White Horse reined-in by Nick Whiting in rain-soaked battle against the elements.
Played from the longest tees the White Horse Trophy lived up to its reputation as one of the toughest tests of the year as 39 of the most irrepressible West Wilts members fought it out over two rounds.
When you look at the past competition winners of this event on the boards above the bar you’ll notice that this 36-hole event is generally won by one of our best, most consistent, low handicap golfers. This year was no exception with the eventual winner achieving an excellent combined score of 136 or two under par over both rounds. Eight handicapper Nick Whiting followed a solid net 70 in the morning with an excellent 66 in the afternoon round to lift the prize.
Photo: Captain Steve Few presents White Horse Trophy to Nick Whiting.
The early leaders in the clubhouse after the first round were Jason Greatley, Paul Trim and Roger Morris. None of these three were able to hang on to their lead. The afternoon was won by Paul Simpson with a net 65 who trumped Tom Martin on countback. Tom achieved the lowest gross score of the day with a fantastic gross 71.
Scoring overall reflected the unwelcome conditions of strong southerly winds and although the rain held off for most of the day the late finishers had to cope with torrential rain. It was the sort of rain that has the same effect as being showered from about twelve feet with a pressure washer.
The most difficult hole of the day was the 8th which only yielded 9 pars over the two rounds. Scoring reflected the conditions with afternoon scores averaging 1.2 more shots per round than the morning.