Charity to the fore at Stonyhurst Park

Pictured, from left, RGAC vice chairman Mike Kemplay with Dan Hill and John Austin at Stonyhurst Park
Pictured, from left, RGAC vice chairman Mike Kemplay with Dan Hill and John Austin at Stonyhurst Park

Charity was to the fore as Rosemere Golfers Against Cancer launched their annual programme of golf days at the picturesque Stonyhurst Park course.

Now a much-anticipated annual fixture, the sixth Stonyhurst Rosemere Day was declared a great success, with over £720 raised for the cancer charity.

Organiser and vice-chairman of RGAC, Mike Kemplay said: “Traditionally Stonyhurst is the first of our series of golf days. It’s on a smaller scale than the others but it just gets better and better. We had ten teams and, for once, the weather behaved itself, which made for a superb day’s golfing. I think local knowledge helped the winners Team Stonyhurst ‘The Andy Cappers” who triumphed with 80 Stableford points.

“Everyone enjoyed themselves, it was a great day. The Bayley Arms at Hurst Green did us proud with the catering and reception once more and I’m very grateful to John Austin of Stonyhurst Park Golf Club for his organisation.”

Wayne Ivinson won Mytton Fold Golf Club’s weekend competition, the Pharman Cup, by returning scores of 75 and 71 over the two days.

Dave Bolton certainly gave him a run for his money by winning the first round on Saturday with a nett two-under-par 68 and then carding a 78 on Sunday to just miss out on a card play-off.

Just one shot behind over the two days came the ever-improving Matt Oakley having put together consistent scores of 73 and 74.

Again one shot in arrears was John Parkinson (73 + 75) to take the Division One prize whilst the irrepressible Jim Bridge took Division Two with a 76 and 73.

Saturday saw Dave Bolton take the win with John Welch just one behind with a nett 69 and John Berry, Brad Hodgeson and Gary Aldred all on 71. Sunday’s winner was Dickie Palmer with a nett 70, but having shot 84 the previous day he was out of overall honours. Wayne Ivinson came home second ahead of five players all on 73 and finishing in the order of Jean Van Boeckel, Sam Rayner (Division Two winner), Chris Chadwick (Division One winner), Captain Elect Nick Avino and Jim Bridge.

Saturday’s Twos Pot was untouched, ensuring that Sunday’s winners Dave Griffith (at the 1st), and Nick Avino and Chris Chadwick (both at the 9th) had a bumper payout.

Brenda Griffith won the ladies’ section in the Saturday competition.

The ladies had a trip to Rudding Park. Gillian Pinder was the Mytton Fold winner on the 6-hole Repton course, while, on the 18-hole Hawtree course, Brenda Griffiths won after a card play-off with Carole Maher.

The Texas Scramble was won by Doreen Hammond, Gillian Pinder and Allison Nuttall.

Last week, Matt Oakley was the master of Mytton Fold in the club’s Bogey competition, beating the course by six to earn a two-shot handicap reduction.

Mike Chatburn on one was Division Two winner, with Dave Griffith Division One winner after parring the course.

In the men’s Midweek Medal Chris Quinn took the win with a 92-19-73.

In the ladies’ Midweek Medal it was the battle of the twins, with Barbara Bryan just taking the win ahead of sister Carole Maher by two shots.

The seniors headed to Rudding Park Harrogate, and Keith Fitzhenry won the Spring Shield, Frank Hargreaves Memorial Trophy (Division One), and the Day Three competition (Division One).

Division Two winner of the Frank Hargreaves was Mick Mahon.

The second day saw the holding of the Andy Capp Handicap Trophy competition, won by Harold Foster.

It was the four ball trophy at Whalley on Saturday, and the Ellis and Kennerley team romped home with five points to spare.

R. Ellis and J. Kennerley knocked in three birdies, including a two on the 12th, to secure the doubles trophy.

Second place went to S. Green and G. Hill with 39 points and third place went to J. Yates and B. Dennis’ 38 points.

There were four two’s on the day going to R Ellis, T. Thornber, B. Dennis and J. Kearsley.