Steel shows his metal to take Classic Trophy
South Cliff Classic report
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‘Last weekend saw the 17th playing of the annual ‘South Cliff Classic’.
Members and visitors were greeted with an immaculately presented course but a strong gusty wind made for tough scoring.
Setting the early pace on Saturday was Gary Dixon, his nett 70 looked like giving him the overnight lead until a pair of excellent nett 69's from defending champion Andy Noble and Andrew Harris saw them taking the top 2 positions into Sunday’s round.
The best gross score of the day was a 75 by Club Champion, Sean Burrows. The prize for the best score by a player with a handicap index of 16.3 or above went to Phil Cappleman with a nett 68.
The cut for Sunday's round was made at nett 78, this gave all the surviving 36 players a realistic chance of posting a low score and putting pressure on the last groups.
That player was Matthew Steel, a superb nett 69 to go with his nett 74 from Saturday gave him a 2 round total of 1 under par, 143.
As scores were posted, it became apparent that Matthew might hold on and take the trophy.
With just 2 groups to finish it looked like only Zack Roberts, Gary Dixon, Sean Burrows or Andy Noble could deny Matthew.
Zack posted a solid nett 74 to go with his first round 72 and a 2 round total of 146. Next in was Club Champion Sean Burrows, needing a nett 71 to tie, Sean managed another excellent round of nett 72, just 1 short of the lead.
That left Gary needing a nett 72 and Andy a nett 73 to pip Matthew, neither could meet their target, this meant that Matthew was crowned as the winner of the 2023 South Cliff Classic.
The best gross score of the day was posted by Shaun Smith with a 75, Jeff McDonald taking the 16.3+ prize with a nett 72.

The ‘Plate’ competition which runs alongside the Classic was won by Rob Gretton with an excellent nett 66, the gross prize was won by Shaun Smith with a 2 round total of 154.
The 16.3+ handicap index prize for higher handicap players was won by Phil Cappleman with a 2 round total of 146.
GT Garages in Scarborough had provided a £20k car for any player making a hole in 1 on Sunday’s round, sadly no one managed the feat....next year hopefully!
A full list of the winners can be found on the club website.

Many thanks to Judy Locking, Ali Lockwood, Anita Arnold-Forster, Mary Ryan, Susan Negus and John Noble for manning the registration desk, acting as starters and witnessing the 'Hole in 1', the competition could not run without these volunteers!

Regards
Shaun

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