Again, warm, sunny days at the beginning of the week promoted good growth across the whole of Romsey Park keeping the club’s mowers very busy however, rain on Thursday, Friday and Saturday morning saw everything soften up.  That, combined with the cold air and a wind moving between the west and the south, meant only the longest hitters were able to get any where near normal distance off the tee.  The sun shone brightly as players headed to the tee but this was short lived with steady drizzle for the first few holes.  The weather cleared but the cold wind stuck around making for very challenging conditions.  The W. E. Tom Semi-finals, match-play, were contrasting affairs.  In the first match, Daniel Wright played virtually a lone hand.  His length off the tee and ability around the greens seemed unaffected by the conditions.  The second match was far closer over the first 11 holes but a few birdies from one and some pars from another soon saw the match wrapped up.  The stableford field had a hard run, playing after the W. E. Tom groups meant they copped the worst of the conditions at the beginning and the end of the day; steady drizzle and freezing wind; it was extremely difficult to post a good score.  On a very “tough day at the office” the results were;

Winner; Mal Mottram (10) – 29 pts from Sherif Abdel-Sayed (25) C/B from Jin Patton (20) – 25 pts

NTPs; 16th – Daniel Wright

W. E. Tom Semi-finals

Daniel Wright (0)/Anthony Lakey (16) D John Laing (25)/Andrew Laing (17) – 7/5

Scott Williams (2)/Chris van DerVliet (14) D Pat Chisholm (0)/Mick Nicholls Jnr (3) – 5/4

W. E. Tom Final  (Sat 15th Sept)

Daniel Wright (0)/Anthony Lakey (16) Vs Scott Williams(12)/Chris vanDerVliet (24)