Ribble Valley golf round-up

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JOHN Walmsley and Gillian Pinder led the field home when Mytton Fold Golf Club held their Lady Captain’s Day on Sunday.

Lady Captain Patricia Leyland led the field away on her day, and Bolton by Bowland’s Walmsley, playing off 19, who mastered the conditions and returned with an excellent 38 points. One point behind was the Barry Hargreaves, followed by Sam Cowan with 37 points.

Division One was scooped by Mark Slater, while Bob Devine took Division Two. There were two twos, with Ian Thomson birdying the 9th and Chris Chadwick waiting until the final hole before holing out in two. Ray Standring won nearest-the-pin at the first, but star of the day was Jim Tierney, whose exquisite use of the path on the 16th ensured that he won the longest drive!

In the ladies’ section it was a win for Gillian Pinder, whose excellent 35 points took the trophy, with Past Captain Jean Havard (34 points) and Judith Kay (33 points) taking the remaining podium positions.

Gillian rounded off her perfect day when she took the nearest-the-pin prize on the 18th, with Pauline White hitting the straightest drive on the 15th.

In the May Medal competition it was a win for Graham Slater, whose 92-22-70 was enough to see off Dave Jackson (91-20-71) and Mark Slater (89-13-76).

In the ladies’ May Medal, Judith Kay (104-27-77) did just enough on the back-nine to fend off Lady Captain Elect Doreen Hammond (107-30-77) on a card play-off. Pauline White (99-20-79) took third spot.

l WHALLEY Golf Club’s Mike Conroy was in outstanding form in the finals of The East Lancashire Golf Association Handicap Shield held at Burnley Golf Club last Saturday. In difficult,windy conditions, his score of 74-6=68 saw him take the top individual prize by two strokes. ( C.S.S. 73 )

The Whalley Golf Club four-man team of Mike Conroy, Miles Wade, Martin Crabtree and John Rostron finished in the top five from the 23 teams who entered thus securing their highest finishing place for a number of years. Conroy paid a glowing compliment to the condition of Burnley Golf Club on the day and to all the ELGA Committee who ran the event so smoothly.

ON Saturday, Stonyhurst Park Golf Club held its 11th Annual Corporate Charity Day. The event is organised by its members and averages over £6,000 per year which is distributed to three local charities, each of which receives sponsorship for three years. The current charities are Crossroads Care (Ribble Valley branch) who provide support for carers and the people they care for, Bowland and Pennine Mountain Rescue Team and Mawdesley Equine People’s Trust who provide experience for disadvantaged children from the Ribble Valley Area. The day consisted of a golf competition followed by an evening function and a presentation of prizes at the Shireburn Hotel.

A record 29 teams took part in the Four-ball competition, the majority sponsored by local businesses, Four from club members and two from Stonyhurst College. Once again Home Gas, the Blackburn-based company, excelled themselves, arranging 14 of their suppliers and associated companies to enter a team. Other businesses contributed by way of donations, auction prizes and tee sponsorships.

The golf started at 8 a.m. with the first team going out in blustery conditions. The golf competition went on until 6-30 p.m.

The golf was followed by dinner at the Shireburn which included heads and tails bingo, a raffle and an auction. Paul Durham from Bowland and Pennine Mountain Rescue Team gave a talk on his experiences and work of the team. The day was a great success and promises to be the most successful yet when the balance is finalised.

The generosity of local companies and competitors will again make a big difference to the quality of people’s lives. Auction prizes and raffle prizes were donated by R&A, Home Gas Supplies, Steve Taylor, Professional Longridge Golf Club, Mike Bradley, Byrnes Wines, Creation Hair Styling, Clitheroe, Booths of Clitheroe, and members of the club, to name a few.

The winning teams of the golf competition were, in first place Weltonhurst- P. Wearing, F. Galpin, A. Fish and P. Thompson. Second were City Plumbing – M. Rimmer, J. Hampton, J. Sumner, R. Preston.

Third place went to SPGC Club Team – T. Lee (Club Men’s Captain), J. Hodkinson, K. Wiggins, N. Smith, and fourth were Fairways to Heaven – B. Knight, J. Heap, P. Fletcher and C. Hughes..

A further presentation will take place later this month when the cheques will be presented to the three charities.

Stonyhurst Park Golf Club was in great condition for the event thanks to the ground staff. It regards itself as the jewel in the crown in the Ribble Valley boasting a beautiful course with great views and one of the best value membership around. If you are interested in becoming a member visit the website www.stonyhurstpark.co.uk

Local nine-hole clubs were well represented at the Open Three-Man Team event at Stonyhurst Park Golf Club on Sunday, and a Rishton team were successful in winning the competition.

A strong north westerly wind affected the scoring and 69 points by Brendan Magee, Paul Bromiley and Lee Turner was the best of the day. In second place on 68 points was the eclectic team of Ross Hibbert from Stonyhurst Park, Paul Thomasson from Nelson and Carl Drinkwater from Whalley. They beat Andy Townsend, Phil Crooks and Steven Reid who also scored 68 points, on a card play-off.