TRIPLE World Blind Golf Champion Paul Appleyard scored a memorable victory in the Jyske Bank Trophy event last month.
The Med Golf penultimate tournament in the 2016/17 season was held on the New Course at San Roque Club,
A stiff breeze added to the difficulty for players on the course but Paul, a former organiser of Med Golf events, was up to the challenge.
His very fine 36 points was enough, on handicap from George Clayton, to win the Trophy and two green fees on the SCR Old Course.
San Roque is the home of Med Golf and hosts the Med Golf Masters event in August on the Old Course when the top ten players in the Order of Merit will compete for the Med Golf Masters Champion trophy.
The individual Stableford competition was contested by 76 players including a welcome number of guests. Many were SRC members; one of whom won the Best Guest prize; Christer Eriksson, with the best score of the day of 39 Stableford points. However, to mark the event, every guest who played on the day was rewarded with a one-year free membership of Med Golf.
Other prizes were:
Best pair, Paul Nash and Matthew Warner with a combined score of 64 points. Matthew also won a category prize.
Best performance on all four Par 3 holes was Mary Flavin with a score of 1-over par.
The longest drive was won by David MacGregor.
The Best Gross Trophy, for which every hole must be scored, was won by Callum Ritchie with a score of 75. It was Callum’s debut in a Med Golf tournament and his gross score was a remarkable 11 shots better than his nearest rival.
Handicap prizes were as follows:
Category 1 (handicaps 0 to 12): the runner up with 33 points on handicap was Roger Griffiths. The winner was Sandy Casofsky with a score of 34 points.
Category 2 (handicaps 13 to 22): the runner up was Matthew Warner with 34 points and the winner, on handicap, was Debbie Richards also with 34 points.
Category 3 (handicap 23 and above): James Barr was the runner up with 28 points and the winner, who just missed winning the event on handicap with 36 points, was George Clayton. George’s disappointment might have been greater had he not been the Cat 3 winner at La Cańada in April 2017 and won the Casino Admiral Trophy at Alcaidesa in May 2017.
Nearest the pin winners were: James Barr, Callum Ritchie, Jan Runo, and George Clayton. Nearest to the pin in two shots on a Par 4 was Jon Hale, and nearest to the pin in three shots on a Par 5 was James Lax.
The Jyske Bank prizes of invitation vouchers for 2 green fees on the San Roque Club Old and lunch at the Star Bar in Gibraltar were won respectively by Sam Broderick and Ann Evans. The star prize, a prestigious Bettinardi Putter, was won by Dermot Keelan.