Golf has hit a very wet season, but even in the rain Onie Ison has a very sunny smile as he celebrates a special year of golf at Sudbrook Moor that saw him win the appropriately titled competition – The Rainbow.
Only in his first 18 months of golf, and having tried the game because his friends played, Onie evolved as overall winner from a field of 120 competitors in The Rainbow, a series of Singles Stablefords, in its first year as that format.
The 44-year-old dug deep over 12 months and, at the final result, found a large share of the Pot of Gold. There was a breakdown of prizes for the top 25 best aggregate scores, where each player’s best six stableford scores accumulated towards the prize sharing.
There were monthly prizes too, six in each event, shared in two handicap vategories, 1-20 and 21-54. The entire club became involved, with ladies, gents, seniors and high handicap juniors.
Onie’s handicap moved down regularly until its current level of 20.4, and he notched up three wins, three seconds and a third place over the monthly results, and has moved down into the lower handicap category.
In the twos sweep, Onie recorded two birdies during the year, on par 3s, but the very special achievement was Onie’s first ace of his career, on hole number seven. His hole-in-one ensured a win of another “pot”, the two pot in the July Rainbow roll-up.
In the final stableford of the year, no-one expected to see a change in the rankings, and Onie looked very safe. However, Onie was nearly caught up by a magnificent sixth scorecard of 48 points from Paul McCarthy. Paul came out a splendid second, three aggregate points adrift, having charged through the rankings, moving from sixth position in November.
On the way, Paul enjoyed four first prizes over the 12 months and has moved his handicap to its current 17.4 from 21. Overall, Ronie Alipio finished third, and Andy Newman fourth, with each of the top four separated by a mere three points from each other.
Best six score aggregate of category 4 upwards, for over 21 handicaps, was Chris Wilmot, followed by Barry Rohland and Allan Griggs who, in the top 25 rankings, came out 10th equal, 12th and 13th equal, respectively.
The best ladies’ result came from Zoe Martin in the rankings, and the best individual ladies’ scorecard came from Carole Guy, with a 42-pointer and a handicap reduction of one to 35.
Best high handicap junior was Blake Waddingham who received a small prize as an encouragement for turning out on four occasions.
Thirty-three players shared the twos sweep accumulator with Andy Stones recording the most, three in the year.
The 2016 Rainbow Stableford Series begins on Saturday.