The 2010 Seniors Championship was played at Broadstone GC on arguably the two hottest days of the year so far with the new format to find this year's County Seniors Champion by having the top eight go forward into a match play phase. The scoring during the mornings eighteen hole medal was not the best seen with some of the favourites faltering. Bob Dilkes Knighton Heath had the best round coming home in 75 he was closely followed by Steve Lewis DG&CC who had a 76 along with Dave Barton Bournemouth & Meyrick Park.
The Handicap Champion was Steve Lewis DG&CC who with a gross 76 off 11 had a net 65, needless to say Steve will now be playing off 9. The runner up was Gerald Hayes from Weymouth with a gross 77 net 66.
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(Please note if you click on the word gross it will convert to the net results)
The age group prizes went to the following:
Scratch: Graham Taylor Knighton Heath GC
Handicap: Peter Scott Broadstone GC
65 to 69:
Scratch: Roger Ireland Broadstone GC
Handicap: Charlie Vartan Parkstone GC
60 to 64:
Scratch: Patrick Lynch Sherborne GC
Handicap: Bob Wootton DG&CC
55- to 59:
Scratch: Bob Dilkes Knighton Heath GC
Handicap: Dave Barton Bournemouth & Meyrick Park GC
So to the match play phase and the top eight would now compete to see who would become this years Seniors Championship and also win the converted Silver Medal.
Bob Dilkes played Nigel Green last years Handicap Champion and this went all the way with little to choose between them, Nigel just edged it when he won the seventeenth to go one up and secured a halve at eighteen. Steve Lewis continued his good form beating fellow club member Bob Wootton 2&1. Colin Short Parkstone in his first major senior's event won 2&1 against a spirited Gerald Hayes from Weymouth and with Dave Barton 1 up coming down eighteen Graham Butson still had work to do to turn this around having been dormy three down and thus keep Broadstone still in the hunt. He did not disappoint, David found the trees off the tee so it was back up the first, Dave produced a monster drive but the wedge in came up short and with a birdie secured by Graham and a 3 putt from Dave the remarkable fight back was achieved.
So to Wednesday and the Semis saw Nigel take on Colin and this was nip and tuck early doors by the turn Colin was two up and looking comfortable with Nigel scrambling some good halves. Colin found the rough a little tough on the right of thirteen and it was back to one but then Nigel found trouble off the tee on the next and with Colin making a good half on fifteen and then winning sixteen it was game over 3&2. Local hero Graham played Steve Lewis from DG&CC and was soon in control and through the early holes established a four hole lead, Steve fought back well and by the turn got it back to two. Steve should have won the tenth but only managed a halve he won eleven made a remarkable halve at twelve and having won thirteen was all square, he then went on to sunk a huge putt on fourteen and was now 1 up. Graham got it back to all square and was looking good to take a one hole lead on seventeen as Steve found the second fairway, but he made a remarkable four and if you want to know how ask Graham as he explains it far better than I can. A halve on the last saw Graham yet again go up the first (gluten for punishment) and yet again he secured the win at the first extra hole to set up a Broadstone Parkstone Final. Both Graham and Colin were fatigued but they still produced some good golf Colin though did lose his way slightly at the start and by the seventh graham had a four hole lead. Colin made a spirited come back and after fourteen was just one behind, with them now playing par golf fifteen and sixteen were halved, Colin hit a bit drive down seventeen and with Graham taking a four iron in there was no stop and the ball went to the back of the green Colin just had a flick with the wedge but sadly he tweaked it left missing the green and ending up behind a tree blocking his path back to the green, with Graham securing his two putts for par it was enough for him to become the 2010 Seniors County Champion and he is congratulated on winning.
We must also mention Broadstone GC who looked after all competitors and provided them with a course in excellent condition. Very many thanks.