Greenkeeper Chris wins annual event

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Clitheroe Golf Club greenkeeper Chris Gotts triumphed over a field of more than 60 entrants to clinch first place in the Rigby Taylor Golf Classic held at Kirkby Lonsdale Golf Club.

Chris has worked as a greenkeeper at Clitheroe for 13 years and although only an occasional golfer and a first-time entrant into the tournament, scored an impressive 44 Stableford points to claim the trophy in the annual competition for golf club greenkeepers.

Also performing well on the day was another member of the Clitheroe greenkeeping staff, Jonathan Moorcroft, who finished in fifth place.

• In Clitheroe Golf Club’s Stableford, Neil Winkley won the prestigeous Miners Lamp with an impressive 40 points.

Andrew Driver was one point away for the runners-up spot in Division Two.

David Proos’ blob on the penultimate hole saw him slip into third with the same 39.

In Division One and Gary Speak’s 39 points took the prize over Tim Stanley after countback.

Matthew Nettleton raced into third ahead of Granville Pilling on 37.

Andrew Spouse was the untouchable in the 9th Midweek Medal, his 74-11-63 puttingf him seven shots ahead of Mark Jones, who was second after cards with Graeme Edmondson.

Mark Ashworth’s 70 won the lowest gross.

The Lister Cup is a tough competition for the Ladies,against par,but Cath Podevyn finished two up to win the Trophy.

Kath Townley was the only other Lady to beat the course, just one up in second place.

Marilyn Fletcher had the only 2 on the day and although 3 down, was upbeat with third after cards with Debra Wood.

Michelle Fielding had the only 2 on the day in the Ladies’ Midweek Medal to post an impressive 84-9-75.

Chris Stokes dropped only two on the back nine to win Division One after countback with the same nett score.

Jilly Farthing took Division Two from Lauraine Wall, who was just one shot off the top.

A total of 34 teams from near and far took part in Sunday’s Open Team Event.

The winning team with 83 points were Maggie Ayers, Bet Burns,Chris Entwistle and Mary Nelson from Ashton and Lea and Penwortham.

Bentham Members Capstick/Crohill/Taylor and Wood were two shots away in second, with a team from Burnley, Blackburn and Great Harwood just one point behind in third.