After a week's postponement because of weather conditions, a record field entry challenged for the Summer Trophy. Nearly half the entrants equally or bettered a net par score, but none was better than Paul Field’s remarkable 5-under par 49.
A net eagle on hole 2 and 4 birdies were countered by a sole bogie on his card.
This medal competition resulted in a 3-way tie on 2-under net par. Colin Ayling, John Roberts and Stuart Allen all returned scores of 52. The count-back rule first eliminated Stuart then determined that Colin was 1 shot better than John in the 3rd round of count-back. This was Colin's 4th consecutive win.
Following his 7-under par victory last week, Colin Ayling put in a shattering 6-under par performance again to return a winning 42 point score in this annual event.
His handicap has tumbled by 3.2 shots in 2 weeks.
He was geatly assisted in this feat by a hole-in-one on the 3rd green.
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This competition combined a medal round and a count of the number of greens reached in regulation (stars).
It was a remarkable performance by Colin Ayling that won the medal with a net score of 7-under par, 5 shots ahead of his nearest rival. It earned him a substantial handicap cut that might be hard to live with.
Roger Stevens, once again, proved to be the most accuate, landing his ball 8 times on the green in regulation (stars)
Robin Walsh salvaged a lack-lustre round with a hole-in-one on the 3rd Hole.
This medal resulted in a close tussle between Peter Merry (handicap 9) and Rick Poyser (7).
Both returned a net score of 52, 2-under par. At the first count-back over the last nine holes, they could not be separated. In the second round, a count of the net score over the last 6 holes, Peter's 18 was one shot better than Rick's.
This proved to be a tight competition.
Only 4 points separated most of the field and 2 players tied for first place; Iain Powell and Paul Ayling with 40 points each.
Countback over the last 9 holes proved Ian Powell the winner. He was greatly assisted by a hole-in-one on the 14th hole.
The 2021 New Year Chalice was re-scheduled from January due to the Covid restrictions.
Simon Dewhurst's net 4-under par score led in the clubhouse until Tom Smith's 7-under par swept the board to win the 2021 New Year Chalice. His card included one net eagle and 6 birdies, with only 1 dropped shot.