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SOME 176 competitors from across the region battled against the elements at Clitheroe Golf Club for the James Braid Open Singles Championship.

Nelson Golf Club’s Shaun Field won the Southworth Scratch Trophy with a -3 standard scratch 70 which included four birdies.

Home club members Mark Ashworth and Andrew Heesom took second and third prizes with Ashworth’s 71 just one shot better than scratch man Heesom.

Accrington’s Ian Hardman got the better of a card play-off with Adam Smith from the same club for fourth place, both recording 75s

The Holgate Nett Trophy went to Chorley Golf club member John Cartledge.

Sunday’s Single Stableford resulted in a box full of soggy cards but the man in form Ralph Postlethwaite found four birdies and 38 points to win Division One. Daniel Preedy kept his head above water to take the runners up spot with 36.

Swarmy Narayama birdied the par five first then battled on to take Division Two with 33 points, a two-shot margin over second placed Peter Boddie.

The ELGA Mixed Foursomes qualifier saw Mr and Mrs Jeff and Barbara Crowther lead the way with an impressive nett 69 in appalling conditions.

Captain elect John Whowell and lady captain elect Jilly Farthing teamed up to post a nett 70 for second place and Carole Brown steered Tony McGibbon into third.

The three pairs are to represent Clitheroe in the Finals Day at Burnley Golf Club on September 11th.

Home based golfers Richard Walsham and Dave Makenzie were well rewarded for second place in last week’s Seniors Open Fourball and Chris Vines partnered Jeff Crowther to take fourth prize with 42 points. Dave Heesom and Denis Greenup produced the best gross.

Clitheroe ladies captain elect Jill Farthing is certainly making a good impression in her build up to next year as she continues to score well on the course.

A score of (93-24-69) gave Farthing top spot and a four-shot cushion over Elizabeth Narayana to win the major prize on President’s Day for Ladies and EWGA Medal.

Emma Clegg got the better of Lynda Mercer after cards for third, both returning nett 74s.

Club president Chris Stokes nine-hole Stableford was a triumph for Anne Panter with 17 points and Margaret Haydock and Jessie Telfer took the minor prizes.

Lynda Mercer, Jan Revis, Barbara Thornton and L.C. Burrows shared the Two’s Pot.

• The weather took its toll on the men’s fixtures at Stonyhurst Park Golf Club this week, however in the Bench Match, S.P.G.C . beat Burnley Golf Club by winning all four doubles matches.

The Ladies Medal was won by Carolyn Blockeel with a net 70, second was Margaret Carrington with net 72 and in third place with 73 was lady captain Janette Dowdy.

• The Three Team Open at Ghyll Golf Club was won by Tony Turner from Ghyll, playing with John Thornton and Jason Waddington, from Skipton.

Their score of 74 points was a credit to overcoming the very wet and windy conditions.

They beat the trio from Ghyll, of Andrew Harling, Ivan Shackleton and David Walling by just one point. In third place, from Ghyll, with 69 points was Sian Grace, Pat Conboy and Tony Hartley.

The ladies section enjoyed champagne, provided by lady president Dorothy Tattersall, and strawberries last Tuesday, after their annual Champagne and Strawberry Shoot.

The competition was closely fought with Hilary Hardaker winning with 35 points. Second was Anne Maud with 34 points and third was Anne Preston also with 34 points.

• At Whalley, lady captain held her Charity Match last Thursday in aid of Rainbows Therapy Unit, Barrowford.

Julie Stephenson took the win with 35 stableford points ahead of joint runners-up Jean Dearden and lady captain elect, Ann Pollard with 34 points each.