BAD weather meant just 18 out of 26 entrants finished the final Windwhistle seniors stableford qualifier of the year last Wednesday.

However, this pleased the greens staff and was manna from heaven for the new three holes due to be opened in December.

Golfers found conditions very difficult and the last few entrants were not able to see further than 100 metres on the closing holes.

Only one player from Division One scored below par. This was a fine effort from Norman Markby, defying the elements and scoring 39 points.

No player in Division Two was able to achieve par, and only one player scored more than 30 points.

Results: Division One (0-18) – 1 Norman Markby 39 points, 2. Tony Church 36 , 3 Mike Light 34. Division Two (19-28) – 1 Rodger Robertson 34, 2 Brian Rideout 28, 3 John Willard 27.

Windwhistle seniors entertained Long Sutton and a close match was anticipated after the away game was locked at three matches each. This turned out to be the case as it was all square after five games.

However, the last Windwhistle pair were beaten which meant the match finished 2½-3½ in favour of the away team.

Captain John Pearce said that the result might well have been reversed had a short putt not been missed on the 18th hole. And the pairing of Norman Markby and Geoff Dean were four up at one stage, only to come away with a disappointing half.

Results: John Pearce and Ray Morris lost to Jacobs and Bowman by 1 hole; Norman Markby and Geoff Dean halved with Cappa and Clarke; Mike Dawson and Keith Potter beat Tucker and Boulton by 2 and 1; Jim Morfitt and Mike Johnson lost to Radwell and Green by 4 and 3; Bert Robinson and Mike Light beat Whitehead and Dennes by 4 and 3; Bob Barrow and Brian Anderson lost to Griffiths and Cousins by 4 and 3.

Eighteen Windwhistle seniors competed in a ‘two from three’ competition in the morning.

The dream pairing of Alan Davis and Martin Curtis drew Charlie Murphy as the third player and duly won convincingly by four points.

Results: 1 Alan Davis, Martin Curtis and Charlie Murphy 84 points, 2 Robin Flower, Rodger Robertson and Brian Ayto 79.

■ RUTH Dowell carded a nett 75 to take top spot in the Silver Division in Windwhistle Ladies’ October Medal.

Bennie O’Connor was shot back in second while, in the Bronze Division, Wendy Morris took first place with 74 and Inja Graves was runner-up with 75.

The ladies’ Lifeboat Challenge was won by Jenny Scott with a nett 73. Linda McDonald was runner-up, a shot back.

Windwhistle Ladies’ last match of the season was a 3-2 win away to Taunton and Pickeridge.