Play began with clear skies and a bitterly cold, gusting southerly to south-easterly wind; keeping warm and posting a good score was going to be a challenge.  Despite the fairways and greens being in top nick all players found the wind a real problem and it difficult to string more than a few good holes together. The stableford competition saw two players fighting out over the final few holes and it was really only many years of experience at Romsey that saw one player creep ahead.  The  quarter finals of the John Laing Shield were affected by injury with two of the matches being walk-overs.  The other matches saw a couple of low markers giving away plenty of shots; sensible, steady match-play saw both high markers through to the semis next weekend.  On a cold, windy afternoon the results were;

Winner; Bon McLennan (13) – 38 pts from Hugh Drummond (22) – 35 pts

Women’s Winner; Darlene Baker (21) – 33 pts

NTPs; 15th Mal Mottram & 16th – Bob McLennan

John Laing While Quarter Finals

Mick Nicholls Jnr (15) D Les Gaunt (0) – 5/3

Bob McLennan (0) D Ron Walker (10) – Walk Over

John Laing (20) D Mal Mottram (0) – 4/3

Kevin Dunn (0) D  Mick Nichols Snr (0) – Walk Over

The semi-finals of the John Laing Shield will be;

Bob McLennan (0) Vs John Laing (20)

Mick Nicholls Jnr (0) Vs Kev Dunn (4)