Players found the new standard scratch score
of the course tough, with only 11 breaking par.
YOUNG Jack McKie 'beat his age' when he recorded an 83, 10 over the standard scratch score
of Llangollen Golf Club off the back tees in a Denbighshire Golf Union stroke play event while representing his home club Clays.
Explaining the extra yardage this year, Morpeth general manager Terry Minett said: "It means that although the par of 71 remains the same, the standard scratch score
has gone up from 69 to 71, also bearing in mind many of our trees have now grown and matured."
Shirley Golf Club has been elevated into the higher echelons of Midland golf courses after having its Standard Scratch Score
- by which a course's difficulty is measured - reassessed.
By contrast 2005 brought a quiet heatwave and a day when, with the standard scratch score
at 75, Julie Ross of Whitley Bay returned 72,67 to win with 139 which remains the record.
The tournament was deemed a Handicap Qualifier by the organisers and a competition standard scratch score
of 73 was established for all players both home and away.
There will be a competitive element as well, when Humphreys plays each course he will be trying to beat the standard scratch score
of that course - if he fails then half the money raised by that club will go to their captain's charity for this year.
With the white markers as far back as possible, it was unusual for the standard scratch score
of 71 to be the same as the par for the course.
THE standard scratch score
in the Champions at Rockliffe on Sunday was 74 and the competition scratch score 76.
She won with a net two-under-par 78 on a foul day at Kenilworth when the standard scratch score
was raised from 73 to 75.
The three-handicapper returned a splendid 71 - one above the competition standard scratch score
- to tie at the head of affairs with Wenvoe Castle's Nick James, but he took it with a better second nine-hole total.
Such was the brilliance of Saturday's golf at Matfen - "unprecedented" said county secretary and president Elliott Procter - that the Standard Scratch Score
went down by one stroke in both rounds.