Gavin is champion again – 22 years on!

Gavin Simkins, men's club champion.
Gavin Simkins, men's club champion.

Gavin Simkins was crowned Mens’ Club Champion at Mount Pleasant GC on Sunday – 22 years after last holding the title.

The Men’s Club championships had record entries for the first round and despite the recent heavy rain the course was in fantastic condition.

Mount Pleasant GC. PNL-160629-110331002

Mount Pleasant GC. PNL-160629-110331002

A total of 22 players made the cut after 18 holes on the Saturday with Craig Pearce leading by two shots from Steve Moss and Shane Cowie.

After nine holes on the Sunday there were seven players within two shots of each other and after 12 holes Gavin had crept into the lead.

Playing two holes behind him was Craig Pearce, just one shot behind playing the last. Craig played a great pitch out of the long rough and holed the 10-foot putt to force a sudden death play-off.

At the first play-off hole both Crag and Gavin made 4s and then at the second Gavin made a five and Craig missed his putt from 15 feet, resulting in Gavin winning the Men’s Club Championship for the second time.

Mount Pleasant GC. PNL-160629-110318002

Mount Pleasant GC. PNL-160629-110318002

Craig finished as runner-up and Shane Cowie was third, one shot behind.

In the Ladies Championship Mary Peilow held the lead after 18 holes and went to record an impressive win over Alison Stroomer as runner up and Jean Cameron was third. Mary has previously held the title four times, most recently in 2010.

On Saturday, June 18 club captain Ian Comerford , vice captain Craig Pearce, Mark Stanley and Steve Poulsen took part in the Macmillan longest day challenge. Each played 72 holes in a day, starting at 4.30am and rounded off in the evening with a barbecue for family and friends.

The next day saw Kevin Morton, Jason Macanaspie, Lawrence Johns and Paul Robson complete the same task. The two groups between them raised an incredible £4,000.

Mount Pleasant GC. PNL-160629-110252002

Mount Pleasant GC. PNL-160629-110252002

Ascot Ladies Day on Thursday, June 16 saw 90 ladies attend the Afternoon Tea at Mount Pleasant.

The event raises funds for the Lady Captain’s charity and this year £578 is going to Macmillan Cancer Research.