Clitheroe golf round-up

MARK Jones and Ian Battersby continued to make the headlines at Clitheroe Golf Club after their previous successes last week in the Tom Morris when they won their respective divisions in Saturday’s Single Stableford.

Jones got off to a poor start with only one point after two but showed his battling qualities with the only two of the day on the 14th and a winning total of 37 points.

Tim Clarke started with a birdie and finished with three pars to pip Chris Heesom for second place in Division One, both returning 35 points.

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Barry Thomas found a birdie on the 5th to set the pulses racing but no score on the 7th and 8th had a sobering effect before a back nine good enough to head a list of seven competitors on 34 points for 4th prize.

Scrutiny of the cards gave Simon Swindells the final prize ahead of the chasing pack.

Ian Battersby dropped two shots on the tricky par 3, 17th but a par on the final hole gave him victory in Division Two with 37 points.

Matthew Garner was slipping away out of contention until a birdie on the 18th elevated him into second place with 35 points, ahead of eight golfers on 34.

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Mike Powell, Clive Richards and Richard Baker won the argument after cards for the final three places.

The bragging rights in Sunday’s fourball were settled on the final two holes when Tim Clarke and Steve Ackers finished with two birdies for 42 points whilst Craig Allison and Carl Drinkwater with solid pars had to settle for the runners up spot with 41.

Andrew Heyes and Kieran Hunt were so near with 40 points in 3rd with the plucky Kenny Ward and George Stoddart a furthur point away in 4th

In the absense of the Dalglish Charity Golf Day, Captain John Whowell invited 25 teams to participate in the Caravanson Charity Event.

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There were no weak links in “The Steelmen” team, Paul and G. Nightingale, Mark Jones and David Parkinson who won top spot with 88 points. The Kenyon, Porter, Catlow, Murray team representing estate agents Mortimers took second with 81 and Captain Elects team of Wood, Swindells, Ackers and Stanley had 79 for third.

The Red Roses, Chris Sims, Jack Simmons and Alex Rigby brought in a ringer M. Green who scored on most holes including a 2 on the 17th but to no avail as they just missed out of the prizes. However Mr Green won the prize for nearest the hole with his tee shot on the 17th and the Roger Williams/J Dowdy duo took the prize for the straightest drive on the 6th.

Round 3 of the Juniors Spring Championship went to Oliver Smith with his nett 72. Louis Barrett took second and George Young was one furthur shot away with his 74 in third. Ethan Cambridge had the Best Gross.

Five handicapper Tom Forrest, from Clitheroe, won the nett prize in the Lancashire Boys’ Championship for the Harold Ryden Challenge Trophy at Fishwick Hall thanks to a fine closing 69 to add to his first round 76, prevailing on countback from Lancaster’s Toby Roberts and Skipton’s Robert Nesbitt.

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Wilpshire’s James Holt, who tagged a 77 to his earlier 73, was third in the overall event.

Garry Keogh was the toast of the Clubhouse when Mytton Fold Golf Club held their Founder Captain’s Day on Saturday. Despite strong winds and the course being very damp underfoot in places, Garry took the course apart to end up five shots under nett par with his 88-21-67, some three shots clear of the following group.

Barry Hargreaves, with his 90-20-70, showed his mettle to the handicappers once again with a second runner-up position in consecutive weeks. This time it took a card playoff for Barry to fend off the competition in the form of Dave Halsall (86-16-70).

Fourth, and taking the Division One prize, was John Parkinson (85-12-73), beating Division Two prize winner John Farnsworth (94-21-73) on a card playoff.

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The Twos prize fund was split just three ways, with Micky Walsh and Phil Clegg birdying the first, while Wayne Ivinson waited until the ninth before taking his.

Tarja Wilson (117-36-81) headed the ladies home, with Lady Captain Elect Doreen Hammond 116-30-86) runner up.

In the men’s Order of Merit, Luke Chadwick still leads the way with 29 points, four ahead of Martin Holden and the in-form Barry Hargreaves.

• The ladies at Whalley Golf Club held their May Open Team Event on a sunny but very cold and blustery day.

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Almost 80 ladies took part, many from local golf clubs and the event proved to be a great success. The winners with a score of 86 were Jennifer Eastwood, Agnes Seery (Whalley G.C.), Elaine Grinrod (Clitheroe) and Pat Schofield (Wilpshire).

In close second place with a score of 85 were Agnes Flanagan (Whalley), Dot Scholes, Rachel Scholes and Rita Towler (Great Harwood). Finally, in third place were Carol Ashley, Kath James (Whalley), Sue Cartledge and Maureen Micklewright (Clitheroe) with 81.

The following day the ladies played in the LLCGA Scott Leggatt Foursomes Qualifier. The winners, with 34, were Sally Blenkinship and Sarah Clemson, followed by Margaret Calvert and Karen Thompson with 31. and Anne Prior and Viv Birtwell with 30.

At Wilpshire GC, the winner of the EWGA Medal winner Trish Gallagher with 111-35-76. Runner-up was Sylvia Meadows 95-18-77. The Golf Foundation Brooch winner was Trish Gallagher 111-35-77.