Hammond’s sums add up at Mytton!

There was some tremendous Golf played in Clitheroe Golf Club's Saturday Medal
There was some tremendous Golf played in Clitheroe Golf Club's Saturday Medal

Even maths teacher Phil Hammond needed a calculator when he came to add up his score after Mytton Fold Golf Club’s August Stableford on Saturday.

Playing off 8, his nett 74 was outstanding and his 42 points left him top of the class.

Leader in the clubhouse had been Gordon Lucas with 40 points, but his bubble was quickly burst as Phil was in the following group on the course.

Phil Clegg, with 39 points just pipped Gary Ashton for third spot on a card play-off.

Captain Peter Main scored a two at the first and winner Phil Hammond joined regular twos specialist Frank Hindle with a birdie at the ninth.

Handicap and Competitions Chairman John Berry birdied the final hole.

Phil’s win takes him to the top of the Order of Merit with 49 points, three ahead of Keith Fitzhenry and Wayne Ivinson, and four ahead of Mick Kelbie.

There was some tremendous Golf played in Clitheroe Golf Club’s Saturday Medal - none better than from 10-handicap Dean Braithwaite who dropped only one shot on the back nine for a winning nett 64 total.

Philip Walmsley had to settle for second prize after countback with his 64.

Andrew Wright’s nett 67 put him in third after cards with Vince Killeen.

Gary Speak with four birdies topped Division One (74-5-69) and Mike Fearnhead’s cracking finish gave him the edge over Miles Corish with the same nett 70 for second.

Plus 3 man Mark Young had six birdies in his 67 for the Lowest Gross.

Wayne Townley’s 69 gave him the Division Two Prize after cards with James Kenyon.

Trevor Jones slipped into third with his 71.

Neil Cronin finished like an express train to take Division Three and Dave Woodworth’s nett 71 gave him second place, two shots ahead of David Fearnley-Brown.

Conor McLaughlin won Sunday’s Stableford with 40 points and Ron Mason got the nod over Mike Gibson after cards for runners-up spot with 38.

Edith Child set the pace with a birdie 2 on the 5th in the Ladies’ Professional’s Prize Four ball better ball and Kath Bithell rounded off their day with two pars for 43 points.

However Caroline Cherry and Catherine Podevyn were sitting pretty in the Clubhouse with a winning 44 points.

The only other birdie 2 on the day was Mary Thompsons as she and Val Fairless teamed up to claim third place with 42 points and a one point margin over the chasing Jane Hoyle and Pat Rees.

Chris Stokes with 2s on the 8th and 17th was the comfortable winner of Sunday’s Medal, and Carole Brown followed her into the winners enclosure just four shots behind.