As the leaves start to fall on the fairways the competitive season at Drax Golf Club, like the summer, has finally drawn to a close. The year has seen the trophy cabinet spread widely amongst the keen and enthusiastic membership with no one dominating the headlines. The prestigious Club Championship was the month's main attraction and resulted in a double triumph for Paul Blackham who won both the Gross and Nett titles over a gruelling 36 hole day.
This month has seen the completion of the Knockout Tournaments in all categories. Star of the show is the Singles Champion Mark Webster who fought off last year's winner Dale Banks in a closely fought final. The Men's Doubles winners were the established pairing of Club Captain Kevin Harrison and stalwart Alan Puddyford. They took on the President Bill Scott and Snaith's own Richard Lyons to secure the much-coveted prize. The Mixed Doubles Greensomes was won in style by a new pairing of Maxine Wagstaffe and Matthew Forde who beat the long term partnership of Jenny Hammond and Kevin Hudson. The Mixed Foursomes were played the following week by the same two couples with Jenny and Kevin reversing the result with a convincing victory.
The final medals of the season were completed with Alan Puddyford popping up to win the monthly medal in division 1. Steve Mileham and Mike Dobson were division 2 and 3 winners. Kevin Hughes won the 1st division midweek medal, joined on the rostrum by Martin Shaw, division 2, and newcomer Darren Neary in division 3. Having qualified for the medal final at the last attempt, Martin Shaw kept his form to win the division 2 final. Dale Banks showed a glimmer of last year's all conquering play to win the Division 1 final, with Martin Shaw's doubles partner, Richard Blake sweeping up the Division 3 title!
The season long Senior trophies were dominated in unprecedented fashion by Rawcliffe's John Thompson who won the September leg of the Senior Cup on his way to picking up the overall prize. John also won the Senior Medal Shield by some distance, despite a brave attempt by Matthew Forde who shot a 63 to win the September individual prize.
Jenny Hammond won the final ladies medal of the season, however the Ladies' season was dominated by Maxine Wagstaffe who completed her fine year with a convincing victory in the Medal Final.
The Club will be holding their presentation night to honour all the year's winners on December 1st at the Drax Sports and Social Club. If you are interested in joining this successful, friendly club, there is currently an offer of 3 months free golf for new members joining before the end of January. See draxgolfclub.com for details.