IT TOOK a countback to decide the winner of Leamington & County’s prestigious Town Ball, a 36-hole contest played over last weekend.
On Saturday no fewer than five golfers recorded scores of 71 - Andy Eadon (16), Andy White (13), Damon Fenton (20), Tony Jones (14) and Tony Partridge (4).
Sunday saw Tony Partridge an early leader with another 71, but he had challengers in the shape of James Young who returned a 70 off his eight handicap, and Trevor Lea who also scored a 70 off his 16 handicap.
This brought about the golfers’ equivalent of a penalty shoot-out ‘a count back’ and this time a nine-hole ‘count back’ with Lea edging out Young.
Ian Jones, who plays off three, nearly gate-crashed the party to grab fourth place with 76 and 69 for 145.
The Huggins Bowl for best gross over the 36 holes went to the evergreen Tony Partridge with his 150. Tony won the trophy as long ago as 1979.
Meanwhile, 17-year-old junior member Liam Salmon will remember his first Town Bowl when he scored an ace at the 182-yard third hole on Sunday.
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