Based on experience and lower handicaps, Jude McManus and Paul Stanford were the favourites to win the Walton Shield, the premier Mixed Matchplay competition for Senior golfers at Bromsgrove GC. Yet, they found themselves two down after three holes as Anne Rowe produced a net par to win the 1st hole with Phil Harris securing par at the 3rd hole.
With the next two holes halved, it looked like Jude and Paul were in for a difficult day at the office. However, Jude’s par at the 6th reduced the arrears, and when she rolled in a curling 20-foot putt for par at the 7th it looked as though the match was about to go all-square. However, Anne rattled in a 15-foot putt to steal the limelight and maintain a slim advantage. But it was short-lived as Jude parred the 8th and Paul won the 9th hole. From 2 down to 1 up, the tide had turned.
At the 11th hole, Jude almost holed out, her ball glancing the flag to finish less than a foot from the cup. Paul then won the 12th and Jude the 14th to go dormie four. If anything exemplified the great spirit in which the match was played, it was Paul’s concession of two lengthy putts for his opponents at the 15th as that provided the half that he and Jude needed to win the match 4&3.
Jude and Paul will receive the Walton Shield at Presentation Night in November.
The featured picture shows (from l to r) Phil Harris, Anne Rowe, Jude McManus, Paul Stanford