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WILPSHIRE Golf Club is celebrating after securing a share of the Turkish delight on offer at the Lombard Challenge, a PGA Pro-Captain Tournament.

PGA pro Simon Townend and club captain John Campbell finished 10th in the 10-team event at Antalya Golf Club, Turkey which carried a £25,000 prize fund.

The Lancashire-based duo carded rounds of 76 and 75 over the par 71 PGA Sultan Course for a nine-over-par 151 total.

It earned Townend prize money of £1,300. The tournament was won by Shirland Golf Club from Derbyshire.

The Lombard Challenge, a PGA Pro-Captain Tournament, was launched in 1993, and features more than 500 clubs and golf facilities from across Great Britain and Ireland entering the tournament each year.

This was the second year that Lombard has sponsored the PGA Pro-Captain tournament. Managing director Andy Hart hailed the standard of play, the venue and the tournament.

“It’s been a fantastic event for us overall and the last couple of days have been brilliant,” he said.

“The quality of the play has been outstanding. The guys who won had nerves of steel coming in like they did.

“We’re indebted to the staff at the Sirene Hotel for their hospitality and to the golf staff at Antalya Golf Club for the condition and quality of the course.

“It’s been a good tournament all the way through from the first qualifier to the final with more than 500 competitors.

“We’re delighted to be part of the event and we’re looking forward to working with the PGA again soon.”

The winners returned rounds of 66 and 64 for a 12-under 130, with the local duo nine over after a 76 and a 75.

• MYTTON Fold Golf Club’s ladies who came to the fore in this weekend’s Winter Singles competition.

Judith Kay’s nett 46 gave her a clear four-shot win over last week’s Turkey Shoot winner, Richard Greaves.

Played over the shortened 16-hole winter course, the hard overnight frost ensured that it was a winter green course, and the big cups were inviting for some.

Eddie Scott came home third with an excellent nett 51 and beat off fourth placed captain-elect Peter Main on a card play-off.

Now that’s tough, seeing that it’s Peter, in his role as competitions and handicaps chairman, who sorts out the cards!

Just one shot behind Peter, another duelling duo of Dave Bolton and Dave Clegg also had to be split by a card play-off with Bolton squeezing through.

To add to the ladies’ impact upon this week’s results, Jean Havard was squeezed between Jim Bridge in ninth and Garry Davies in 11th, all three carding nett 54s.

Hazel Sellars also got into the mix with a two at the ninth, joining John Parkinson and Nigel Fairhurst who also birdied this hole.

Captain Phil Hammond and Chris Hughes also birdied the opening hole while this week it was Peter Main’s turn to get a ‘proper two’ at the long par-3 11th.

In the battle of the sexes within the Hammond clan, Lady Captain Doreen Hammond beat son, captain Phil Hammond, on a card play-off, with Hammond Senior (John) just one stroke behind.

In the Winter Pairs it was business as usual as Dave Halsall and Peter Main romped to 41 points on the rock-hard course.

Hot on their heels, however, came Nick Avino and Martin Holden (41 points) with Keith Fitzhenry and Barrie Walmsley a further two points in arrears.