BARRIE Tucker was very glad to see his golf clubs had been returned to the Pro Shop after being repaired just in time for the Seniors Open and his ‘old friends’ performed superbly for him as he carried off the top prize.

Again, the wet weather almost spoiled the event but the greenstaff worked wonders to ensure the competition could go ahead and the home players dominated the prizewinners.

Tucker accumulated 42 points on his winning circuit of the course, thanks to a superb short game display and this gave him the coveted Bill Martin Trophy by a two-point margin.

Second place overall went to Tony Groves with 40 points and he was awarded the Veterans Trophy for the best score by an over-70-year-old. Third place went to Mike Allen on 38 points and the final piece of silverware on offer was claimed by Roger Blackwell. His score of 37 points gave him the Nicoll Trophy for the leading score in the 65-69 age bracket.

Club captain Stewart Garrett’s run of bad luck with the weather continued as he saw his Captain’s Day claimed by the rain. With plans for an excellent day full of golf and entertainment in place, the one thing he couldn’t control, the weather, ultimately decided the outcome of the day.

Heavy and persistent overnight rain fell on to an already-sodden golf course and it wasn’t a great surprise when the greenstaff had no option but to put the ‘Course Closed’ signs up early on Saturday morning.

The day has now been re-arranged for Saturday, October 6, when it is hoped summer may have arrived.