Chris wins second championship

Competitors at the Company Golf Day at Clitheroe Golf Club on Friday
Competitors at the Company Golf Day at Clitheroe Golf Club on Friday

Chris Stokes of Clitheroe won her second Lancashire Veterans Ladies’ Championship when she beat Penny Thomson of West Lancashire in the final at Pleasington Golf Club in wet and very windy conditions.

Chris, champion in 2011, had to go to the 23rd hole in the semi-final before she defeated Jeanette Williams from the home club. Thomson won a close match with Maggie Ayres (Ashton and Lea).

Lancashire’s Junior Champion Sophie Lamb of Clitheroe came from fourth place after the third round to win the Fairhaven Trophy (Girls).

Five birdies in the last nine holes gave her a one-shot win from Scotland’s Lauren Whyte.

It was a case of “tear out the front page” when two competitors in Clitheroe Golf Club’s Tom Morris 36-hole Competition posted prize winning scores long after the Comps Committee had closed the list, assuming all cards were in.

Trevor Hatch was sitting pretty in the Clubhouse with his aggregate 152 for the Division Two prize when Steve Credie and playing partner Nigel Fitton returned.

Credie took first with his 150 total and Fitton slotted into third behind Hatch and ahead of Andrew Heyes after count-back on 152.

Alan Houghton was in prime position after day one with his best of the day 67, but Sunday was another day and he finished fifth in Division Two.

Ian Battersby who was the only member to complete two rounds in Division Three so he took the prize with 151.

Simon Swindells won the Tom Morris Trophy and Division One Prize with flawless rounds of 71 and 72 but only after a play-off with teenager George Young who returned 69 and 74.

Jeff Crowther posted a solid 74 on day one and then produced a second round 68 in spite of a triple bogey on the 18th to take third place.

Ian Murray won the Midweek Medal and Tradesman’s Trophy Qualifier with a 81-10-71 return, and Crowther was one shot back in second.

Garry Moores popped a birdie on the tricky 17th to put him on the prize list with a nett 73 after cards with Nigel Clowes on the same score.

Catherine Podevyn finished with a late burst in the Ladies’ 18-hole Medal and Frances Smith Qualifier for a two under S/S 73, but Jane Hoyle won by one shot.

Pat Rees battled on bravely after problems on the 11th with a par on the long 12th and a spirited finish for her nett 75 and third place.

Susan Healey won a head to head play-off with Jean Cole and Rosemary Sims for second place in the Ladies’ nine-hole Stableford.

But Jean Brennan sailed into first place with a comfortable two-point margin.