JUST one shot separated the winner and his nearest challenger in the latest competition at Ross Golf Club.

The latest annual honours board competition held at the Gorsely based club saw 105 men members aiming for glory when the Gordon Blake Cup took place with the wet weather and tree-lined fairways providing challenging conditions.

The event also results in the opportunity for two members to qualify to take part in Gloucestershire Golfing Unions Regional Final taking place at Cirencester Golf Club in July.

Since joining the Ross Club just two years ago, Wayne Rees has dedicated considerable time to improving himself and his investment certainly paid dividends when his gross 92 net 70 medal round score won him the Cup and a place on the start-sheet at Cirencester in a few weeks’ time.

With three pars on his front nine holes giving him a sound start, Rees maintained his consistency throughout to win by just one shot.

Rees’s improvement has seen his handicap reduce from 25 to 18 in the past two years and provides further testimony to support his endeavours.

The Ross golfer has come into his 2024 summer season in good form after his partnership with Angus McIntosh in the Seniors Winter Pairs League saw them unbeaten in their nine matches played to deservedly win them the Patrick Curtis Shield.

The runners-up were Stuart Mair/Paul Dobbs who were also playing in the competition for the first time, followed by Seniors Captain Paul Burry/Tim Harrison and Phil Dicks/Mike Cheal. 28 pairings took part.

In the Gordon Blake Cup the impressive gross 78 net 71 medal round, which included two birdies achieved by seven handicapper Danny Gear meant that this seasoned campaigner just missed out on the top spot, but does result in him also representing the Ross Club at the Regional Final as the best gross handicap performer on the day.

Graham Higdon also carded a net 71 score followed by 2023 Ross Juniors Captain Leo Powell whose 0.2 world handicap index sees him now performing as a coveted scratch player.


Phil Midwinter and Paul Warwick were also gross 73 medal scorers. 

Ross Ladies are also in the middle of their summer competitions are hosting a number of open tournaments.

The following Ladies Open Competitions will be held at Ross on Wye Golf Club throughout the year and are currently open for entries:

Thursday, July 11: Ladies Eclectic Pairs Open. The popular Open competition attracts a strong field due to the interesting format, two rounds of 13 holes with lunch in between.

Sunday, August 11: Ladies Weekend 3 Ball Bowmaker; Tuesday, September 3: Ladies Invitation Day 4 Ball Betterball; Tuesday, October 22: Charity Bowmaker Coffee Morning

Information about all opens at Ross Golf Club can be found on their website: https://www.therossonwyegolfclub.co.uk