14-year-old posts outstanding 42 points as competitive golf returns at Mannings Heath Golf Club

Competitive golf finally returned to Mannings Heath on Saturday after a gap of 81 days and  some excellent scores on a blustery day suggested  members had made good use of  the three weeks since their Waterfall course re-opened.
James McCarthy and Paul TruemanJames McCarthy and Paul Trueman
James McCarthy and Paul Trueman

Leading the way with an outstanding 42 points was 14 year-old Freddie Muggeridge, playing off eight. He dropped shots on four of the opening five holes but was two under the card for the remainder helped by a brilliant eagle at the 17th. Seniors Richard Rossiter and Nick Tidey were only a point behind in second and third places with junior captain Cam Bates fourth on 39.

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A level par front nine that included two birdies helped ten handicap James McCarthy on the road to 41 points and victory in Sunday's stableford. It was reward for some intensive lockdown practice and means he will now play off single figures for the first time. Ryan Shortland and Stuart Sandell, also both playing off ten, were his nearest challengers with 39 and 38.

Monday saw the seniors back in competitive action with the Roy Sendall Cup and few members of the section could have begrudged their captain Paul Trueman the trophy in a year which has devastated the usual packed fixture list.

His superb 43 points off 18 included seven pars and two birdies yet he only pipped Peter Catchpole's equally impressive card on a back nine countback with Steve Parker third a point behind.

Mannings Heath Results

Saturday Stableford : 1st Freddie Muggeridge (8) – 42 points; 2nd Richard Rossiter (12) – 41 points; 3rd Nick Tidey (15) – 41 points.

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Sunday Stableford : 1st James McCarthy (10) – 41 points; 2nd Ryan Shortland (10) – 39 points; 3rd Stuart Sandell (10) – 38 points.

Seniors' Roy Sendall Cup : 1st Paul Trueman (18) – 43 points; 2nd Peter Catchpole (21) – 43 points; 3rd Steve Parker (12) – 42 points.

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