Clitheroe Golf Club member celebrates call-up

Champion of the Lancashire County Veterans Ladies’ Golf Association Chris Stokes - a member of Clitheroe Golf Club - has been selected to play in the Northern Senior Ladies’ Jamboree at Wellingborough Golf Club in Northamptonshire next week.

Between August 10th and 12th, the North will be playing against Scotland, Midlands, and the South, and the call up is a fantastic achievement for Chris, the president at Clitheroe - the first time a lady has held the position for years.

Meanwhile, 74 competitors entered Clitheroe’s Midweek Medal, and 14 were equal to Standard Scratch or better.

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Mark Jones’ three birdie start helped him return a remarkable 68-6-62 to win.

Giles Shaw’s nett 67 gave him a three shot margin over third placed Ian Murray.

Steve Dean took Division One in Saturday’s Medal with a nett 67, and Matthew Nettleton hung on for a nett 70.

Ian Battersby won Division Two with a nett 66, a five-shot margin over Denis Underwood, who was second ahead of James Tootle with the same score.

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Alan Gillespie won the Seniors Championship F.H.Long Trophy on Saturday with a gross 72. Denis Greenup was second.

Roger Cowey won the Seniors Rosebowl after a card play-off with Wayne Townley, both returning nett 70s and Chris Vines (71) was third.

The Age Category prizes in ascending order went to Derek Marsh, Andrew Walmsley, Dave Brennan and Jack Simmons.

Oliver Smith won the Junior Summer Champion Round Three with a 84-19-65 and he also recorded the only two. Bradley Boddie and Charles Knott took second and third.

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Round Four saw Bradley Hamer take the honours, his nett 66 one better than George Young, and Jack Mercer and Tom Forrest both returned nett 70s for the minor places.

The Mixed Invitation Fourball was won by Carolyn Cort and partner P. Walmsley, who only dropped three shots on the back nine to score 41 points for a four-shot margin over Vice Captain Chris Eddleston, with L.Townson. Mike Ranson and S. Newton were third.

There were two’s for Janette Ranson, Cathy Podevyn, Chris Baldwin and the Lady Captain.

Barbara Brown was third in the Christine Stokes Pendant and E.W.G.A. Medal with a super nett 73.

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Michelle Fielding’s nett 70 took top spot ahead of Jane Hoyle in second.

The Ladies’ Midweek Medal produced a sparkling 73-2-71 from Emma Clegg for first place in Division One. Sheila Cornwell and Comps Secretary Kath Townley finished second and third.

Janet Bailey’s nett 72 gave her the Division Two Prize and Jane Hoyle got the better of Carole Brown after a countback, for second place, both returning 74s.

Jessie Telfer was runner-up behind Jan Walsh in the nine hole Stableford Competition. Elizabeth Barnes was third after cards.

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l AT Stonyhurst Park, the men played out the Paul McEvoy 4-man team Stableford competition. The winners with 93 points were John Simpson, Steve Clash, Simon Tipton and Adam Lakeland. In second place, one point behind, were Captain Ray Robinson, Miles Slinger, John Buxbaum and Chris Thomas.

The Ladies’ Handicap Team beat Burnley 6-1 to win their group. They will now play other group winners in their division as they look to repeat their success of 2009 where they reached the finals.

l AT Whalley, the Qualifying Round of the EWGA Medal and Lady Captain’s Trophy took place last Thursday. Joyce Andrew took the win and lowest gross with 92-18-74. After a card play-off, Margaret Calvert (109-33-76) was second ahead of Wendy Green (102-26-76).

l CLITHEROE Rotary Club teamed up with Mytton Fold Captain, John Berry, to support Crossroad Carers and North West Air Ambulance. With the theme of ‘a taste of Lancashire’, players were treated to Lancashire delicacies on the tees from the Real Lancashire Black Pudding Co. and Porters Butchers, washed down with Bowland beer. Other welcome offerings included Heritage Preserves, Bowland milk, Lancashire tea, Leagrams’ cheese, Farm House biscuits, Dove Syke cider and Bashall Barn ice cream.

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Rotarian Howard Blackburn, a trustee for Crossroads, was the captain of the winning team, the runners up being Captain John Berry’s team.

The event, supported by Barclays, closed with an auction and a raffle, and it is hoped almost £5,000 will have been raised for the two charities.

The ladies held a ‘Pink Day’ to help raise awareness for Lady Captain Jean Havard’s charity, Breakthrough Breast Cancer. Fancy dress golf was the order of the day, and inners of the texas scramble were Sue Hughes, Linda Clegg and Hazel Sellars. Saturday’s Air Ambulance Charity competition was won by Glynn Watson with 37 points, with Matt Day second following cards. A countback also decided third spot. Keith Gill (35 points) pipped Division One winner, Luke Chadwick. Patrick Ashworth (34) took Division Two.

The following day the club held their ELGA qualifier, with three mixed pairings going forward to the finals at Burnley GC in September. Top team were Lady Captain Jean Havard and Frank Hindle with a 73. Captain John Berry and Allison Nuttall were second (76), with Garry and Jean Davies third (77).

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