Youngster sinks hole-in-one at Clitheroe Golf Club

HOLE-IN-ONE: Sebastian Cave
HOLE-IN-ONE: Sebastian Cave

AN aspiring golfer has become the youngest member to sink a hole-in-one at Clitheroe Golf Club.

Sebastian Cave etched his name in to the record books after achieving one of the sport’s most acclaimed feats. The seven-year-old, who has been a member since the beginning of 2011, fired his one-shot wonder off the ladies’ tee of the par three, 135-yard, fifth hole.

And the talented youngster, who has a handicap of 38, has also claimed the bragging rights in the family. His dad, Alex Cave, said: “Unfortunately I’m injured at the moment so I wasn’t there. My friend Barry Thomas and his son Harrison kindly agreed to take him. I’m gutted that I missed it but having played golf a lot myself I’ve never had a hole-in-one so he’s beat me to it. He’s got that bragging right for the rest of his life now.”

Alex added: “Seb has had a club in his hand since he started walking and he seems to really enjoy playing at the moment. I’m really chuffed for him. I’d like to say he’s got the potential to be as good as Tiger Woods or Lee Westwood but it’s probably a bit early yet.”

A club statement read: “Clitheroe Golf Club congratulates Sebastian Cave on a fantastic achievement in having a hole-in-one at the age of seven. Only recently the club has reduced the age of membership from eight year olds to five, therefore we are sure Sebastian must be the youngest member to ever have a hole in one!

“The club has a very active junior section, run by the junior organiser Denis Greenup and assisted by Sebastian’s father Alex, and encourages both boys and girls to join.”

• FACED with a rock-hard and frost-riddled golf course at Mytton Fold, Steve Rusyn threw caution to the wind to card an astonishing nett 46 over the shortened 16-hole winter course. Playing off a winter playing handicap of 20, Steve came home just seven shots over par and now takes a six-point lead at the head of the Winter League table.

Kevin Shanley, playing off 16, came home in second place. An eagle at the second and a birdie at the eleventh helped Kevin to a double helping from the twos pot and to card an excellent nett 49.

Frank Havard came in third, just one shot behind Kevin. Fourth spot was a hotly contested affair. Just having returned from warmer climes didn’t appear to affect Chris Hughes’ playing in the sub-zero temperatures. His nett 51 was good enough for him to finish ahead of both Richard Greaves (5th) and Nigel Fairhurst (6th) following a three-way card play-off.

There were several players who joined Kevin Shanley in dividing up the twos prize fund. First off the mark was Peter Main at the opening hole, and Club President David Hargreaves, together with Steve Worrell waited until the ninth before circling a two on their cards. Steve Korab birdied the eleventh while Richard Greaves and Club Secretary Dave Clegg waited until the final hole before dipping into the twos money.

In the Winter Pairs it was a win for John Berry and Dave Clegg with an excellent 42 points, just one point ahead of Jean Van Boeckel/Steve Rusyn and Dave Halsall/Peter Main. Last week’s winners John Welch/Wayne Ivinson came home in fourth spot.

With the top three teams having played in nine rounds of the Winter Pairs league it is now time for them to start dropping their lowest scores. Leading at the moment are John Berry/Dave Clegg with Jean Van Boeckel/Steve Rusyn and Ian Thomson/John Whittaker hard on their heels. Dave Halsall/Peter Main are well placed in fourth, having played in just eight rounds so far.

• STONYHURST Park Golf Club is holding its annual Corporate Charity Day on Friday, May 11th. This is the 12th year it has run the event and it has already raised well in access of £80,000 for local charities.

This year’s charities are; Crossroads Care (Ribble Valley branch), Mawdesley Equine People’s Trust and the Bowland and Pennine Mountain Rescue Team.

The day consists of teams of four playing 18 holes of golf, bacon butties, lunch, evening dinner at the Shireburn Hotel and prizes for the successful teams are all provided at a cost of £200 per team. Why not enter a team, sponsor a tee, donate an auction or raffle prize? All are welcome.

If you are interested in any of the above, please contact club captain Ray Robinson at Robinsons.edge@btinternet.com

The hardened Veteran golfers of Stonyhurst Park held their Winter Medal last week. The winner with 38-9=29 was Jim A. Sumner, second was David Mortimer and in third place was A Wilkinson.