Simon comes out top at Whalley Golf Club

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THIS week saw members at Whalley Golf Club compete in Presidents Day.

The current president, Nick Williamson laid on a superb selection of prizes for the full field to contend for.

The competition was played in dry weather, with only the final groups feeling a drop or two.

Simon Lightbown got his name etched onto the President’s Prize with a fantastic 38 points, while second place was taken by Bridget Rees with 37 points.

Third went to George Blenkinship with 36 points and Steve Johnson was fourth with 36 points via a card play-off.

Sally Blenkinship won the Best Lady Prize, Danny Liles won the Best Gross Prize, the Best Senior Prize went to Steve Green and the Best Back Nine Prize went to Stuart Andrews.

Nearest the pin in two on 17 was Malcolm Salmon, and nearest the pin on the 9th was Chris Blackadder.

Meanwhile, the lady captain of Whalley Golf Club, Ann Pollard held her Charity Match last Thursday in aid of Pendleside Hospice.

The winner of the competition with a score of 41 points was Margaret Calvert.

Helen Hamer took second place with 34 points and Sally Blenkinship came in third with 31 points.

• THE James Braid Open Championship at Clitheroe Golf Club had 180 entries from members and visitors in equal numbers, but local knowledge ensured that the majority of the spoils stayed in house.

Its all about birdies for the big boys and Andrew Heesom took the Southworth Scratch Trophy with seven in his flawless round of 69.

Out in 33 and back in 36, Heesom left quality golfers, Mark Ashworth, Alan Gillespie and Craig Allison in his wake.

Plus 2 Ashworth finished just one over in second place ahead of Gillespie after countback with 72s, and Allison with an outstanding back nine took fourth place with his 73.

Penriths’ D.Whitfield was suitably rewarded for his 74 in fifth.

Jonathan Dugdale claimed the Holgate Nett Trophy with four birdies in his round of 71-4-67, and Kieron Hunt matched his total but had to settle for second place after cards.

David Parkinson had a birdie two on the tricky 17th to elevate him from a lucrative third prize, and visitors Chris Whittingham (Penwortham) and M.Eddleston (Accrington) took home the remaining prizes with their nett 69s.

Garry Byrne could be excused for thinking Sunday’s Stableford was not going his way when he failed to score on the par five first but he settled nicely, and a birdie three on the long 12th hole for four points set him up to take the Division One Prize with 36 points.

Harry Ingram made no mistakes until the 15th hole but held on to finish with the same 36 points for second place after a card play-off.

A solid round from Paul Nightingale gave him third after cards with a number of other competitors.

In Division Two, John Gibson and Ron Higson produced the best returns of the day with 38 points.

Gibson got off to a good start and scored nicely on every hole to get the nod over Higson after countback, and Simon Cherry brought colour to the Podium in third spot with 37 points.

Michael Cavannagh’s was the hard luck story of the day after scoring 23 points after nine, he faded on the run in to finish one off the prize list.

The Exchange Day with Kirby Lonsdale GC was a triumph for Pete Harrison and Tim Stanley, who had the luxury of a blob on the 18th having already accrued a winning 41 point total.

Paul McGuire and Roger Cowey warmed up after a mediocre start to score 39 points and a one-shot margin over Dean Braithwaite and Geoff Sutcliffe for second place.

The good guys Dave Hillary and John Peel held their nerve after a blob on the penultimate hole to win a multi card play-off for fourth prize.

Clitheroe Ladies’ Mail On Sunday team of Chris Stokes, Tracey Bentley, Michelle Fielding, Barbara Thornton and Emma Clegg are now in the last 16 of this prestigious event after a 3-2 victory over Tytherington Golf Club in round seven and eagerly await next Monday’s draw.

President Chris Stokes was blessed with a rare day of good weather for her Prize Competition on Thursday and Gail Ainsworth found conditions to her liking as she sailed into the winner’s enclosure with a remarkable nett 68.

No other lady came near but Tracey Bentley and Emma Clegg had a head to head for second place with 75s.

Bentley had the edge after cards and likewise, Gillian Eddleston got the better of Carolyn Cort for fourth, both recording nett 76s.

Marilyn Fletcher was the worthy winner of the Past Captain’s Salver last week.

Sue Gibson won the 9-hole Stableford from Barbara Crowther and Mary Thompson.

Kath Townley took the weekends EWGA Medal, with Kath Bithell in second place.

The Ladies’ Stableford qualifying 9-hole competition last Thursday was woin by Susan Gibson with 14 points from Barbara Crowther (13 points) and Mary Thompson (10 points).

• AT Wilpshire Golf Club, the Captain’s Prize for Ladies played on Saturday was won by Glenda Astley (107-35-72).

Second was Emy Aceret-Burgess (98-25-73), with Jane Smith (80-5-75) third.

Nearest the line on the 10th was Trish Gallagher.

Nearest the pin on 13th in two was Judith Dawson.