33 pts

The quarter Finals of the John Laing Shield will be;

1. Andrew Laing (0)  Vs  8. Chris vanDerVliet (7)

3  Ryan Davies (18)  Vs  6. Mal Mottram (0)

2. Anthony Lakey (1)  Vs  7. Steve Wilkins (0)

4. Rob Rea (17)  Vs 5. Daniel Wright (0)