Tense finish in Clitheroe medal

Denis Greenup claimed top spot
Denis Greenup claimed top spot
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Phil Leaver stepped on the gas with four birdies in an impressive 73-5-68 return in the Midweek Medal at Clitheroe Golf Club last week.

But Denis Greenup cruised past him on the run in to match his score and claim top spot after a card play-off.

Geoff Cole missed out on a 3 way play-off with a double bogey on the 18th but his nett 69 gave him a creditable third place.

Greenup was in the mix again in Saturday’s Invitation Stableford as he and his guest I. Deuchers finished with six other pairs on 41 points, but they had to settle for fourth.

Chris Hamer kept it in the family when he brought in brother Paul and they took first prize with 42 points.

Steve Credie and A Young were best of the 41 pointers with the narrowest of margins over Nigel Fitton and A Dodd, the afore mentioned Deuchers and the Scott Greaves/J Dobson duo.

Nigel Clowes and P Bedford took the Best Gross.

Mike Tattersall and Gary Speak produced a massive 46 points to win Sunday’s 4 Ball Better Ball.

Speak set the standard with a birdie on the first and an eagle 2 on the second, and Tattersall found three birdies on the back nine to give them a 3 point winning margin.

John Wetton finished birdie/par, but that blob on the 16th cost him and playing partner John Hacking second place after cards with the same 43 points as runners-up Geoff Sutcliffe and Dean Braithwaite.

Christine Stokes made a telling contribution to a winning total of 90 points in the Ladies’ Open Team Event with five birdies and six pars with friends from Skipton GC, Marie Burnham,Phillipa Goodfellow and Annette Moss.

Four ladies from Sandiway found the lush pastures of Clitheroe to their liking as they returned with 85 points for second prize after cards with the Stonyhurst Park quartet of Linda Ashworth,Margaret Carrington,Jean Gentry and Carol Gorton on the same mark.

Gail Ainsworth had something of a Springbok in her step as she won the Ladies’ Midweek Medal with a comfortable margin over the chasing pack.

Jan Walsh had the only 2 on the day and filled the runners-up spot ahead of Michelle Fielding in Division One.

Fielding showed her fighting qualities after a disappointing 9th hole to return a creditable back nine for third place.

Maureen Cox rode into first place in Division 2 but only just, as Barbara Crowther slipped into second place one shot behind.

Bernadette Howarth won a three way play-off with Dawn Mills and Debra Wood for third.

Clitheroe Seniors’ hopes of improving their title chances in the Ribble Valley Seniors Golf League suffered a slight setback when they lost their return match at Leyland Golf Club by 7 points to 5 on Monday.

Wins by Swami Narayana and Keith Pedder, and the pairing of Frank Potter and Roger Williams were the only successes for the visitors, and although Richard Crossley and Peter Hargreaves managed a halved match against their opponents, losses in the other three games resulted in a narrow defeat for Clitheroe.

Clitheroe’s next match will be at home to Fleetwood on Wednesday.

Dave Halsall and Past Lady Captain Doreen Hammond took the honours when Mytton Fold Golf Club celebrated with Lady Captain Carole Maher on the sun-drenched Langho course on Sunday.

Dave’s 39 points was the best of the day, with Peter Kiddie finishing second, just one point in arrears. John Kwasniewski replicated his third placed finish of last week, this time carding 37 points.

In the ladies’ competition Doreen Hammond’s 35 points was top of the charts. Runner up was Abbie Clegg with 33 points and Hazel Sellars was third with 30 points.

The Twos Pot was a competitive affair as a roll-over from last week and a very healthy entry list. Steve Korab converted his nearest-the pin prize into a birdie at the first. Phil Hammond and hole 9 specialist Frank Hindle took their share at the ninth, and John Parkinson took his quarter share at the final hole.

The longest drive at the sixteen was struck by Dave Griffith, while Abbie Clegg was nearest the pin for the ladies at the ninth. Brenda Griffith upheld the female side of the family with the straightest drive on the 15th.

It was a beautiful spring day at Stonyhurst Park Golf Club on Sunday for the Max Aitken Trophy.

The full handicap strokeplay competition was played in near perfect conditions and the scores reflected this. In third place with a score of 89-20-69 was Mark Shaw, runner-up with a great score of 80-14-66 was the man for all seasons Tony Lee, but in first place was Hon. Secretary Graham Monk with an excellent 80-15-65.

The previous Monday the ladies played the medal format Annie Chambers qualifier. Out in front after a card play-off was Linda Ashworth with 86-13-73, closely followed by Carolyn Blockeel with 89-16-73, and Laura Cannan came in third with 105-31-74.

Last Thursday Whalley Ladies played the L.L.C.G.A. Scott Leggatt Foursome Qualifier.

And the winners, with 32 points, were Karen Thompson and Margaret Calvert, from Jennifer Eastwood and Agnes Seery with 31 points, Shirley Palich and Agnes Flanagan with 30 points, and Linda Rhodes and Maggie Harvey with 29 points.

The three couples who will go forward to the next round at Walmersley GC on June 4th are Karen Thompson and Margaret Calvert, Shirley Palich and Agnes Flanagan and Linda Rhodes and Maggie Harvey.

At Wilpshire Golf Club, last Tuesday’s EWGA Medal and Golf Foundation Brooch was won by P. Gallagher (108-33-75).

Runner-up was A. Alcock (91-14-77).

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