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Countback secures June medal for Jack Baldry
3:00pm Thursday 12th June 2014 in Sport
ROCHFORD Hundred held their June Saturday medal where scores across all categories reflected the tough scoring conditions on the day.
The top category had to be decided on countback as Jack Baldry and Mark Walden both returned nett 72.
Five handicapper Baldry shot 77-5=72 on his way to victory with his front nine leaving him with a lot of work to do as a costly double bogey coupled with five other dropped shots left him at seven over par.
Baldry recovered on the inward nine as he avoided any further dropped shots, with a birdie ultimately proving decisive on the par four 14th.
Walden (76-4=72) hit the turn at four over but recovered as eight straight pars left him on the brink of victory until the very last hole where a finely played bogey put him in the runners-up berth.
The second division saw another close fight as the first four were all separated by just a solitary stroke.
Jonathan Thornley shot 76-6=70 to secure his section with an all-round solid display.
Eight pars on his front nine left him at just one over gross as he turned for home, from where three bogeys on the spin briefly halted his charge.
But he regained his composure as he closed out the win from Chris Chaplin (80-9=71). Chaplin posted six pars and a fine birdie on the par three seventh as he sneaked into second on countback from two other players.
The final section saw Malcolm Treglohan (88-18=70) edge a one shot victory from Dave Franklin (89-18=71), which also saw Treglohan earn himself a one shot handicap cut to 17.
The midweek Scott Spencer was dominated by two excellent performances as they put clear daylight between them and the rest of the field.
But countback was again required to separate Lloyd Wright and Paul Kicks as they both shot 40 points.
Three handicapper Wright’s outward nine contained five pars and three birdies including back to back on holes six and seven.
Six more pars followed with another birdie making the difference in the 16th as the last three holes were the deciding factor in his win.
Kicks responded with 11 pars and a birdie of his own, but where Wright birdied the 16th, Kicks bogeyed the same hole which ultimately made the difference.
Kicks’ reward for a fine effort was a handicap cut to eight. The emerging Jake McGrath snatched third on countback as seven players all posted 36 points.