Hornsea pair sparkle to seal Ganstead win
HORNSEA pairings filled four of the eight prize slots on offer at the Hull & District Golfing Association's meeting at Ganstead Park.
The leading Seasiders were Dave Whitton (7) and partner Lindsay Ward (16), who took top spot by edging out club colleagues and professional David Close, who was partnering his father, Tony, thanks to a better back nine.
Both pairs returned nine-under-par scores of 63, with Whitton and Ward taking the tankards by virtue of a back nine of 31 to the Closes' 32.
Ward, who is this year's vice captain at Hornsea, got the pair off to an excellent start with a brace of birdies, the four on the first being courtesy of his shot allowance, and thereafter steady play saw the duo out in 32.
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After starting the back nine with two pars Whitton then got them back on the birdie trail on the tough par-four 12th hole, stroke one on the card when, with the benefit of his shot allowance, he had a four nett three. With Ward contributing a nett birdie on the next hole, a par five, the pair needed a fast finish to clinch the day.
Whitton is a single figure golfer and this showed when he hit a glorious tee shot into the wind to within four feet of the stick on the extremely difficult 215-yard par-three 15 for a birdie two.
He followed this with further birdies on 17 and 18 for a three-under-par finish on the last four holes that saw the Hornsea pair home to victory.
The third rostrum place went to the low handicap Hull pair of Steve Robins (1) and Ben Rosenbroek (4), who had the better back nine of the three 64s.
One of the other 64s was returned by Cave Castle's Warren McMillan (5) and club captain Tony Cave (15), enabling them to maintain the strong grip on the Victor Hurdle.
Cave Castle now lead Hornsea by 10 shots with Hessle, Hainsworth Park and Hull a further two shots in arrears.
Whitton said: "We really both played well and although it is one person's score that goes on the card I cannot remember any hole when the other one of us was not there in support.
"It was a close call against David and his dad but our three-under finish just saw us home.
"The fifteenth was into a head wind so to knock it close and sink the putt was a real bonus."
The next Hull and District event, the last before the mid winter break, is at Hessle on November 1. This will be a shotgun start at 9am.
Better-ball scores: 63 D. Whitton (7) & L. Ward (16) Hornsea, D. Close (Scr) & T. Close (12) Hornsea; 64 S. Robins (1) & B. Rozenbroek (4) Hull, N. Lucas (8) & T. Barton (14) Ganstead Park, W. McMillan (5) & T. Cave (15) Cave Castle; 65 M. Train (9) & P. Lockwood (11) Hornsea, D. Peasgood (6) & L. Ellenton (12) Hornsea, S. Mowforth (11) & M. Clappison (18) Hainsworth Park.
Victor Hurdle Standings after 4 events: 1st Cave Castle 244, 2. Hornsea 254, 3= Hainsworth Park, Hessle & Hull 256, 6. Beverley & E.R. 258, 7. Ganstead Park 259, 8. Springhead Park 262, 9= Sutton Park & Withernsea 264.