JAMES Woodcock and Paul Traynor snatched a dramatic golf major victory in the JD Schofield at Stamford.
The bogey competition became a last-hole decider as they edged out Michael Grainger and Philip Hudson at the 18th.
Ironically the top two were paired against each other in the same four-ball and stood on the 18th tee both nine up against the course. That equated to a four-under par gross round.
Seven-handicapper James, 45, takes up the story: “Paul put his tee shot in the car park so it was all down to me to win the hole which I managed to do.
“The pressure was on me because I knew if had remained all square, we would have lost on a card play-off as Michael and Philip had a better back nine.
“It was an exciting finish, and I was especially pleased for Paul as it was his first major.”
That was not the case for James, a member for about 30 years, as this was his seventh major at Stamford and they have come in seven different competitions.
“I am proud they have been in different events from matchplay to the club championship and scratch events,” he said.
It was also a chance pairing in the JD Schofield as both players’ regular four-ball partners were away on a golfing trip to Turkey.
“You could say it was a convenient match made in heaven as Paul had never been a partner before, just an opponent,” he continued.
James, who lives in Stalybridge and works in IT, described this as the highlight of a “terrible season”.
He attributes that to not playing for about two months during lockdown as his handicap, which was once four, has crept up to seven.
Paul, 52, a financial adviser from Carrbrook, admitted James played the starring role in the victory and he only had a supporting role.
He said: “It was quite ironic that we were not regular playing partners, and both our usual partners were rooming together on a golf trip to Turkey.
“James played very well and I was okay, but together we played solid golf.”
Though this was Paul’s maiden major victory, he has twice won the Winter League at Stamford.
“That is played over a 12-week period and I was the lowest handicap golfer to win it. I regard that as good as winning a major,” he continued.
Paul was also proud of his six wins in monthly medals, two apiece in each of the three divisions, again a notable achievement.
A former PT instructor in the Army, Paul has been a member for 15 years and before that he had boxed for the Army and finishing runner-up in a tournament in Berlin. He had also played football for the Royal Signals.
Third place in the JD Schofield went to Tom Simpson and Ryan Jones who were eight up against the course while fourth were Ian Starkie and Chris Houfe who were seven up.
• In the Hyde Trophy, there was a win for Ian Slater with a score of 339, one clear of Stuart Fletcher.
The next three places went to Ryan Glaister (345), Ryan Jones (347) and Kevin Duffy (348).
• Stuart Fletcher (76-10-66) edged out Ryan Jones (76-10-66) on the card for top spot in division one of the monthly medal. Third was Tony McClusky (79-11-68).
The first three places in division two went to Chris Jones (82-15-67), Regan Glaister (81-13-68) and Ian Slater (88-13-75).
Runaway winner of division three was Adam Wells (93-25-68). Second was Alex Martin (90-18-72) on the card from Nicolas Rabbeth (96-20-76).