Final RTB event of 2106 – October Medal

What a series the Road to Barnham Order of Merit has been in 2016 with the winner to be decided on this, the, final event of the year. The rewards were considerable with prizes worth, in retail terms, just over £3000!

With double points on offer a top finish could mean a big move in what was a compact leaderboard. Whilst the top 5 were vying for the Overall Merit title, excellent prizes were still available down to 15th place, with competitors finishing between 16th and 30th place to receive a ‘goody bag’ of golf items (balls, glove tees etc).

What a cracking event it turned out to be with 2 of the leading top 5 turning in leading scores. Paul Dunning, the OOM leader finished with a net 71 be the runner-up in Division 2 but would that be enough to hold off Paul Dodman who won the Division with a net 70?

A trio of net 70s in Division 1 meant that once again count back was in play which saw Steve Freestone take 3rd, Nigel Render 2nd and the top spot by Robbie Watts. The OOM points won by these players caused some serious moves up the leaderboard – Robbie up from 33rd to 12th, Nigel moving from 13th to 8th, and Steve entering the top 5 in 4th place from 11th position. Well played gents – excellent timing.

The overall medal was won by Paul Dodman on count back – congratulations Paul who also wins the Autumn Cup.

Back to the OOM. Which Paul took the title or did someone else have a late run?

Well – this was the top 5 in reverse order:

5th  Jonathan Hinton  869,683 points

4th  Steve Freestone  926,134 points

3rd  Stu Black  1,259,124 points

2nd  Paul Dodman  1,389,861 points

1st   Paul Dunning  1,414,007 points

Superb effort by Paul (Dunning!) who wins the 2016 RTB Order of Merit Trophy!

In places 6th to 15th were:

6th  Oli Underhill- Smith

7th  Nigel Norton

8th  Nigel Render

9th  Howard Barber

10th  James Ducker

11th  Lloyd Douglas

12th  Robbie Watts

13th  Mark Leeds

14th  Stephen Large

15th   Mark Staz

(The full results will posted later this week as Nigel is on holiday)

The prizes and the goody bags will be presented at the AGM on the 24th November. The top 15 in the OOM will be able to select the prize of their choice with the winner having the first option and so on.

The prizes on offer (subject to availability) will be:

Motocaddy S1 Trolley with 18 hole Lithium battery

Wilson C200 Irons

Bushnell Tour v3 Rangefinder

Titleist Scotty Cameron putter  x 2

3 Cobra Trusty Rusty wedges

Wilson Staff Cart bag

Waterproof Suit

Cobra King Rescue club

Footjoy DNA Shoes

Sun Mountain carry bag

Brand Fusion push trolley

Adidas Tour 360 shoes

Bushnell Ghost satnav

Adidas jumper

Once again a huge thank you goes to Nigel Render for looking after the running of the RTB OOM – superb job once again.

Also a huge thank you to everyone who has supported the competitions throughout the year and made this all possible. If it has been your year – well done and celebrate accordingly.  If it hasn’t, don’t dwell on what might have been – get out there on the practice ground and get in shape for 2017!

Men: Summer Pairs Final goes to the 18th hole

This year’s summer pairs was contested between James Ducker and Craig Barker and those stalwarts of Barnham Broom Chris Langton and Geoff Hardy.

A closely fought match throughout  saw the Ducker and Barker combo miss a good opportunity on the 17th to go one up to play. With the teams standing all square on the 18th both Langton and Hardy hit their tee shots in the trees to the right hand side of the fairway with their opponents on the fairway. James Ducker then finds the middle of the green with his second shot some 20 feet away from the flag. After hitting a few trees with his second shot Geoff Hardy with 70 yards left to the flag hits his next shot within 10 feet. A short approach putt by James was followed by Geoff holing his putt for par. Alas, James was unable to match this meaning that Geoff and Chris are this year’s Summer Pairs Champions!

Congratulations to both teams for making the final.


RTB Leaderboard after the October Stableford

It is all bubbling up nicely with closest RTB for some time.

With 2 Midweeks and one season ending finale event to come there are 6 players in with a chance of taking away the RTB Order of Merit Trophy, a top notch prize and not forgetting eternal glory – their name on the trophy board beside the Golf Shop! (If we include the 2 Midweeks that are left there are 8 players with a chance)

So who will hold their nerve better than their rivals or coming into form at the right time? It’s going to be fascinating!


RTB October Stableford

This was the penultimate weekend event for the RTB  Order of Merit ahead of the season’s finale – the Major for the Autumn Cup on the 15th October.

There were 67 entries playing on the Hill course in blustery conditions which made scoring difficult. That said we had our first eagle on the par 4  13th for some time – Adam Sims holing out with his second shot. It is normally a tough hole to par let alone get an eagle!

In Division 2 a ‘par’ (what is the collective noun for people with the same scores?) of 34 points battled it out for second and third place. Paul Mckerrel and James Ducker missed out with David Ellis taking third and Tim Mather the runner-up spot. Winner of the Division with 35 points was Matt Collinge – well played Matt.

Over in Division 1,  Richard Hughes with 37 points was pushed down into third place on count back by Nigel Norton who secured 2nd place. Out in front with a fine 38 points though was Graham Knights who takes all the spoils – Division and Overall Stableford winner.

Congratulations Graham!