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Stalbridge’s Malcolm Slarke wins his first-ever Club Competition

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When Malcolm Slarke joined Yeovil Golf Club in May 2020 it was his first-ever membership of a golf club, but after only eleven months he has won his first-ever club competition.

Malcolm, who comes from Stalbridge in Dorset, is one of the numerous Newton Course members who play their golf on what is often described as one of the best nine-hole courses in the South West. His 39-point performance on the eighteen-hole Stableford competition saw him establish a three-point lead over second-placed Michael Barter.

Playing twice around the Newton Course competitors used the white tees for their first nine holes and then the red tees on the back nine. Malcolm, who scored a storming 24 points on the back nine, put his success down to being able to safely navigate the tricky dog-leg 7th and 8th holes.

The next day, seventy-seven-year-old Dave Lonsdale posted the best score of the day among the eighty-eight players competing in the optional Senior Stableford competition which was held over the Club’s eighteen-hole Old Course. His 40 points also saw him take first prize in Division Three ahead of Dick Whittingham and William Brooks who finished in second and third places, respectively.

Jim Paterson’s 38 points saw him win first prize in Division One on a countback from Jim Vincent, with David Brocklebank in third place with 37 points. First place in Division Two fell to Michael Bennett, with Allan Houghton and Andrew Eady claiming the second and third places.

Making her mark in the Ladies Stableford Competition was 16-handicap Janie Minogue whose 37 points was the best score of the day and saw her take first place in Division One. It was two points ahead of second-placed Di Williams and a further point ahead of Anne Bunce in third place. Carole Ollington finished in first place within Division Two, with Ann Evans and Ingrid Birch in second and third place, respectively.

It was lovely to be playing again after the Lockdowns and I was lucky to have lovely playing partners. The course had been so well looked after by the green staff during the Lockdown period.

Janie Minogue

There are various membership packages available at Yeovil Golf Club. Full membership provides unlimited golf on both the eighteen-hole Old Course and nine-hole Newton Course. Newton Course members are restricted to the nine-hole course and there are various Lifestyle Membership packages in which members pay a smaller upfront fee for a limited amount of golf then receive discount on green fees.

Many competitions are open to all members who are eligible to play on the day and course involved. Others are open to Ladies, Seniors (55+) and Juniors.

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