Five still in the running for the Order of Merit

Jim Kirby
Jim Kirby

The Seniors Championship is the penultimate ‘Major’ of the year and is usually a tough obstacle for Bridlington Links EGGS members because it is a medal.

This year saw a staggering result, with the top 10 finishers all being under par on a clear, calm day.

Some players would have handed their cards in with complete optimism, but their hopes were dashed by Roy Porter’s return of 64 nett.

It was a magnificent round and fitting to take a ‘Major’ on a day when so many competitors contributed to make the result so special.

Jim Kirby returned the lowest gross score of the day, but his handicap left him one shot away from the winner with a fine 65 nett and a nearest the pin award on the tricky 14th hole.

Ron Howarth was two shots away in third place and was denied a hat-trick of “Major” victories having won the last two.

Ken Beatson saw off all challenges on the fourth hole with nearest the pin on a tough hole with the pin position being demanding.

With one fixture remaining, it is unprecedented that there are still five competitors who are still in the race for the Order of Merit Award.

Thursday’s back nine competition was a victory for vice-captain Ian Sawyer with a score of 18 points for his half-round. He was a point clear of Paul Haigh, who in turn was a point clear of Brian Rudd in third place.