A winning return for Doig at blustery Links

Due to the high winds, with gusts of up to 55mph, Bridlington Links’ scheduled competition of the Queen Mother’s Shield was hastily reorganised for a 4BBB pairs event, played more realistically off yellow tees.

Paul Portlock and Ian Doig had the best round of the day with 40 points and rather unusually did their main scoring on the back nine, coming home with 22 points.

Doig, who recently returned to Bridlington after a short stay in Scotland, also scored the only two with a classy chip from the fringe of the 17th green.

They were closely followed by the new pairing of Paul Gilby and Richard Shippy, who also put together an excellent round of 39 points.

For one of the competitors, Steve Flowerdew, it was a memorable competition as it was the first time he had managed to birdie the 12th hole which he did with a chip in from just off the green.

The club’s EGGS section played nine and 18 hole competitions last Tuesday, with the majority taking on the full course.

The back nine proved to be a real handful, but Mike Lidster, Vic Mackinder and Ron Midgley rose to the occasion with a card of 103 points

Runners-up Brian Isham, Max Schietaert and Charles Outhart were six points back and twos were recorded by John Lamont, Jim Kirby and Derek Begg.

The front nine contest was a low-scoring Event, with Brian Rudd continuing his good run of form to take the spoils. He beat Mick Shevill on a countback after both returned cards of 14 points.

Thursday’s back nine competition was a real challenge given the cold and the wind that blew across the course and there were no under-par performances, but Isham weighed in with a victory with 17 points which was just one shot clear of Tony Whitaker. The only two was scored by Ian Doig who finished a creditable third on countback from Brian Higham.

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