Disappointment for Open hopefuls

Golfers on the 18th green at Clitheroe in Regional Open qualfying
Golfers on the 18th green at Clitheroe in Regional Open qualfying

There was disappointment for the local competitors in the Open Golf Regional Qualifier held at Clitheroe Golf Club on Monday, all of whom failed to qualify for the next stage.

On a sparkling summer day the course was looking at its best and conditions were ideal as the 102 hopefuls set off in pursuit of Open glory, but the Ribble Valley course proved a tough challenge to many of the entrants with a third of the field returning scores of 80 and above.

Of the 10 qualifiers only four managed to break par and the eventual cut-off came at the one-over-par 72 mark with four players involved in a play-off for the one remaining qualifying spot.

Leading the field with a 3-under-par 68 was South African amateur Nicolaas Arnoldi.

Of the local players, County champion Mark Young of Longridge and Clitheroe just missed out with a 73 and Daniel Nutter was two shots further away. Joey Lamb of Wilpshire carded a 73 but is only reserve number 49 for the Final Qualifier with little realistic prospect of a call-up.

Lauraine Wall and Masham’s Alison Sayer won tClitheroe’s Ladies’ Invitation with an impressive 43 points.

Tracey Bentley and Alex Georgia Forrest had to settle for second place after cards.

Jeanette Dowdy came from Stonyhurst Park to partner Valerie Fairless and their 41 points put them in third.

Keith Pedder and Ken Mantle as they both cruised in below their handicaps in the Seniors Stableford.

Pedder took top spot with a one-point margin over Mantle and George Stoddart took third with 37 points.

John Hacking and Ron Mason pipped Gary Speak and Mike Tattersall for first prize in Saturday’s Four Ball Better Ball with 44 points.

Vince Killeen and Keith Ratcliffe were third with 42.

Ian Shaw played a stormer when Mytton Fold Golf Club held their Frank Hargreaves Memorial Trophy in glorious weather on Sunday.

His 41 points was the highest of the day, but his moment of success was somewhat outshone when Linda Clegg scored the lowest of the day when she holed out in one at the first!

Captain Peter Main came home second, just one shot behind the leader, and took the Seniors Trophy. Third was John Whittaker with 39 points on a card playoff.

Frank Hindle scored the only two of the day on his favoured ninth hole.

In the ladies’ section it was another win for Hazel Sellars. Her 39 points put her three points clear of Allison Nuttall , while Abbie Clegg finished third with 32 points.

The beautiful weather on Friday evening helped a full field enjoy the annual Sip it and Flip It - two simultaneous nine-hole competitions with a welcoming drink of wine on every tee.

Held to support Lady Captain Carole Maher’s charity ‘Heart of Gold’, the event contributed £450 to the overall fund.

Winners of the front-nine competition were Brenda and Dave Griffith, together with John and Julie Griffith with an astronomical number of points.

It was a case of Girl Power on the back nine when Joanne Allen, Hazel Sellars, Allison Nuttall and Gillian Pinder staggered home with the highest score.

It was Presidents Day at Whalley on Saturday, and Lady President Lorna Slinger put on a tremendous day.

There were plenty of prizes at stake with a full field of ladies, gentlemen and juniors.

Steve Showman, who has shown some steady form recently, came in with 21 points after nine holes, and came home with 20 points, winning by two clear shots with 41.

Best male score on the day was John Hyde with 39 points, best ladies’ score went to Roxana Clark with 38 points and the seniors’ prize went to Jeff Storey with 37.

Best front nine, was Roy Ellis who had a fantastic 24 points, best back nine was Maureen Byrom, nearest the line was Trevor Thornber, nearest the pin was Bob Devine, who finished it off with a two.