Steve’s fine back nine is decisive

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A SUPERB three under par back nine steered two-handicapper Steve Weidner to victory in Rochford Hundred's December Saturday medal.

But Weidner's 68-2 = 66 was only just good enough to win division one ahead of Steve Smyth (76-9=67) and Rob Moss (73-6=67).

Weidner collected a brace of birdies on the way out with an eagle and two birdies the highlights on the back nine.

A double bogey start didn’t faze Smyth who recovered with a birdie and a very consistent 12 pars. Moss eagled the par five 16th and notched a pair of bidies plus nine pars.

Two double bogeys in the last four holes couldn't stop Malcolm Otter winning division two when his 80-13=67 was too hot for Ian Walden (80-11=69) and Julian Tapscott (82-13=69) Otter, whose handicap came down one, enjoyed a birdie plus eight pars with Walden grabbing a birdie and parring seven holes.

A trio of double bogeys put paid to Tapscott’s hopes with a birdie and eight pars not quite repairing the damage.

Four pars helped Mick Hobbs (93-18=75) to victory in division three on countback from Barry Shillum (98- 23=75) with David Wilkins (101-23=78) in third place.

Rochford Ladies held a nine hole Bisque bogey competition with victory on the front nine going to Carol Johnson (plus 3) on countback from Kay Campbell-Carr.

Countback also decided back nine honours with Josie Hodder, again on plus three, seeing off the challenge from Jen Wade, Sue Squire and Chris Fox.

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