Midsummer madness at Mytton Fold Golf Club

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GOLFERS at Mytton Fold enjoyed some Midsummer Madness on Bank Holiday Monday.

vent organiser Gordon Lucas was inundated with entries for the tournament, played over his creatively-crafted ten holes with new tees, greens and winter greens all brought into play.

This challenging course, including blind holes over green keeper’s garages, tracks and trees brought out the best (and the worst) of golfers plucked too early from their beds.

Damp underfoot (and overhead), the event ended with an excellent hearty breakfast in the hotel where Ray Standring was declared the winner with a net score of 34.15. Just 0.55 behind came Steve Gordon, with Captain John Berry third a further 0.5 a shot in arrears.

In the Ladies’ competition, it was a win for captain Jean Havard with Jean Davies taking the runner-up slot.

The devious event organiser required that competitors nominated a joker hole where their gross score would be doubled. Poor Dave Bolton was scoring well, but the wheels came off his round when a troubled 10 became a disastrous 20!

On Saturday the club held its May Stableford competition. In seasonable weather a large field set about the course with a vengeance. When all the numbers were added up at the end of the day, it was club treasurer Frank Tunstall who profited most with 39 points.

Just one point behind came captain elect Gordon Lucas, closely followed by club president David Hargreaves, a further point in arrears and just beating Bob Devine on a card play-off.

Clitheroe Golf Club

If Clitheroe Golf Club’s Garry Moores and Brian Stokes had continued to score as they did with a two birdie and three par start they would have won the Seniors’ Open Fourball by the proverbial country mile.

However the adrenalin rush wore off and they finished with 43 points – just one point off the winning total by visitors G Smith and D Thornborrow. Moores and Stokes also missed out in a three card play-off for second and third place.

I. Rhodes and R. Duckworth took second and Clitheroe’s David Knowles and Norman Fielding were third.

Former Rovers defender Chris Sims and Alex Rigby claimed the fifth prize with 40 points and Denis Greenup and Dave Heesom had the best gross.

Four pairs finished with 40 points in the Mens’ Invitation Fourball and John Hacking with his guest Dave Thornton took first prize after cards from Alex Cave and J Mulligan.

Cave was impressive on the first nine but Mulligan pulled him through on the return.

Blackburn’s Andy Norman teamed up with Ian Murray in third place and Mark Ashworth with eight birdies on his card took fourth with playing partner A. Bailey. John Barber and R. Iveson filled the final spot with 39 points and Alex Taylor and M. Hartley had the best gross.

Ralph Postlethwaite’s birdie on the 18th sealed victory for him and partner Simon Raine in the weekend’s fourball with 43 points.

Julian Troup and Dave Thornhill had eight after three and took second place with 41 , a one point advantage over the fast finishing Tim Stanley and Steve Dean.

Nigel Fitton and Steve Credie won a card play-off with Jonathan Mitchell and David Heesom for fourth on 39.

The Second Midweek Medal was a triumph for Simon Swindells with a flawless 71-5-66 return. Daniel Turner also turned in an impressive score of 72-5-67 in second spot and old campaigner Don Partington showed he is still in touch when his nett 68 gave him third prize.

Gregg Peel won the No 4 Junior Spring Champion Round by a comfortable margin with a nett 66 from Will Kenyon in second.

Stonyhurst Park Golf Club

The lower handicap golfers have started to come into their own of late and showed it a the May Medal.

A welcome change from playing in driving wind and rain saw Adam Hayhurst, playing off 11, secure a deserving nett 67, -2. Second was Bob Driver with a nett -1 and 3rd was Steve Young playing off 6 with a 69.

On Friday Stonyhurst College hosted the annual Parents v Pupils and Teachers golf match at Stonyhurst Park Golf Club.

The parents, captained by Stonyhurst Park club captain Ray Robinson, won by three-and-a-half for only the second time in a long while.

The standard of golf from the pupils was as usual excellent. They come from many countries and backgrounds and the event is a favourite of the Great Academies weekend.

Whalley Golf Club

The Margaret Lightfoot Trophy Qualifying Round was won by Karen Thompson with 100 - 28 - 72. Second place went to Vivien Birtwell with the lowest gross (95-22-73) while third place was lady captain Anne Prior (98-25 -73).