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
Cobra King Rescue club
Footjoy DNA Shoes
Sun Mountain carry bag
Brand Fusion push trolley
Adidas Tour 360 shoes
Bushnell Ghost satnav
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!