Biggs holds nerve to seal second championship title
Diss Golf Club staged their biggest event of the year as the Club Championships attracted 90 members to take part with a host of impressive scores.
The event this year was a mixed affair, with the ladies’ section participating for their own trophies over the two days of the weekend, in tandem with the men’s section.
Day one saw changeable weather, with the early starters suffering the worst of the damp conditions.
This did not dramatically affect the standards achieved and, after completion of the day, Josh Driver, Archie Moore and Ken Bowman were heading the leader boards in both the Handicap and the Gross competitions.
The ladies’ field was headed by Jane Izod, Kerry Enever, and Sarah Gotts in the Scratch, and Jane Fishwick and Sandra Bowman were competing strongly for the Handicap prize.
Day two showed a complete contrast in the weather conditions with the early starters benefiting from dry conditions.
The main contenders however played at the end of the field and therefore suffered the rainy showers throughout the day.
Despite this, the standard of play remained high with Tony Osborn improving to win the day two gross and Chris Metcalf, with a nett 68, taking the Handicap.
The main overall competition was hotting up with Driver holding on to his lead in the Scratch competition. Biggs showed rapid improvement, with four birdies, taking him to four under at one stage, and Ken Bowman was also repeating the standards he had reached on day one.
The ladies’ scratch competition was becoming a one-horse race with Izod maintaining her consistency throughout the day.
The Handicap event was more competitive, with 12 ladies within four shots after the first day.
Both the men’s and ladies’ handicap competitions culminated with two superb individual rounds, seeing Bowman return a nett 66 to take the Men’s Championship Handicap Trophy by five shots on 136 for the two rounds.
His wife Sandra Bowman matched her husband by taking the Ladies’ Handicap Trophy by eight shots on 146 having recorded a very creditable nett 69 on day two.
Izod’s efforts were duly rewarded with success in the overall ladies’ championship by heading the scratch field by six with a score of 182.
The men’s championship was coming down to the wire, with Biggs and Driver fighting it out.
Biggs had recovered a five shot deficit from day one and had a slight advantage over Driver over the last two holes.
Both players struggled, but Driver’s persistence saw him level with Biggs after the end of the round both on 147.
A sudden death play-off was then required, which following an errant shot by Driver, on the first play off hole saw Biggs take the title for the second time.