The Final leg of the Golfer of the Year, the September Monthly Medal will take place next Sunday 24th September.
The winner of the Golfer of the Year is based on the total number of points accumulated from a competitor’s best 7 scores from the 12 Golfer of the Year events. In each competition 10 points are awarded if a player’s net score equals the Competition Scratch Score, with one additional point awarded for every shot better than CSS and one point deducted for every shot below CSS.
After eleven rounds of the competition the Leader board is as follows:
Mick Aherne is well placed to make it a double in 2017, given that he effectively has the Gross Medal of the Year “sewn up” and “In the bag”. A slight cause for concern here however is that Mick’s 79 points were all scored in the first 7 competitions of the year and his last 3 scores have all been non-counting. Can Mick produce the goods under pressure on the big stage next Sunday is the question on everyone’s lips?
Ciaran Barker would appear to Mick’s main threat and he started the year with a very impressive 43 points total in the first four competitions but his end-of-season form has dipped slightly with a 9 pointer in the August monthly Medal being the only real bright spot since the middle of June. He is now only 1 point behind Mick and must be seen as a genuine contender.
The real dark horse here however must be Chris Alcock. Having played in only one of the first five competitions and scored what can best be described as a respectable 9 points, the keys to his trophy cabinet never looked in danger of being touched for at least another year. An incredible 57 points in 5 competitions since 5th July however has seen Chris leapfrog most of the field into a brilliant third place. While he must be disappointed with a 4 pointer in the Centenary Trophy last week, he will be consoled by the fact that this 4 pointer effectively gives him a 5 shot advantage over Mick and Ciaran next week, but he will still have to produce a 14 pointer if he wants to lift the trophy.
Congratulations to Paul Daniels who produced the best score of the year to date, a magical 18 points in the August Monthly Medal. In all 287 players have completed and the full table of scores is available here. GOY Table