Clitheroe golf round-up

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ALICE in Wonderland came to Mytton Fold Golf Club when Captain Gordon Lucas unveiled his annual weird and wonderful Midsummer Madness.

Played over a modified nine-hole course at 6-30 a.m., the entrants were required to play with only four clubs, including a wood and a putter. A further manic twist was that putters had to be used off the tees, and that woods were to be used on the greens.

Despite these Carroll-esque twists, Sam Cowan defied both logic and reason to score an impressive 23 points and take the win.

Lady Captain Elect Doreen Hammond took the Ladies’ prize with 14 points and Jean Davies took best Joker prize which doubled her hole score on her nominated hole.

Some were less fortunate. The booby prize was a shared affair when both Ray Standring and Chris Hughes both amassed 6 points and it was felt too cruel to carry out a card playoff. Frank Hindle went one better when he helped himself to another player’s 7-iron, thereby forcing his disqualification.

The previous day had seen the club’s May Monthly Stableford, where Wayne Ivinson was the class of the field. His gross 73 earned him 40 points, just one ahead of Mick Walsh and three clear of David Brown. David’s back-9 score was just enough to beat both John Welch and John Parkinson on a card playoff.

Tarja Wilson headed the ladies’ section beating Lady Captain Elect Doreen Hammond on a card playoff.

There was a four-way split of the twos fund, with Steve Brooks, Chris Chadwick and Mike Chatburn all birdying the first, while Keith Gill waited until the ninth before dipping into the pot.

In the mid-week nine-hole May Stableford it was a win, and a handicap reduction, for Hazel Sellars with a 20 point score. Second was Joanne Allen with Past Lady Captain Jean Havard third.

The club has been catching up on a number of Stableford competitions over the last few days. The Ladies’ section completed their May Stableford when Lady Captain Patricia Leyland led the field home with 36 points, some four points ahead of Linda Clegg and five ahead of Pauline White.

With inclement weather putting a damper on the Jubilee Trophy and barbeque, the Club decided to put that event on ice and instead substituted a June Stableford. With a very damp course proving a real challenge the format produced a tie which needed a card playoff to produce a winner.

Having both scored 34 points, it was Ray Standring’s back nine proved to be just better than Steve Worrell’s, thereby giving him the win. Two points behind were John Welch and leading lady Allison Nuttall.

Abbie Clegg (24 points) was runner-up in the ladies’ section with Linda Clegg just one point behind her daughter.

The Twos’ Pot was split between John Kwasniewski and Frank Hindle who both birdied the first hole.

• THE Eagles were flying at Clitheroe Golf Club in Saturday’s Saab Trophy Fourball when ideal playing conditions produced a spate of good scores.

Talk of the Town were Father and Son, David and Chris Heesom.David holed out with his second shot on the long, tricky par four 3rd and Chris eagled the 16th towards what could have been a winning total of 45 points.

However Steve Ackers and Clive Wood had other ideas. Just off the pace,Ackers produced an Eagle 3 on the 18th to put the duo on the same 45 points and ahead after cards.

There was more drama to come when Keith Allen and Miles Corish also finished with 45 points and they took the Trophy after countback leaving Ackers and Wood in second and the Heesoms in 3rd.

In the Seniors Single Stableford Alex Rigby with three birdies on the return leg was in the unsaddling enclosure whilst the rest of the field were still rounding Tattenham Corner. Some 43 points meant that he cantered in with a massive seven point margin.

Jeff Crowther was the most likely challenger until a blob on the 17th cost him second place behind Peter Clayton with the same 36 point total. Peter Pedder and Chris Vines also returned with 36 points in 4th and 5th.

Chris Vines was again prominent in the Midweek Medal but dropped shots on the last two holes left him just one off the top.

Granville Pilling continued his recent run of good form as he had a head to head with Phil Leaver, both carding 67s but Leaver finished like a Greyhound to win after cards. Peter Harrison headed a trio of competitorrs on Nett 69s ahead of Ian Murray and Jeff Crowther.

The ladies celebrated the Jubilee in style and Barbara Blueyes looked like wearing the Crown with a sparkling 4 under s/s nett 70 in the Midweek Medal but Tracey Blanc had other ideas as she returned a handicap lowering nett 67 to win the Competition.

New name on the leaderboard, Judith Woolley returned a creditable 75 which gave her a one shot advantage over the experienced Jean Anne Speak and Edith Child headed three Ladies on 77 ahead of Gail Ainsworth and Trudy Walne.

The ladies of Clitheroe Golf Club were not deterred either on Thursday when rain drenched them during the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebration game. The shotgun start team of four competition had to be reduced to nine hole due to the weather and eventual winners was the team of Michelle Fielding, Tracey Blanc, Jan Walsh and Dawn Mills with 45 points. 2nd Maureen Cox, Lauraine Wall and Maureen Michlewright (44), 3rd, Pam Lavery, Catherine Podevyn, Jane Hoyle and Gwen Maudsley (43), 4th, Susan Cartledge, Kathleen Lobell, Gail Ainsworth and Janet Burrows (42).

• NO club could have celebrated the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee as respectfully and enjoyably as Stonyhurst Park.

After the men’s President’s Day competition had to be abandoned on Sunday when several greens became waterlogged, warm sunshine and a well-prepared course welcomed the Jubilee golfers on the Monday morning.

Celebration day cakes, prepared by the ladies, were served to rousing traditional music, before a 9 hole mixed stableford competition.

This was won by Joyce Kenyon, Malcom Kenyon, Jo Berry and Keith Hughes with 43 points, who narrowly beat John Austin, Betty Austin, John Kirk and Sue Kirk on 41 points. After a picnic lunch and magnificent solo singing performances by Keith Hughes and Jean Coward, putting and chipping competitions were won by juniors George Young and Thomas Hibbert respectively.

Ray Ormerod, Rita Joyce and Thomas Hibbert won the prizes for the most patriotic man, lady and junior and Ray concluded the celebrations with a story about his many battles under the Union Jack flag.