Inside knowledge helps to secure back-to-back wins
BRIDLINGTON Belvedere duo Derick Taylor and Graeme Basson proved they are on top form by securing consecutive wins in the Humber Alliance.
Taylor (9) and Basson (11) took the honours in the most recent event at Bridlington Links, having also topped the rostrum a fortnight previously at Burstwick.
Both players are past members at the Links, having only transferred their allegiance to Belvedere in the last 12 months, so their previous knowledge of the cliff top course stood them in good stead on a difficult day weather-wise.
Their four-under-par total of 40 points saw them edge home by a single point ahead of a congested pack on 39 points.
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Speaking about their consecutive successes, Basson said: "It has been unbelievable. We have played in these events as a pair for four or five years and never had a win. Now, two come along back to back.
"As past members at the Links, knowing the course certainly helped, but having said that we nearly made a mess of it after we had been coasting along, but that's golf. You can never take it for granted."
A hot start had seen Basson post a birdie on the first hole, followed by the pair making good use of their shot allowance, plus three further gross birdies on holes 7, 10 and 13, to stand at seven under par as they left the 13th green, and apparently coasting to victory. But a dropped shot on the 14th and their failure to score any points on the 15th had the Belvedere pair wobbling.
Basson's par on the 16th steadied the ship but another dropped shot on the 17th had the potential to totally derail their victory charge and drop them back into the pack.
With Taylor's ball in the pond on the 18th, the pressure was heaped on Basson's shoulders, but he was not to be deterred and in receipt of a shot he posted a solid par for the three points that saw the duo take victory by a single shot.
Basson's last-hole heroics consigned four pairings on 39 points to the minor placings, with Laceby Manor's assistant professional Adam Bell and partner Jim Baldwin taking second spot, just ahead of Allerthorpe Park professional James Drinkall and Peter Turner, and Brough's Gordon Townhill and partner Steve Lilley.
Not satisfied with victory at the Links, Taylor and Basson returned to the Belvedere to take last weekend's club better-ball competition with a ten-under-par 62.
In the league, Burstwick (385) slipped down to fifth place, with Brough taking over in top spot on 394.
Leading Better Ball Scores: 40 pts D.Taylor & G.Basson (Bridlington Belvedere), 39 pts A.Bell & J.Baldwin (Laceby Manor), J.Drinkall & P.Turner (Allerthorpe Park), G.W.Townhill & S.Lilley (Brough), G.Russett & J.Horsman (Bridlington Links). League Positions (After Bridlington Links): 1st Brough 394, 2nd Laceby Manor 392, 3rd Allerthorpe Park 388, 4th Bridlington Belvedere 387, 5th Burstwick Countyr Golf 385, 6th Bridlington Links 379, 7th Cottingham Parks 375, 8th = Thorne & Cave Castle 370, 10th Flamborough Head 345, 11th Hessle 296, 12th K.P.Club 288, 13th Cherry Burton 180.