LPH pupils Niall and Matty dominate club majors
11 July 2019 8:27 am
'Young Guns Dominate Club Majors'
The annual blue ribbon event in Ross Golf Club's programme for handicap category division 1 men members is the Mike Lane Trophy played over 36 holes on a gross medal basis in honour of the late Mike Lane, a highly accomplished and fondly remembered former Ross Club Men's Champion. It was therefore timely that the competition's 2 rounds played on separate days coincided with the temporary return to club ranks of 22 years old +1 Handicap golfer Niall Powell having recently successfully completed the first year of a 2 years International Competitive Scholarship at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, New Mexico. In defending the Mike Lane Trophy title Niall won in 2018 his gross scores of 71 & 73 to give him a combined level par 144 again made him an outstanding Champion with 2019 Ross Juniors Captain Harry Griffiths in the runners-up spot with a combined 152. Harry was followed by Robin Eckley 157, Stuart Smith 158 and teenager Rhys McGinley and Jason Bolton both carding 159 totals.
For the best net handicap performers the same 2 rounds format enables members to compete for the Traders Cup being one of the Ross Club's longest standing majors and is steeped in history having been initiated by the many and varied traders who once dominated the Wye Valley scene.The event's importance and relevance was upgraded 4 years ago and for second successive year was won by a teenager and product of the Ross Club's investment in young people policy instigated in 2012 by Head Professional Tim Hall and his School of Golf Academy.
Matty Dobbs as a 13 year old became a Junior member with a 36 handicap in July 2016 and to his credit has fully embraced the Junior Academy's continuous improvement culture and in so doing has developed into into an accomplished 13 handicap golfer and a personable young man. Matty's combined 136 nett total gave him a 5 shots advantage over runner-up Club Secretary Ian Griffiths who is also enjoying a highly effective season. In 3rd & 4th position were teenagers Harry Griffiths 142 and Rhys McGinley 143 where Rhys was runner-up in the 2018 event and is another fitting example for in the past 6 months he has seen his handicap tumble remarkably from 15 to 6. His latest success saw him paired with Tim Wyatt in the annual Tim Hall School of Golf Junior/Adult event which they won with 42 points thereby denying top spot to his sister, Rhian and dad Jonathan who scored 39 points in finishing runners-up. In the Traders Cup seasoned campaigner 10 handicapper Colin Bennion impressed in equal 4th position with a 143 total.