THERE was double delight for one of the Examiner Overseas Challenge’s most popular figures, Longley Park’s Eddie Doherty.
Not only did he come in with the winning team on the opening day in the Team Stableford at Poniente, but along with Headley’s Darren Whiting (the overall runner-up) he also picked up first prize in the Fourball Betterball on the penultimate day’s competition.
And, as is very often the case in the Betterball competition, it was the last fourball who delivered the winning card.
Playing off three-quarters handicap, Doherty – a full 13-handicapper – had three nett birdies on the outward half, but really held the duo together over the difficult holes on the back nine, coming on the card on five successive holes, including bagging a four-pointer at the 223-yard 13th.
It was a very good performance by both men, as they made equal halves of 24 for a marvellous 48-point winning tally.
And that put Doherty and his partner three ahead of another Longley man, Tim Dyson and his partner, Bingley’s Sheila Wright, who were second on countback from Wendy Dufton (Bingley) and Robin Hanson (Woodhall Hills).
Last year’s Ladies’ champion Julie Whiting had been first out with her partner John Morse, and for a while they held the leading card with 44 points, but they eventually slipped down to fourth after being upstaged by husband Darren.
Although the Poniente course is relatively short (just over 4,000 yards) and with a par of 62, which includes 10 par three holes) almost the entire 36-strong Examiner party were full of praise for the quirky course set on the hillside of a Mediterranean pine forest overlooking the sea and the nearby dramatic mountain range with its very testing greens.
Dyson (11) and Wright (21) just edged out Dufton and Hanson for the runners-up spot after making 22 points on the back nine as opposed to 21, both pairs netting 45 points in total.
The Bingley lady was first on the card, birdieing the opening hole (one of four three-pointers), while Dyson also made four birdies in total, plus a nett eagle for four points, like Doherty, at the 13th.
It was particularly good scoring throughout the day however, with even the last of the 18 pairs carding 34 points.
1 E Doherty (Longley Park) and D Whiting (Headley) 48pts; 2 S Wright (Bingley St Ives) and T Dyson (Longley Park) 45pts; 3 W Dufton (Bingley St Ives) and R Hanson (Woodhall Hills) 45pts; 4 J Whiting (Headley) and J Morse (Woodhall Hills) 44pts; 5 P Holdsworth (Bingley St Ives) and C Holmes (Meltham) 44.