Golfers follow suit as Burnley turn the tables

Simon Raine (right) receives the McIlroy/Douglas Trophy from Bryan Douglas
Simon Raine (right) receives the McIlroy/Douglas Trophy from Bryan Douglas

Saturday’s James Braid Open at Clitheroe Golf Club attracted the usual large field with 137 competitors as home member David Holmes returned the best net score of 82-15- 67 to win the Holgate Trophy.

Four players tied on net 71 with Andrew Bradford getting the verdict over Norman Fielding, Chris Eddlestone and Robert Driver.

The Southworth Trophy for the best gross score was won with a level par round of 71 by plus one handicapper Ian Crowther from Royal Lytham Golf Club after a card play-off with fellow plus one golfer Chris Nuttall from Accrington. Clitheroe’s Gary Byrne had the next best gross on 73.

Sunday saw Luke Green notch up his second win in consecutive weekends, taking the Stableford competition with 40 points.

Kevin Roberson was the runner-up on 39 points after a card play-off with Doug Wheatley.

Phil Walmsley won the Seniors’ Stableford played on Tuesday with 37 points, one better than the runner-up Jeff Crowther.

After three consecutive defeats since the competition was inaugurated, the team representing Burnley FC finally beat their Blackburn Rovers rivals in the annual McIlroy/Douglas competition at Clitheroe Golf Club last week.

Guest of honour was Bryan Douglas, the former Blackburn and England international footballer, who presented the trophy to Simon Raine, captain of the Burnley team.

The ladies were in action on Thursday competing for the Christine Stokes Pendant. The overall best net score was returned by Carolyn Blockeel with 87-18- 69 with Val Fairless next on 88-15- 73. Kim Andrew had the best gross score of 72.

A nine hole Stableford was won by Donna Holmes-Cooper with 16 points.