Memorable performances at Clitheroe Golf Club

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THE hot spell taxed the patience of the less tolerant members of Clitheroe Golf Club last week, but there were many memorable performances.

Non more so than Granville Pilling who, partnering Denis Underwood in Saturday’s Fourball, found the hole with his nine iron tee shot on the fifth for his fourth hole in one.

The duo finished third with 41 points after losing out on cards to Pete Harrison and Tony Bridge for the runners-up prize.

Past captain Peter Clayton made a welcome return to the winner’s enclosure with a little help from Geoff Cartledge, who finished with five straight pars to take top spot with 42 points.

Regular prize winners, Denis Greenup and Dave Heesom were back on song. In the Seniors’ Open Fourball, they birdied the final three holes for a 41-point total, and only P. Lavin and A. Almond topped them with 42.

Visitors D. Jackson and M. Whittaker took third.

Dave Heesom started with a seven in the Midweek Medal but settled and his 73-4-69 was a winning total.

Mark Pickup’s nett 69 gave him second after cards.

Simon Swindells continues to plunder the prize list, and although Chris Smith came back in one under for the same nett 70, Swindells was third on countback.

Martin Cane’s 72 was the best gross.

Sunday’s Mens’ Invitation Fourball was well supported with 162 competitors in superb conditions. Andrew Walmsley invited A. Diamond off 16 and he was a gem of a partner as they took first with 42 points.

Tonsorial Artist Garry Moores again showed his mettle when he and guest Steve Done were on fire with 25 points after nine, but a nervous finish cost them top spot after cards.

Rob Turner and Mike Ward found a birdie on the 18th to elevate them into third place with 41 points.

Clitheroe Ladies’ Mail On Sunday Team are looking good in this year’s competition as they saw off Penwortham in round five. President Chris Stokes leads a strong team of Emma Clegg, Tracy Bentley, Michelle Fielding and Marilyn Fletcher with great support from Chris Baldwin.

Star turn Michelle Fielding found the support of her caddie father Norman invaluable as she finished second in the EWGA Singles Final at York.

Representing Clitheroe in a field of 120 ladies, Michelle had a five-under-par nett 68, so now goes to Worcestershire on Saturday, June 23rd for the National Final.

The Ladies’ Midweek Medal was a triumph for Elizabeth Birtwell with a one-shot margin over Lorraine Wall on 74. The effervescent Edith Child topped a trio for third place with the same return as Lynda Mercer and Pat Rees.

The Gilbert Benson Trophy went to Carole Brown but only after a nail-biting finish and card play-off with Jean Anne Speak both returning nett 68s.

Barbara Brown was just pipped for third place by Michelle Fielding after cards, both with nett 70s.

The fine spell brought out the juniors members and Spring Champion round four was head greenkeeper’s son Sam Geddes. An impressive nett 67 was just one shot too good for Hayden Moorcroft who took second ahead of Louis Barrett and Alister Holgate.

The fifth round saw Sophie Lamb take the spoils and reduce her handicap to 5 with an incredible nett 65.

George Young, Henry Bailey and Emily Howorth filled the minor places.

Alex Cave is putting in some quality time in with the younger juniors and the nine hole Comps are proving very popular.

Matthew Ruzomberka and Logan Johnson headed the first Prize List and Will Fildes with 28 points the second from Seb Cave.Will Lund won the prize for nearest the pin on the 5th.

On one of the hottest days of the year, 62 ladies of Clitheroe Golf Club played in the Gilbert Benson Trophy and Frances Smith Qualifier, a singles stroke play competition with full handicap allowance.

Overall winner was Carole Brown, whose handicap was reduced by three shots following her win.

Carole won with 94-26-68, from Jean Anne Speak (88-20-68), Michelle Fielding (86-16-70), Barbara Brown (101-31-70), Kathleen Bithell (99-27-72), Emma Clegg (75-02-73), Deborah Catlow (85-12-73), Gillian Eddlestone (101-28-73), Patricia Brennan (97-23-74), Kathleen Townley (89-15-74) and Edith Child (95-20-75).

There were four twos recorded: Hole 5 - Helen Maginn, hole 5 - Jean Anne Speak, hole 14 - Edith Child, hole 14 - Irene Hinks.

• IN almost tropical conditions, the ladies at Whalley Golf Club competed in the ELLGA Handicap Shield and Annie Chambers Trophy Qualifying Round.

The winner, after a card play-off, was Shirley Palich (90-18-72), ahead of Karen Thompson (94-22-72) and Marion Chambers (104-27-77).”

• DESPITE the sunshine and excellent course conditions at Stonyhurst Park, only one player beat par in the May monthly medal.

David Astin recorded an impressive 91-26-65 to win the Category 2 prize, with Richard Moody second on 91-21-72.

John Buxbaum took a nine at the 18th hole after thinning his approach shot into a greenside ditch, but still won the Category 1 prize with 85-15-70.

Men’s Captain Tony Lee came second with 86-15-71.

In the first nine-hole junior competition of the season, a strong entry was led by Toby Bolton with 52-18-34 and Matthew Driver came second on 58-22.5-35.5 after a card play-off with Joe Parry.

Similar nine-hole competitions are scheduled for the Stonyhurst Park Juniors starting at 9-30 a.m. on June 9th and 16th.

• AT Wilpshire Golf Club, last Tuesday the Fourball Betterball Stableford was won by J. Mowbray and S. Scott with 33 points after a card play-off from L. Hunter and B. Railton.

This Tuesday , the Handicap Cup was won by M. Holt with a 95-27-68, two shots clear of L. Hunter (89-19-70).

The Frances Smith Qualifier was won by D. Tattersall (101-30-71) from S. Scott (103-29-74).