Double joy for Nest’s Higgins


Crow Nest Park Golf Club Captain Shaun Higgins continued his his excellent run of form as he claimed his second Club Major inside a week.

What makes his recent acheivement all the more impressive is that Higgins had previously won only one Major back in 2004 and had gone almost 10 years without another.

Playing some of the best golf of his life, last week he stood eight shots behind on the day one leader board and then shot a net 62 on day two and won the Crow Nest by three strokes, and on Saturday, September 14 he won the re-arranged Thompson Shield, the Club’s oldest Major competition.

The winner won the event by one stroke from best gross scorer Tom Holmes who returned a gross 71 net, 66. Holmes took the runners up place on a count back from Richard Langley-Webb who, playing off a handicap of 11, returned a gross 77. In fourth place was Steven May who scored a creditable gross 75 net 67.

Higgins, after his recent haul of major titles has had his handicap reduced by 4 strokes in the last week and now plays off his lowest ever handicap of 5.6.

From a record field of 94 players club Captain Higgins won the Crow Nest Cup by a margin of three shots.

The weekend provided two days of fine weather, which when coupled with the excellent condition of the course, gave the competitors almost perfect conditions, although some of the pin positions on day one caused one or two problems.

Having played an average round of +2 on the first day, Higgins stormed to the front with a stunning second round of 72 gross net 62, and sat in the clubhouse on a two day with a score of six under par. He had his long time friend and fellow member Steve Atkinson, who had failed to qualify, as his caddy for the two days, and combined they made a formidable team.Shaun posted his excellent score early on day two and he had an anxious wait to see if he had been successful. His wait was worthwhile as one by one the players who had returned a better first day score fell by the wayside.

In the end Shaun won by three shots and therefore claimed his second major club title. His win followed his recent win on the club`s Past Captains trip which was only a few weeks ago.

In second place was first day leader Dave Hunt with a total score of 137 and in third place was Steve Smith.